For African scientists, the coronavirus pandemic may offer a rare opportunity to fill the research funding gap that has long hindered scientific pursuits on the continent.

Much of the current COVID-19 discussion across the US focuses on choreographing a transition from what has been called the “hammer” of lockdowns to the “dance” of a carefully staged easing of certain restrictions.   

As the US grapples with the need for “an army” of 100,000 contact tracers, a free online course aims to get Americans trained for the task. Before the pandemic, just 2,200 contact tracers were working in the US, The Washington post.

Nearly all people exposed to COVID-19 in a New York study developed antibodies to the virus—even those who showed just mild symptoms, according to a New York Times analysis of a preprint study. Based on antibody tests on the first set of donors for a convalescent plasma…

The rising popularity of an unproven COVID-19 remedy in Africa is also raising concern about malaria drug resistance. Developed in Madagascar, the tonic’s main ingredient—Artemisia annua—is the foundation of artemisinin-based combination therapies, the go-to…

Well before COVID-19, the built environment was informed by the legacy of disease pandemics.  

Through world wars, natural disasters, and a slew of other challenges, Muslims have still managed to gather during the holy month of Ramadan. This year is very different: The observant are advised to conduct their spiritual activities solo and from home.  

Embracing digital contact tracing seems to be part of the recipe for success in the East Asian countries that have fared best at “flattening the curve,” Harvard Business Review reports.   In these countries a “collectivist spirit” may override the privacy concerns that make…

Researchers are working at “breakneck speed” to refine a new rapid COVID-19 test using CRISPR’s “search-and-detect” technology—and get it greenlit by regulators.  

Millions turn daily to the COVID-19 Global Tracking Map developed by Lauren Gardner and her team at the Johns Hopkins Whiting School of Engineering. (It powers GHN’s numbers in The Latest section above.)