It doesn’t take many patients to trigger a health care crisis in a poor rural community like Lowndes County, Alabama. It has no hospital and 1 doctor. Enter COVID-19 and an infection rate rivaling that of the New York City’s hardest-hit ZIP Code during its peak.    In…

COVID-19 has sent ICUs eerily silent, save the ambient noise of machines working to keep the sickest patients alive.   With loved ones forced to stay away, palliative care workers teams are often been the only person in the room when a person dies.   Several shared their…

Preliminary results showing that a cheap steroid reduces the risk of death among gravely ill COIVD-19 patients is inspiring hope and skepticism.  The finding has not been peer-reviewed, but University of Oxford researchers announced the steroid dexamethasone—when given to…

Even as the US government bought up ventilators to replenish a national stockpile, states scrambled to buy medical supplies from private companies in a chaotic spiral of bidding wars.   While it’s illegal to price-gouge crucial resources during an emergency, prices…

This pandemic has made it clear that disease surveillance is too slow.   Instead of relying on a patchwork of health providers to report unusual events, what if anywhere that collects blood could be on the lookout for unusual antibodies?   That’s the aim of the Global…

Could existing polio vaccines be used to fight coronavirus?   Researchers—including Robert Gallo, who helped discover HIV—are seeking funding to test their theory, making their case in Science this week.   They argue that live attenuated vaccines can trigger “interferon and…

What does contact tracing look like?   After 20 years with the Salt Lake County Public Health Department in Utah, Debbie Sorenesen has some idea. So do the dozens of brand new contact tracers the state has recruited since the pandemic began—more than tripling its number of…

The WHO called into question the extent that asymptomatic people are spreading COVID-19, launching a global debate, The Hill reports.

Coronavirus communicators are finally getting to know an inevitable ally: the influencer. To reach vulnerable communities at the local level, the NoCovid project—the National Organizing Coalition On Virus Information Distribution—enlists celebrities and scientists alike to…

One of the biggest questions around an eventual COVID-19 vaccine: Will it be equitably deployed throughout the world?   Inspired by previous efforts around Ebola and pneumococcal vaccines,