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Mind and Body

What scientists know — and don’t know — about the Langya virus

Feeling worried? Don’t be yet.

Opinion
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Research on a deadly bacteria might be a Covid-19 vaccine gamechanger

Opinion: This promising science presents an opportunity to make a lasting and wider impact beyond Covid-19.

Covid-19
Some people who take the Pfizer oral antiviral for Covid-19, Paxlovid, experience rebound infections...

Paxlovid and rebound Covid-19 infections: What you need to know

Researchers are still not sure what causes this form of rebound Covid-19.

Don't Panic
UNDATED ? MAY 27:  In this Centers for Disease Control and Prevention handout graphic, symptoms of o...

Monkeypox is spreading around the world — here's why you shouldn't panic

An unusually high number of cases have been found in places where the virus isn't endemic.

Mind and Body
Close up Hands of Doctor or nurse holding Intranasal vaccine spary bottle for coronavirus or covid-1...

Nasal vaccines could be key to finally defeating Covid-19 — here’s why

A doctor answers five crucial questions about the vaccine technology.

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Omicron subvariants: An epidemiologist answers 5 essential questions

Here’s a rundown.

Mind and Body
More Americans have contracted Covid-19 at some point during the pandemic than initially thought,  t...

More than half of Americans have had Covid-19 — here's how to tell if you are one of them

The CDC says 60 percent of people in the U.S. have contracted Covid-19 since the pandemic began.

Mind and Body

Mask recommendations are constantly in flux — here's the last mask guide you'll ever need

Few mitigation measures have inflamed tensions more than masks and mask mandates.

Mind and Body
The World Health Organization took nearly two years to accept the reality of airborne Covid-19 trans...

Overconfidence kills: The CDC and WHO still haven’t learned how to effectively communicate uncertainty

If there's one communications lesson from the pandemic, it's the importance of navigating uncertainty.

The Inverse Review

The Bubble review: Judd Apatow’s new Netflix comedy is the worst movie of 2022

Pandemic humor that’s so bad, it’s upsetting.

Mind and Body
Every plague in history has had unique features, but human responses have been strikingly similar, b...

Covid-19 demonstrates a flaw of human psychology we’ve known about for centuries

We can and should do better.

Mind and Body
The young patient watches the nurse as she prepares the injection site.

Child Covid-19 vaccines: What the U.K.'s confusing rollout reveals

The aim is not to tackle omicron, but to future-proof childhood immunity against the next generation of variants.

Feature
Bagoo bonesetter

In Kashmir, indigenous Muslim healers cure broken bones with spirituality — and science

Science has revolutionized medicine so profoundly but there are still many people living in Indian-administered Kashmir who believe in a more spiritual treatment for bone injuries.

Some good news
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You don’t need an Omicron-specific Covid-19 booster — here’s why

Get your booster.

Mind and Body
Illustration of Enterobacteriaceae bacteria. Individual bacterium are shown as pink rod shapes with ...

The secret to treating Long Covid may lie in the gut microbiome

Bacterial populations may predict who gets Long Covid.

Mind and Body

Why Covid-19 could give Conservative politics a huge boost in 2022

It’s set to be an intense year.

Vaccine News
Protect yourself

What are the side effects of the new Covid-19 bivalent booster? Here’s what you need to know

The FDA authorized both Pfizer and Moderna's Omicron-specific jabs.

Science

Younger adults aren’t getting boosted — here’s why that could be a huge problem

An immunologist gives 5 reasons why getting boosted against Covid-19 is crucial.

Mind and Body

Low booster rates can have serious ripple effects. Get your shot ASAP

The benefits of the new booster will be limited if it is not widely used.

Q and A

Covid-19 boosters: Immunologists answer 5 key questions about the new shots

What is different about the updated booster shots? Two scientists weigh in.

Science

Racial disparities in Covid-19 booster shots have deadly consequences

New boosters aimed at the currently dominant omicron subvariant are expected to become available in early September 2022.

Get jabbed

Should you get a Covid-19 booster now, or wait until the fall?

You should definitely get a booster, here’s when experts say is best to get it.

Covid-19

We need to talk about "mild Covid" — and why it sucks

Early in the pandemic, doctors defined mild, moderate, and severe Covid. Two and a half years later, do they still make sense?

Bloody hell

First study of its kind reports on period changes post-Covid-19 vaccination

42 percent of respondents to a survey had wonky periods after a jab.

Covid-19

BA.5 Covid-19 infections: What it means for the pandemic and booster shots

The new subvariant is responsible for a massive wave of infections.

Covid-19

FDA just authorized Covid-19 vaccines for kids under 5. Here’s what parents need to know

The Biden Administration signaled it would like to have vaccines available for this group as soon as June 21.

Mind and Body

Nasal vaccines could be key to finally defeating Covid-19 — here’s why

A doctor answers five crucial questions about the vaccine technology.

Mind and Body

More than half of Americans have had Covid-19 — here's how to tell if you are one of them

The CDC says 60 percent of people in the U.S. have contracted Covid-19 since the pandemic began.

Risk Factors

Psychiatric conditions make breakthrough Covid-19 cases more likely

Researchers are finally understanding the connection between psychiatric conditions and the immune system.

Coronavirus

Do I need a second Covid-19 booster?

Booster shots offer protection against Covid-19. But do you really need two?

Mind and Body

Mask recommendations are constantly in flux — here's the last mask guide you'll ever need

Few mitigation measures have inflamed tensions more than masks and mask mandates.

Mind and Body

Covid-19 is here to stay. Should you still try to avoid it?

Avoiding infection is still worthwhile.

Mind and Body

A new viral cousin of Covid-19 can resist vaccine immunity, study finds

Here's what you need to know about a new Covid-like virus from bats

Mind and Body

A new study challenges a longstanding myth about Covid-19 and Vitamin D

Vitamin aficionados beware.

FEATURE

Can science prevent a pandemic?

While Covid-19 rages on, scientists scramble to prevent the next global pandemic.

Protect yourself

What are the side effects of the new Covid-19 bivalent booster? Here’s what you need to know

The FDA authorized both Pfizer and Moderna's Omicron-specific jabs.

HORIZONS

This face mask hunts for viruses in the air you breathe

Plus: AI that can detect cancer.

Science

To solve Long Covid, scientists try to pinpoint when the immune system goes haywire

The antibodies meant to fight off the disease can cause lingering symptoms.

Science

Younger adults aren’t getting boosted — here’s why that could be a huge problem

An immunologist gives 5 reasons why getting boosted against Covid-19 is crucial.

Covid-19

Psychological distress may increase your odds of getting long Covid, study finds

The results could help us better understand the condition that is currently affecting millions of Americans.

Covid-19

Being the only one masked in the office can be hard. A psychiatrist suggests these tips

“Everyone in my workplace can see that I’m the only person still masking, all day every day."

Science

Viruses and bacteria can team up in the worst possible way

Here’s what you need to know about superinfections.

Longevity hacks

This indispensable habit reduces your risk of getting Covid-19

Surprise — an exercise habit protects us against the novel pathogen.

Get jabbed

Should you get a Covid-19 booster now, or wait until the fall?

You should definitely get a booster, here’s when experts say is best to get it.

Feature

Wastewater can track viruses like Covid-19 — can it do the same for superbugs?

A pandemic program could help reveal the true threat of antibiotic resistance to public health.

Mind and Body

What scientists know — and don’t know — about the Langya virus

Feeling worried? Don’t be yet.

Covid-19

We need to talk about "mild Covid" — and why it sucks

Early in the pandemic, doctors defined mild, moderate, and severe Covid. Two and a half years later, do they still make sense?

Science

Which animals get Covid-19? A new database tracks cases around the world

Dogs, cats, and hamsters — oh my!