As the world comes to terms with the inevitable spread of COVID-19—now in at least 2 dozen countries—we’re all likely to have a brush with it, James Hamblin reports in The Atlantic.  

COVID-19 “spot fires” erupted in the Middle East, Italy, and South Korea over the weekend, with tough-to-trace cases that officials say signals a new phase of the outbreak, the AP reports.

Latin America has some of the highest rates of violence against women—and university campuses are far from immune.     A lack formal reporting protocol—or an unwillingness to enforce policies—has long enabled a “culture of machismo” that allows bad actors to maintain…

Not a single country is doing enough to protect children’s lives and their futures, according to a landmark report from a WHO-UNICEF-Lancet commission.   Despite that bleak assessment, the report urges countries to learn from some countries’ successes.   South Korea, Norway…

With 760 million people in China under residential lockdown, scientific experiments in China are pretty much at a standstill, leaving researchers wondering how they can continue their work without compromising safety,Science reports.   

As @thekrista says, “Public Health Valentine’s … We ruin everything!” But you know what really kills the mood? Infectious diseases, foodborne illness, and heart disease! Public health is actually quite the cupid, thanks very much. What could be more loving than these wise…

As Hong Kong braces for a surge in coronavirus cases, memories of the 2003 SARS outbreak are close at hand, NPR reports.   Some say Hong Kong hasn’t learned its lesson. While public transportation and schools are shut down, Hong Kong’s border with mainland China remains…

In a fresh push to end FGM by 2030, WHO launched a new tool today that calculates the cost of the practice, marking the International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation, UN News reports.  

Escalating violence has triggered an “unprecedented” mass exodus of Syrians, raising grave concerns about access to health care and the spread of diseases.   Hundreds of thousands of Syrians have been forced to flee since the start of December which, coupled with violence,…

Professional athletes are known for overcoming mental limits to achieve incredible physical feats.  For some athletes, the “invisible tattoos” of childhood trauma may manifest as an all-important drive to succeed, writes William D. Parham, director of the Mental Health and…