As pandemic-related economic worries expand nationwide, Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan announced urgent actions Monday because "twin battles" need to be waged against both the novel coronavirus and a large-scale economic disaster. 

Leadership matters. Competence matters. Preparation matters—especially when you’re given advance warning.  Above all, organized action by a capable government matters. It’s what happened during past natural disasters, financial crises, and terrorist attacks. Although the…

One of the biggest unknowns in the COVID-19 pandemic: What will happen in Africa? Home to 1.2 billion people, Africa has seen the novel coronavirus quickly spread to 37 countries and more than 700 cases. Will African countries be able to effectively detect and isolate new…

Replacing bar meetups with virtual happy hours might offer a much-needed salve during the novel coronavirus pandemic, but downing too much alcohol could also reduce your immune system’s ability to fight off infectious diseases, according to numerous studies.

A sweeping UN climate report released yesterday offers a familiar dire forecast for the planet.   But this report addresses a brand new factor—COVID-19—and UN chief António Guterres warned that the outbreak must not distract from the climate change fight. "Both must be…

As countries across the world struggle to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus, rapid and accurate diagnosis has rarely been so important. Or so controversial.  Over the past few weeks, diagnostic tests for the new coronavirus have been developed, authorized and…

Health workers danced and sang in celebration as the DRC discharged its last Ebola patient yesterday, a milestone in the 42-day countdown to declaring the country Ebola-free, 

SAN ANTONIO – The nightmare cruise is finally over for more than 120 evacuees from the Diamond Princess.  They were released from their COVID-19 quarantine Tuesday afternoon after a battle between local officials and the federal government.  The 120 evacuees were leaving…

The WHO has called out China for failing to share data on coronavirus infections among health care workers—one of the global health agency’s few public criticisms of China’s handling of the outbreak, according to The Washington Post. China waited until February 14 to…