Cancer patients—and survivors—who develop COVID-19 face a much greater risk of death than the general population, according to a pair of studies published yesterday in the Lancet.

The pandemic has forced a “morbid, real-time experiment” in the impact of mass social isolation.  

47 African countries can expect a quarter billion COVID-19 cases, according to a new WHO model, though they will likely suffer fewer deaths over a longer time than the US and Europe, The Guardian reports.

The US and Brazil have the Americas’ highest number of COVID-19 deaths. They also have leaders who are sending mixed messages about the response.

Early in the COVID-19 pandemic, the US recorded higher-than-normal mortality—an estimated 15,400 excess deaths over a 5-week period. That’s nearly 2X the official number of COVID-19 deaths—8,128—during the period in March and early April, according to a Yale School of…

Last week, it looked like Japan was winning the fight against COVID-19 without the chaotic disruptions in Europe and the US. But now, cases are rising: 70+ new cases today, Reuters reports, and a lockdown now looks likely. There are 2,000+ reported cases nationwide—500 in…

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

In Botswana, cancer patients camp out in referral hospitals for up to weeks, waiting to be seen. The largest referral hospital has just one medical oncologist.   Some travel ~500 miles to get there, some toting their medical records in plastic bags. Endless rounds of…

Cancer death disparities between African Americans and whites narrowed significantly in the last 30 years. In 1990, the “excess risk” in cancer mortality for black people was 47%. A recent American Cancer Society study found that number dropped to 19% by 2016.   The dive…

In 2015, more than 300,000 women died during childbirth—often from preventable causes. 99% of the deaths occurred in developing countries. While maternal mortality fell 44% from 1990-2015, that still falls short of the UN’s goals.