Hospital wards with empty beds. Conversations about the troubles of middle age with people once expected to die young. Family dinners with grown, healthy children. 

Big Picture  

A big picture take on global risks from the World Economic Forum survey released today not only pegs the obvious threats (climate change and the pandemic) but digs a bit deeper into societal and health challenges needing serious action.   Among the findings from the Global…

Science  

COVID-19 cases in Japan have plunged 99% from their peak in August, and the country has seen less than 1 death per day in recent weeks.  Why? Experts are struggling to find an answer. 80% of Japan’s population is vaccinated, and masking is the norm. But Japan’s neighbor,…

Countries are bracing for the coming Omicron tidal wave with unprecedented case numbers. 

America found creative ways to adapt to pandemic disruptions in daily life. Many “temporary” solutions that eased our stress have already become standard practice.   The following innovations, according to Politico reporters, will likely become everyday staples:

The faulty COVID-19 testing kits developed by the CDC in the pandemic’s early days weren’t just contaminated—they contained basic design problems that generated false positives, an internal analysis by the agency has found.

South Korea will bring back pandemic restrictions—reversing its “living with COVID-19” policy for now—in a bid to curb record-breaking daily case counts and a worrying increase in severe cases, Channel News Asia reports.   Officials hope limits on gatherings and eateries—…