Just ~$5 per person could be enough to prevent the next catastrophic pandemic, says Gro Harlem Brundtland, a former WHO director-general. If the nearly $40 billion price tag sounds steep, consider COVID-19’s $11 trillion cost, says Brundtland, who co-…

Since early in the pandemic, older people and people with obesity have been flagged as higher risk for severe COVID-19 illness.   More and more studies are reinforcing those links, and asking “why?”   It’s not just the underlying conditions that frequently come alongside…

“Long COVID”—in which symptoms drag on for more than 3 months—afflicts up to 60,000 people in the UK, The Guardian reports.

Lately, COVID-19 headlines have been trained on 3 hotspots: the US, Brazil, and India.  

People with sickle cell disease are considered at higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19—but researchers wonder if just carrying 1 copy of the sickle cell gene ups the risk, 

The data on convalescent plasma as a COVID-19 therapy are inconclusive, an NIH panel determined yesterday—undercutting the FDA’s controversial August 23 endorsement of the therapy, 

Funding has been revived for 2 global virus-hunting initiatives that had been dropped.  

India may soon pass Brazil to become the pandemic’s second-worst hit country.

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Since the early days of the coronavirus pandemic, the first concern for Lisa Cooper, director of the Johns Hopkins Urban Health Institute and the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Equity, was the heightened risk for communities of color—a concern that proved to be true.