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How behavioural science could help us stop coronavirus

Covid-19 transmission is dictated by human behaviour. So how do we change how people behave?

By Pete Lunn  

The way we behave isn't just dictated by what we are told, but how we are told it. Photo: PA

A few days back, I walked into a Dublin hospital that is getting it right. Immediately beyond the revolving door, just a few yards into the main lobby, stood a large, red “Stop” sign, the same shape as at road junctions. Below it was a dispenser containing hand sanitiser. At the reception desk, before requesting my name or appointment letter, the receptionist politely asked, “Did you use the…

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