A coronavirus outbreak that emerged in Wuhan, China in December 2019 has snowballed into the COVID-19 pandemic. Now, the virus that causes the disease has infected nearly 2.6 million people around the world–killing more than 178,800 people as of April 22, 2020.  This FAQ…

WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus had a stark wake-up call to countries giving up or not stepping up to mobilize against COVID-19,  EuroNews reports. “This is not a drill, this is not a time to give up, this is not a time for excuses, this is a time…

CASABLANCA—Ibtissam remembers the laughter, the music, the henna-stained hands of the women lined up to welcome a newlywed couple in her neighbor’s home in Safi, a city in Western Morocco: “It felt like a party.”

Paris may have the Louvre, Beijing the Forbidden City, and Delhi the Red Fort, but Baltimore has an 825-pound ball of string.   And it can be yours!   The spherical 337.5 miles of string is for sale. After the famed Haussner’s restaurant closed in 1999, Bob Gerber bought it…

A new, more affordable pneumonia vaccine is high on the agenda at the inaugural Global Forum on Childhood Pneumonia in Barcelona this week. Prohibitive costs mean 55 million children remain unvaccinated, many of them in middle-income countries that don’t get cut-rate…

Australian scientists have created the first lab-grown recreation of the coronavirus outside of China, which could prove crucial in developing a vaccine and testing patients who don’t show symptoms, Reuters reports.

Coronavirus cases hit 6,000 this a.m.

The coronavirus outbreak is putting China’s chronically overloaded health care system under enormous strain, The New York Times reports. 8 hospitals in Hubei province (which includes Wuhan) issued urgent appeals last week for medical equipment. Some medical staff “have…

Countries should fight public health threats with the same vigor they use to tackle terrorism, WHO warns in a roundup of the top health challenges of the next decade.   Highlights from the list (in no particular order): 

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