COVID-19 stressors driven depression symptoms in the US up by 3X—to 27.8% from 8.5% pre-pandemic, according to a new survey in JAMA Network Open.

Among the myriad challenges of distributing a COVID-19 vaccine across remote swathes of Africa, South America, and Asia: keeping vaccines cold. Some of the most promising vaccine candidates may need to be stored at “Antarctic-level temperatures.”   Outside of the 25 most…

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

Steroids are set to become the new standard of care for severe COVID-19 cases after not 1, but 3 studies showed the inexpensive drugs reduced deaths in the sickest patients, 

“I call this the road to medical hell.”   That’s how 91-year-old infectious disease expert Calvin Kunin describes the wanton overuse of antibiotics in a 1950s flu epidemic—and now during COVID-19.   The COVID-era antibiotic of choice is azithromycin, a “very, very valuable…

A fresh polio outbreak in Sudan was triggered by a vaccine-derived virus from Chad, WHO announced yesterday.   WHO declared Africa wild poliovirus-free last week—but that good news was tempered by the possibility of vaccine-derived outbreaks like this one. In rare cases,…

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, 

Sri Lanka has some of the most restrictive abortion laws anywhere, permitting the procedure only if the mother’s life is in danger. But hundreds of women still undergo the procedure every day.   The outsize influence of the Catholic church is one reason for the stigma…

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, 

New data bolster the evidence that COVID-19 is spread primarily via aerosol transmission, rather than large respiratory droplets or contaminated surfaces, according to 2 Clinical Infectious Diseases studies,