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When Does A Pandemic Start To Erode Civil Liberties?

Mask mandates have become a polarizing issue across the country, from Arizona to Georgia. So where do we draw the line between public health and civil liberties? That’s our main topic on this week’s PODCAST-19. Then we talk about air — if the novel coronavirus can spread through tiny droplets, how can buildings ensure it’s safe to breathe during the pandemic? And finally, some good vaccine news!

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Anna Rothschild is FiveThirtyEight’s senior producer for video.

Jake Arlow is a producer at FiveThirtyEight.