Well before COVID-19 shocked the world, researchers at the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness and Innovation—set up just 3 years ago—were busy preparing for just such an unknown: “Disease X.”   COVID-19 is that disease—and thanks in part to CEPI, vaccine development has…

Early blunders in its COVID-19 response have pushed the US to a tragic supremacy: It now has more confirmed cases than any other country, The New York Times reports. 

Why is Italy’s startling COVID-19 death rate—7.2%—so much higher than China’s 2.3%?  

COVID-19’s lethal invasion in late 2019 has turned the world inside out. Yet, another disease, tuberculosis, has been plaguing humans since the Upper Paleolithic era, some 20,000 years ago. In fact, many infection-prevention precautions promoted for the coronavirus—coughing…

There are now 7 types of coronavirus that affect humans including the one that causes COVID-19. Why was SARS-CoV-2 the one to cause a pandemic? Ed Yong explains.    The virus hasn't even shown any significant mutations—after all, it’s spreading across the globe just fine…

COVID-19 appears to kill more men than women in many hard-hit countries—mystifying experts.

There’s 2 sides of the coin when it comes to air pollution and COVID-19.   One the one hand, long-term lung damage from intense air pollution may worsen the disease, The Guardian reports.  

Vectorborne diseases thrive in humanitarian emergencies, marked by mass displacement, ravaged infrastructure, and poor security. These circumstances are the reality for much of the high-burden malaria population across Africa.   These factors pose huge challenges for vector…

As COVID-19 continues its worldwide attack, few pockets remain untouched. Here's a grim, global tour:South-East Asia