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The Psychology Behind Students’ Public Health Decisions During COVID-19

In the past year and a half, many students have changed their behavior regarding travel, events, and other activities due to the COVID-19 pandemic — with the previous school year having included COVID-19 testing, indoor hiding and Zoom fatigue.

The Sun spoke to Professor Laura Niemi, a psychologist, about the ethical dilemmas that young people, especially college students, face while making public health decisions during the pandemic.

According to Niemi, realizing that some activities are risky but still want to participate presents an ethical dilemma for many people. Travel is one such example, especially since so many students are leaving Ithaca for fall break and Thanksgiving this semester.

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