The heaviest-hit city in the heaviest-hit country? My hometown.  Sint-Truiden is a quaint town of just 40,000 people, considered the “Fruit Capital” of Belgium. A small town filled with proud and hard-working locals, known across the country to be ”e ras apoat” (“…

COVID-19 is a precedent-shattering monster of a pandemic. There’s never been anything quite like it. Historians of public health have struggled mightily to find apt comparisons to our current pandemic. They’ve landed most often on the Great Influenza Pandemic of 1918. On…

The COVID-19 pandemic put the extraordinary power and impact of women leaders around the world on full display. From national leaders in Singapore, New Zealand, and Germany to local and community leaders across the US, women are being lauded for making a difference in their…

For Jenessa Thomas, a 44-year-old marathon runner and nutritionist in central Oregon, the first surprise was waking up one morning in mid-March with a rapid heartbeat. The next day, she borrowed a pulse oximeter and got a reading in the high 70s, far below the 95-100 normal…

An estimated 22% of people globally—1.7 billion—have at least one condition that puts them at a greater risk of developing severe COVID-19 if infected, according to a new study in The Lancet Global Health.

Early, determined steps against COVID-19 across Africa, including strict lockdowns, helped limit deaths—but carried stinging socio-economic costs. To limit the pandemic’s devastating impacts, African countries will need to invest in their health systems, social protection…

America, reeling from twin crises brought on by police brutality and a virus that takes disproportionate aim at people of color, must now reckon with the racism that paved the path for both. To understand the challenges, Global Health NOW turned to Lisa Cooper, MD, MPH, a…

Facemasks, second-by-second case number updates, and scavenged supermarkets: The COVID-19 outbreak has shaken life in Germany to its core.

Much of the current COVID-19 discussion across the US focuses on choreographing a transition from what has been called the “hammer” of lockdowns to the “dance” of a carefully staged easing of certain restrictions.   

15 million people. 20 intensive care beds.