COVID-19 has “exposed some things that are unsightly about us as a society”—including selfishness and an unwillingness “to sacrifice personal privilege for communal safety,” said Pastor Howard-John Wesley, DMin, of Alexandria, Virginia’s Alfred Street Baptist Church at…

Back in September, the story of Massachusetts school children taking a party bus with stripper poles to school went viral.   But this was just one extreme manifestation of a national school transportation crisis.   More than half of responding districts in one national …

How do prisons and jails isolate COVID-19 patients? Often, it’s solitary confinement, forcing patients to recuperate under the same dehumanizing conditions as those put “in the hole” as punishment. Unlike COVID-19 patients, those punished with solitary get an hour a day…

The Namibian government is violating the indigenous San people’s right to health by neglecting the massive TB burden on the hunter-gatherer indigenous group, according to an Amnesty International report.

Even as the US is seeing signs of the latest wave cresting, COVID-19 has a way of brutally reminding Americans it remains a dangerous threat to life.

COVID-19 and the climate took center stage as the United Nations General Assembly opened up yesterday, under an honor system vaccination requirement for in-person attendees.   Nevertheless, it was Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro—who reportedly isn’t…

An estimated 9.7 million people die each year in India—more than New York City’s entire population—yet many deaths go undocumented. That’s a problem for public health. The missing data could inform public health decision-making, including identifying hotspots and…

As summer COVID-19 surges usher masking and distancing back in across the US, contact tracing is being left in the toolbox. Many states began dialing back tracing months ago; Texas’ new budget bans contact tracing funding altogether.   That’s a missed opportunity, says Tom…

China is reporting an increase in COVID-19 cases in Yunnan province that are likely imported from neighboring Burma (Myanmar), which is experiencing a Delta variant-fueled surge in cases.   As 65 new cases were reported yesterday and 31 on Sunday, Yunnan vice-governor Zong…

It’s much worse than India’s official numbers. The country has experienced from 3.4 million to 4.9 million excess deaths COVID-19—far higher than the 400,000 deaths cited by the government, according to a new Center for Global Development report.