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Biden Aims for 100 Million COVID Vaccinations in First 100 Days

It’s in the nature of presidential candidates and new presidents to promise big things. Just months after his 1961 inauguration, President John F. Kennedy vowed to send a man to the moon by the end of the decade. That pledge Read more…


Coronavirus News Roundup: January 16-January 22

The items below are highlights from the free newsletter, “Smart, useful, science stuff about COVID-19.” To receive newsletter issues daily in your inbox, sign up here. Here’s how you should think about your immunity to SARS-CoV-2 after you receive your Read more…


Can Shocking Images Persuade Doubters of COVID's Dangers?

As the pandemic grinds on, many people are exhausted by conversations with friends and family who downplay the risks of COVID-19. Masks really do work. It isn’t “just the flu.” Please don’t go to that indoor gathering or sing in Read more…


COVID Vaccine Rollout Pits Fairness against Speed

COVID vaccines were developed with record-breaking speed. But their distribution has been anything but quick. As of Monday morning, about 47 percent of the doses distributed to states had not been administered, according to data from the U.S. Centers for Read more…


COVID-Overwhelmed Hospitals Strain Staff and Hope to Avoid Rationing Care

The first Monday of 2021, Nancy Blake says, “was the worst day I’ve ever seen.” Blake is the chief nursing officer at Harbor–University of California, Los Angeles, Medical Center. She looked at the intensive care unit, which had twice the Read more…


Stories from a Past Pandemic

A recent Scientific American feature explores how the catastrophic 1918 influenza pandemic seemed to quickly slip from public discourse. The event killed more than 50 million people worldwide, yet it takes up comparatively little space in society’s “collective memory.” The Read more…


The Most Worrying Mutations in Five Emerging Coronavirus Variants

When the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 burst upon the world last winter, scientists knew it was bad. But they also thought it was stable. Coronaviruses do not mutate as readily as the viruses that cause the flu, hepatitis or AIDS, for instance—thanks Read more…


A COVID Look-alike That Strikes Young Adults

The first sign that something was wrong was trouble breathing. “I thought my lungs were giving out on me,” Marcus recalls. “When I breathed in, my lungs hurt.” About a week later he began vomiting violently, unable to hold down Read more…


Why COVID Vaccines Are Likely Safe for Pregnant People

As the initial priority groups are being offered a COVID-19 vaccine in the U.S., one population in particular faces a difficult decision: Pregnant people who are health care personnel or essential workers—categories that are eligible for the early phases of Read more…


Why Are We Still Deep-Cleaning Surfaces for COVID?

When Emanuel Goldman went to his local New Jersey supermarket last March, he didn’t take any chances. Reports of COVID-19 cases were popping up across the United States, so he donned gloves to avoid contaminated surfaces and wore a mask Read more…

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