As countries across the world struggle to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus, rapid and accurate diagnosis has rarely been so important. Or so controversial.  Over the past few weeks, diagnostic tests for the new coronavirus have been developed, authorized and…

A state-sponsored think tank in China is floating the idea of a Beijing-led global health organization to rival the WHO, according to emails seen by Axios.   The move is part of China’s effort to rebrand itself as a global health leader—rather than a pariah—in light of the…

The WHO’s decision to elevate COVID-19’s estimated fatality rate to 3.4% this week fueled more confusion—but it appears to be because there aren’t as many asymptomatic cases as thought, CNBC reports.   

People generally flee epidemic hotspots—the CDC’s Epidemic Intelligence Service does just the opposite, writes medical journalist Seema Yasmin, who was a member of this “elite squad of contagion-hunters.”   They are the disease detectives tracking COVID-19, and their job is…

Weeks ago, Iranian health officials said COVID-19 was no match for their public health system and dismissed quarantines as “archaic.” Now, their country has the most COVID-19 deaths outside of China. A top government priority? Silencing medical workers.

SAN ANTONIO – The nightmare cruise is finally over for more than 120 evacuees from the Diamond Princess.  They were released from their COVID-19 quarantine Tuesday afternoon after a battle between local officials and the federal government.  The 120 evacuees were leaving…

A coronavirus outbreak that began in a seafood and animal market in Wuhan, China in December 2019 has spread to other countries and led experts to worry about the potential for a severe pandemic. This FAQ provides the basics of what a coronavirus is, how it’s transmitted…

Calling the COVID-19 outbreak “uncharted territory,” WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus emphasized at a Geneva briefing yesterday that countries can still take important steps to contain their outbreaks, BBC reports.    “We can push this virus back,” Tedros…

Even as China reported a 6-week low in new COVID-19 cases,  swiftly rising case counts elsewhere—including the first cases in megacities Jakarta, New York, and Berlin—stirred growing global distress and worries over worst-case scenarios, the AP reports.