Protests against police brutality against black Americans risk spreading COVID-19—but police violence is a public health crisis that cannot be ignored, either. “These two stories are linked. They are both public health stories. The link is systemic racism,…

“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…

A spate of horrific incidents has broken through the flood of coronavirus headlines to reveal another contagion: a fear of black men, writes John Blake for CNN. 

As the Trump administration cites the global pandemic to justify largely sealing the border, the US has ramped up deportations of vulnerable migrant children, sending them back to dire circumstances—in some cases without notifying their attorneys.  

“Spat on, stabbed while shopping, shunned for wearing masks,”—these are just a few incidents reported by Asian Americans since the pandemic began.

While headlines highlight COVID-19’s disproportionate toll on black communities, few discuss the potential added dangers to black doctors and nurses who work in underserved minority communities. They are serving patients who often “can’t afford primary care physicians, use…

Venezuelans who fled their country’s economic collapse have returned home to escape Colombia’s strict coronavirus lockdowns, thinking they might be better off. Instead, hundreds have been met with dire conditions.   Venezuelan returnees reported being treated “like dogs”…

People least able to control their environment—those in homeless shelters, prisons, and crowded group homes—are highly vulnerable to COVID-19, yet they’re being ignored, researchers warn. “These populations will become the sources of new outbreaks, even when we feel like…

Long before COVID-19 hit, 70% of Syria’s health care workers fled the country’s civil war. Those who remain believe most critical coronavirus patients will die because of staffing shortages.     While experts are hesitant to draw projections for places as unstable as Syria—…

The economic fallout from COVID-19 is on track to create a “hunger pandemic” that could kill more people than the virus itself, World Food Programme chief David Beasley warns, AP reports.   As ever, developing nations will be hit hardest. Without swift intervention, “…