Widespread disease outbreaks have the potential to shock societies into new ways of living.
Don Brown’s “A Shot in the Arm!” — Book 3 in his Big Ideas That Changed the World series — couldn’t be more timely.
What have we learned from the year that lasted a century?
The coronavirus has spread into the most remote villages, a reminder of earlier pandemics that ravaged the state. Now there is a rush to deliver vaccines in time.
Dr. Anthony S. Fauci’s donation of his 3-D virus model to the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History comes as museums are working to document the Covid-19 era.
From cholera to AIDS, epidemics have given rise to landmarks around the world, be they sculptures, churches or feats of engineering. In this dire moment, their histories resonate.
The era of the Antonine Plague offers a reminder of what a powerful force nature has been throughout human history.
America wasn’t ready for the pandemic. And it isn’t ready for the next contagion to strike our woodlands.
The author of “The Big Short” and “Moneyball” takes on a frightening subject in his new book “The Premonition”: how to prevent a viral outbreak even worse than Covid-19.
As governments begin rolling out the biggest vaccine drives in history, a look at mass vaccination campaigns of the past offers insight into mistakes.
Shortages of shots for yellow fever, polio and other diseases have led to innovative solutions even in very poor countries.
An interim report from the World Health Organization is both a bleak recounting of deadly missteps and an early blueprint for repairs: “We have failed in our collective capacity.”
The Five Star Movement’s long history of sowing doubt about vaccines may have made Italy’s mass inoculation program that much harder. The irony is not lost on Italians.
The approvals, which include a shot developed by Bharat Biotech, an Indian pharmaceutical company, begin a vast campaign to inoculate the hard-hit nation’s 1.3 billion people.
We know remarkably little about John Sheppard and his “Media vita.” But it has become a cult favorite of early music.
Even as older adults await the coronavirus vaccine, many are skipping the standard ones. That’s not wise, health experts say.
Thousands of internal directives and reports reveal how Chinese officials stage-managed what appeared online in the early days of the outbreak.
When a single case of smallpox arrived in Manhattan in 1947, a severe outbreak was possible. A decisive civil servant made a bold decision.
The agency also urged Americans to stay home during the coming holidays, and to get tested if they do travel.
The billionaire is working with the W.H.O., drugmakers and nonprofits to defeat the coronavirus everywhere, including in the world’s poorest nations. Can they do it?
Many of the worst things the president has said and done were said and done by his predecessors.
*Just not in the United States.
In “American Contagions,” John Fabian Witt writes about how jurisprudence has influenced public health, from promoting the social good to compounding existing inequalities.
The two presidents drove out 10,000 Cuban doctors and nurses. They defunded the region’s leading health agency. They wrongly pushed hydroxychloroquine as a cure.
A manifesto urging reliance on “herd immunity” without lockdowns was warmly received by administration officials. But the strategy cannot stem the pandemic, many experts say.
The imposition of a curfew in several major cities underscored a difficult choice: further dampening the economy or risking more lives.
A catastrophic sequence of decisions has blocked states from responding to the pandemic.
For the founder of the Vaccine Confidence Project, squashing viral rumors means building trust — and avoiding the term “anti-vaxxer.”
Despite the crises of 2020, parents can realistically expect that children born today will outlive them. That wasn’t always the case.
Forget the snark. Just wear a mask.
The president’s result came after he spent months playing down the severity of the outbreak that has killed more than 207,000 in the United States and hours after insisting that “the end of the pandemic is in sight.”
The World Health Organization said open borders would help fight disease. Experts, and a global treaty, emphatically agreed. But the scientific evidence was never behind them.
Over the past 10 months, the virus has taken more lives than H.I.V., malaria, influenza and cholera. And as it sows destruction in daily life around the globe, it is still growing quickly.
For now, countries are betting they can suppress hospital admissions and deaths without imposing more lockdowns, even as case numbers approach peak levels from last spring.
The new guidance, published only on Friday, had acknowledged that fine particles floating in air may spread the virus.
The Covid-19 pandemic has set back public health efforts by years. But in an interview, the tech philanthropist expressed hope about new avenues for foreign aid
A silver-bullet vaccine is far from guaranteed. But it’s also not the only way out of the pandemic.
How Hong Kong’s food culture has adapted to epidemic after epidemic, fending off disease while saving its favorite dishes, and its soul.
It’s not just Covid-19. Pathogens once confined to nature are making their way into humans on a more regular basis. And it’s our fault.
A federal agency is resurrecting a version of Predict, a scientific network that for a decade watched for new pathogens dangerous to humans. Joe Biden has also vowed to fund the effort.
I spend my time talking to experts, trying to envision what the future of the coronavirus crisis looks like. There aren’t a lot of rules on how to do this.
This spring, death rates rivaled those seen during the country’s deadliest pandemic, a new study finds. “What 1918 looked like is basically this.”
Airborne virus plays a significant role in community transmission, many experts believe. A new study fills in the missing piece: Floating virus can infect cells.
Thousands of Covid-19 patients have been treated with blood plasma outside of rigorous clinical trials — hampering research that would have shown whether the therapy worked.
Thousands of Covid-19 patients have been treated with blood plasma outside of rigorous clinical trials — hampering research that would have showed whether the therapy worked.
There’s not just one coronavirus outbreak in the United States. Now there are many, each requiring its own mix of solutions.
The Spanish epidemic has become a painful example of the tendency of one government after another to ignore the experiences of countries where the virus has already struck.
The global health agency sent two experts to China, but it is unclear how much access they are getting. They must first complete a two-week quarantine.
Urban centers, with a dynamism that feeds innovation, have long been resilient. But the pandemic could drive a shift away from density.
The coronavirus exposed European countries’ misplaced confidence in faulty models, bureaucratic busywork and their own wealth.