What Will U.S. Health Care Look Like After the Pandemic?

Even the most vocal critic of the American health care system cannot watch coverage of the current Covid-19 crisis without appreciating the heroism of each caregiver and patient fighting its most-severe consequences. Hospitals are being built in parks and convention centers, new approaches to sterilizing personal protective equipment (PPE) for reuse are being implemented, and

Hydroxychloroquine: how an unproven drug became Trump’s coronavirus ‘miracle cure’

This past weekend, Donald Trump used his daily White House coronavirus briefings to again urge Americans to take hydroxychloroquine, an anti-malaria drug that has not been shown to be safe or effective against Covid-19. “What do you have to lose? Take it,” the president said on Saturday as he boasted that the US had amassed

Inside the Global Race to Fight COVID-19 Using the World’s Fastest Supercomputers

As the director of a global research organization, I feel obligated to use all the resources of cutting-edge science and technology at our disposal to fight this scourge. As a father, I want a lasting solution, one that serves not just in this crisis, but the next. And, as an American and a Spaniard, with

New understanding of brain structure offers insights into Alzheimer’s

A new study has revealed more detail about key brain cells. The team of investigators has found that a structure in the brain is arranged differently than the scientific community once believed. The discovery may have implications for the understanding of neurodegenerative illnesses such as Alzheimer’s disease. The researchers have published their findings in the

How You Can Help Victims of the Coronavirus Pandemic

The coronavirus that started in Wuhan, China, late last year has spread to at least 154 countries and killed thousands. Some countries and regions have been hit harder than others. In many areas, daily life has come to a halt, local economies have unraveled, and medical facilities are coping with a shortage of crucial supplies. Many charities and organizations

Air pollution may be a leading global cause of death

Researchers have found that air pollution is a leading cause of global death. In fact, they claim that it can raise death risk significantly more than other major causes of loss of life, including smoking, malaria, and general violence. The research, which now appears in the journal Cardiovascular Research, suggests that policymakers, health organizations, and the

Covid-19 will accelerate the age of virtual medicine

The telemedicine that the COVID-19 crisis has kicked into high gear is only the first step toward healthcare going almost completely virtual. The rapid spread of the novel coronavirus has forced many patients to be their own doctors, for better or worse, a trend that will likely continue long after the pandemic subsides. And design will play a

Where is the world at with a coronavirus vaccine?

Vaccines take years to develop. But mere months after the novel coronavirus that causes Covid-19 was first spotted, a team at the University of Oxford is already recruiting for human clinical trials for its vaccine against the disease, while researchers at Imperial College London took just two weeks from receiving the sequenced genome of the virus to

How the Pandemic Will End

Three months ago, no one knew that SARS-CoV-2 existed. Now the virus has spread to almost every country, infecting at least 446,000 people whom we know about, and many more whom we do not. It has crashed economies and broken health-care systems, filled hospitals and emptied public spaces. It has separated people from their workplaces

What it’s like to be infected with coronavirus

Ritchie Torres, 32, a New York City councilman from the Bronx, first had nothing more than a “general sickly feeling.” Then came a bad headache. He felt terrible. But for Torres, the worst effects of covid-19 so far have been mental: “It is psychologically unsettling to know I am carrying a virus that could harm

COVID-19: 5 reasons to be cautiously hopeful

The death toll for COVID-19 is on the rise, and so is the total number of cases. In the context of this global pandemic, feeling overwhelmed by all the negative information is a natural response. But researchers are also hard at work trying to understand, treat, and prevent the new coronavirus. We take a look

The Tech That Could Be Our Best Hope for Fighting COVID-19—and Future Outbreaks

Battling a pandemic as serious as COVID-19 requires drastic responses, and political leaders and public-health officials have turned to some of the most radical strategies available. What began with a lockdown of one city in China quickly expanded to the quarantine of an entire province, and now entire countries including Italy. While social isolation and curfews are

Community characteristics may affect life expectancy

A team of researchers has found that community characteristics may have associations with people’s life expectancy. The research, appearing in the journal Social Science & Medicine, suggests that authorities should consider taking these community characteristics, as well as other well-known predictors of life expectancy, into consideration when making policy. Relative decline in life expectancy According to

Psychology experts share their tips for safeguarding your mental health during quarantine

In a move that would have been unthinkable just months ago, quarantine and social distancing have now become commonplace globally as governments make concerted efforts to fight the spiraling coronavirus outbreak. The measures, which have seen citizens from the U.S. to India either encouraged or enforced to stay in their homes, are deemed by medical

The Problem with U.S. Health Care Isn’t a Shortage of Doctors

The coronavirus epidemic is increasing demands on health care’s frontline, primary care physicians. Even before the outbreak emerged, conventional wisdom held that we’re facing a PCP shortage. Quartz this July warned of a “devastating” doctor shortage poised to strike America. Later that month, the Washington Post chimed in with “America to face a shortage of primary care physicians within a decade or

Tired of The Coronavirus? Here Are 10 Good News Stories You Need Right Now

Life during a global pandemic takes on a surreal quality. The ubiquitous presence of social media and a constant fire hose of coronavirus news can make it particularly hard if you're already feeling anxious. So, we've put together a little round-up of recent science news that we find inspiring, encouraging, and worthy of note in these

How the coronavirus spreads, infects: Its medical impact is now coming into sharper focus

The medical impact of the new coronavirus is coming into sharper focus as it continues its spread in what is now officially recognized as a pandemic. Its true fatality rate isn't yet known, but it seems 10 times higher than the flu, which kills hundreds of thousands around the world each year, the United States'

There Is No Cure for COVID-19, No Matter What the Internet Says

Misinformation about COVID-19 is spreading online, including many fake cures or treatments for the disease. At least seven companies have been warned by the Food and Drug Administration for fraudulent products to treat COVID-19. The products cited in these warning letters include teas, essential oils, tinctures, and colloidal silver. As anxiety over the potential spread

9 charts that explain the coronavirus pandemic

The outbreak of Covid-19, a coronavirus-caused illness that originated in Wuhan, China, and has since spread to most of the world, is one of the most serious public health crises in decades. It has spread far wider than Ebola did in 2014, and the World Health Organization has designated it a pandemic. As of March 11, there have

Coronavirus Is Exposing Deficiencies in U.S. Health Care

Coronavirus is spreading rapidly across the U.S. and — like other major epidemics — is shedding a merciless light on the failings of the U.S. health care delivery system The first is its deficient primary care capability. Many Americans lack access to affordable primary care providers they know and trust, and who know them. In the case