A new Lancet article underscores the value of social distancing and face masks in controlling the spread of the novel coronavirus—but the research notes that one-layer cloth masks aren’t as effective as gold-standard N95 surgical masks, 

With the biggest pandemic in a century raging, you’d think this year’s 15,000 new public health graduates wouldn’t have much difficulty finding a job. But COVID-19 has badly shaken the economy and depleted government coffers, making near-term hiring prospects rocky at best.

“Parallel plagues” of COVID-19 and police brutality—both taking an outsize toll on black Americans—have sparked outrage and grief across the US,  The New York Times Reports. Some protesters, moved by the senseless death of George Floyd in police custody, donned bandanas or…

From drive-by Catholic funerals to forgoing the Islamic ritual of washing the bodies of the deceased, COVID-19 has upended mourning rituals across belief systems.   It’s not the first time.   During the 1918 flu pandemic, Italians expressed horrors at loved ones buried “…

Medical and public health experts are warning that President Trump’s decision to sever ties with the WHO will not only endanger the COVID-19 response but will roll back progress against other global health fights like polio, malaria, and vaccine delivery, CNN reports.

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.

As countries remain preoccupied with their COVID-19 responses, aid is approaching a “fiscal cliff” in Yemen—which was facing the world’s worst humanitarian crisis well before the pandemic, NPR reports.  

What happens if the US—the WHO’s biggest donor—pulls away from the organization?     President Trump has already frozen WHO funding and has threatened to make that permanent unless WHO can prove it’s not beholden to China.   Among other impacts, the US pullout would…

America's COVID-19 death toll passed 100,000 yesterday—a toll that far exceeds any other country’s and is almost certainly an undercount, the New York Times reports. The pandemic is now on track to be the nation’s deadliest public health disaster since the 1918 flu…

As COVID-19 cases spiral in India, even those seeking private care—which usually buffers the dilapidated public health system—are struggling to secure hospital beds, Reuters reports.