When Deborah Birx was named coordinator of the White House Coronavirus Task Force in February, she was widely praised as a voice of data-driven reason. But some of her actions have undermined the effectiveness of the CDC, according to a Science investigation.
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Damage to Tabora forests threatens to dry up Lake Tanganyika.
Success in the push to find a COVID-19 vaccine at record-breaking speed could result in the first vaccine to cross the finish line might be only marginally effective.
A study of some of the sickest COVID-19 patients, such as those placed on ventilators, has identified gene variants that put people at greater risk of severe disease.
Mateo Ruiz González photographed what the response to the coronavirus pandemic looked like on the streets of Brooklyn.
In Vienna, Illinois, no one talks openly about the violence that drove out Black residents 66 years ago, or about how it became a "sundown town." The town is still grappling with racial tensions today.
What does recovery and reopening look like across Brooklyn during the pandemic? Mateo Ruiz González captured images of Brooklyn's streets in this COVID-19 Writers Project photo essay.
The coronavirus pandemic was accelerating. More tests were needed. More personal protective equipment was needed. Food supplies were depleting. Prices for essential products skyrocketed. Hysteria was setting in.
The pandemic underscored long-standing inequalities in American society. It also created scores of new social activists in Generation Z ready to become the leaders of tomorrow.
When COVID-19 cases spiked in March, officials encouraged extreme vigilance with social distancing. At the same time, residents were beginning to see the failures and strengths of their government's crisis response.
A report released in April found that Black and Hispanic New Yorkers were dying from COVID-19 at almost twice the rate of white New Yorkers.
Out of the pandemic came many valuable lessons and, at the same time, many hard truths. Would these lessons become opportunities for a new way forward?