Republican Convention, Day 2: Pomp, the Pandemic and Planned Parenthood

The Republican National Convention offered Americans a picture Tuesday night of a compassionate White House in action. But not a lot was said about the biggest health crisis in a century that has killed more than 170,000 people in this country.

First lady Melania Trump wrapped up the evening with a speech from her redesigned Rose Garden, acknowledging to audience members — almost all without masks — that, “since March, our lives have changed drastically.” She also said her husband’s administration has been relentless in its effort to find a vaccine or treatment for COVID-19. “Donald will not rest until he has done all he can to take care of everyone impacted by this terrible pandemic,” she said.

Before ending her address, she alluded to her husband’s brash reputation. “Total honesty is what we as citizens deserve from our president,” she said. “Whether you like it or not, you always

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Risk or reward? Outdoor dining may be relatively safe, but you should still consider social distancing guidelines and other safety measures. (For Spectrum Health Beat)

Ever find yourself trying to rationalize risky behavior? Notice other people doing this?

Without realizing it, you or those around you might be leaning on thought processes that social psychologists have identified as problematic.

You’ve probably read news stories recently about people who have failed to take the COVID-19 pandemic seriously.

Some have shunned social distancing guidelines.

Others have scoffed at the notion of wearing masks.

The fact is, there will always be those who fail to properly assess risk.

Writer A.C. Shilton pointed out two social psychology concepts in this respect: optimistic bias and confirmation bias.

Optimistic bias is when we believe we are less likely to have something bad happen to us.

Confirmation bias is when we seek out information that confirms

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