Would a deadlier pandemic have yielded different political divides?
The roots of U.S. vaccine mandates predate both the U.S. and vaccines.
The collection of the German Hygiene Museum shows that the same debates recur whenever disease breaks out, even if we don’t remember them.
The public health response to a Covid outbreak in Provincetown shows a better way to monitor the disease.
Infections in vaccinated Americans also may be as transmissible as those in unvaccinated people, the document said, and lead more often to severe illness.
The pandemic revealed the glaring weaknesses of the world’s premier public health agency — and just how much work it would take to reform it.
The U.S. needs to be prepared with proactive vaccines that can stop pandemics no matter their origins.
In “The Plague Year,” Lawrence Wright tells the story of the pandemic that upended all of our lives — both the failures to combat it, and the science that saved us.
A Times obituary series that made the pandemic’s toll personal is ending.
Joe DeRisi invented a way to find pathogens that scientists didn’t even know to look for. Can it help prevent the next pandemic?
Many experts now say that the fixation on herd immunity as the only path back to normalcy is misguided.
Dr. Wu Lien-Teh helped change the course of a plague epidemic in the early 20th century and promoted the use of masks as a public health tool.
Vaccines helped people overlook their vulnerabilities even as many of them became suspicious of the benefits of those shots.
Colorado Mesa University and the Broad Institute of M.I.T. and Harvard have spent the last year exploring new approaches to managing outbreaks.
Swift mask mandates and travel restrictions, an international treaty and the creation of new bureaucracies are among the recommendations presented to the W.H.O.
In his new book, “The Premonition,” Lewis looks at the experts who perceived the shape of the pandemic and what could be done to stop it.
Widely circulating coronavirus variants and persistent hesitancy about vaccines will keep the goal out of reach. The virus is here to stay, but vaccinating the most vulnerable may be enough to restore normalcy.
Vaccination campaigns have always, eventually, succeeded.
Between 1920 and 2020, the average human life span doubled. How did we do it? Science mattered — but so did activism.
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.”