People are living longer but with more disabilities, according to the latest numbers published today in 

UK health care workers face a 7X higher risk than than non-essential workers of becoming severely sick from COVID-19, according to a new

Conflict in Ethiopia’s northern Tigray region, piled on top of one of Africa’s worst COVID-19 outbreaks, is pushing humanitarian responders to their limit. The fighting has displaced nearly 1 million people, sending more than 45,000 to crowded camps in Sudan—where…

By official numbers, India’s outbreak is ebbing while COVID-19 cases surge in the US and Europe.   Since mid-September: 

Pinpointing SARS-CoV-2’s animal origins is key to preventing a similar outbreak—but China has kept the search “shrouded in secrecy” from the get-go, resisting outside scrutiny, blocking probes of discrepancies, and dictating the terms of WHO involvement.   Concessions were…

In the Amazonian capital of Manaus, COVID-19 seems to be running out of people to infect, MIT Technology Review reports.  

A trio of new studies suggest COVID-19 is being passed between animals and humans:  

A fresh polio outbreak in Sudan was triggered by a vaccine-derived virus from Chad, WHO announced yesterday.   WHO declared Africa wild poliovirus-free last week—but that good news was tempered by the possibility of vaccine-derived outbreaks like this one. In rare cases,…

Many studies have investigated the immediate and short-term impact of Ebola—but little is known about its long-term toll on those lucky enough to survive.   A new study of survivors of the 2013–2016 Ebola outbreak in Guinea sheds some light, finding that Ebola’s toll can…

The pandemic has thrust public health specialists into the spotlight like never before.   Called on to monitor and model the outbreak, advise on policy, and educate the public, many feel grateful to be able to help. But the burnout is real.   In a field where success is…