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%?  

Parents-to-be are rushing to adjust their birth plans amid the COVID-19 pandemic—and so are hospitals, The Atlantic reports.

The US could become the new COVID-19 epicenter, the WHO said today, pointing to a “very large acceleration in cases, Reuters reports. 40% of all new cases tracked by the WHO in the last 24 hours have come  from the US—marking a sharp acceleration.

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…

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.  

The 1918 flu and other pandemics of yore didn’t need air travel to spread like wildfire—and closing borders today won’t stop COVID-19, either.   But today we have the strongest weapon ever against pandemics: information, writes the historian Noah Harari.   COVID-19’s…

The UK is quickly backpedaling from a bungled COVID-19 strategy announced last week, which appeared to bank on "herd immunity."  Yesterday, an Imperial College London report acknowledged that the strategy would “likely result in hundreds of thousands of deaths,”…