“This is the humanitarian mission of our lifetimes. And we won’t win every battle,” the chief medical officer of a New York City health system wrote to her staff last week. She warned that patients requiring ICU-level care were going to surpass their resources, according to…

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…

Chaos reigned at the CDC during the early stages of the coronavirus outbreak, ProPublica reports.   Hundreds of emails sent from January to early March reveal “an antiquated public health system trying to adapt on the fly.”   The correspondence reveals:

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. 

People who rely on addiction support groups are finding themselves isolated and at risk of relapse amid the COVID-19 pandemic.   Alcoholics Anonymous groups taken a range of actions. In Mexico City, meetings have hand sanitizer at the door; in Nairobi, some groups meet in…

GPS data are judging social distancing efforts.   The startup Unacast—which gathers data from consumer apps—is scoring the US based on reductions in distances traveled, The Washington Post reports.   Washington, DC scored an A; Wyoming got an F. The US overall received a B…

It’s looking like China’s severe social distancing policies paid off, as it passed the 5-days with no new locally transmitted cases on March 23.

“Team 700” bursts from the loudspeaker multiple times a day at New York’s Elmhurst Hospital Center, according to The New York Times. It’s code for a patient on the verge of death. New York City hospitals are seeing an “apocalyptic surge” of COVID-19 patients. 13 people died…

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

India put its population of 1.3 billion on lockdown yesterday, heeding calls from the WHO to take aggressive action, UN News reports.“If you can’t handle these 21 days, this country will go back 21 years,” warned Prime Minister Narendra Modi.