Why America Ignored Its Coronavirus Response Plan

The U.S. spent 15 years preparing for the coronavirus. Why did we handle it so badly?
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Experts raise questions over 'scary' heart studies

Two studies sparked fear that COVID-19 causes heart inflammation in people without symptoms. Some experts are questioning those findings.


Campus life sans COVID: A few colleges write the playbook for pandemic success

Schools finding success are deploying methods health experts have recommended for months for the whole country to keep the virus under control.

Building back greener: How COVID-19 recovery could shape a brighter climate future

As the world imagines emerging from the pandemic, can we create a different world instead of simply going back to old normal?

Behind the White House effort to pressure the C.D.C. on school openings

Documents and interviews show how senior officials sought to play down the risks of sending children back to the classroom, alarming public health experts.

The coronavirus mostly spares younger children. Teens aren't so lucky

Younger children are about half as likely as older teenagers and adults to become infected, new studies suggest.

As COVID-19 closes schools, the world's children go to work

Former students are taking illegal and often dangerous jobs in India and other developing countries, potentially rolling back years of progress in social mobility and public health.

Trump attacks them. COVID-19 threatens them. But immigrants keep the U.S. fed

Public Integrity analysis found 43% of nearly 2 million front-line farm and processing workers nationwide are immigrants — mostly Latino and many non-citizens.


The murky case for mass telecommuting

To cut climate emissions, Bay Area planners propose a work-from-home requirement for 60% of office employees. But critics warn of unintended consequences. 

Penguin died on Brazilian beach after swallowing N95 face mask: Biologists

Brazilian biologists are trying to raise awareness about the consequences of the pollution caused by coronavirus-related medical waste after a penguin died from consuming a face mask which was discarded inappropriately on a beach.


Could COVID-19 have escaped from a lab?

The Broad Institute's Alina Chan believes it could have. The remarkable stability of the virus, whose genome had barely changed from the earliest human cases, despite trillions of replications perplexed her. It appeared to be already adapted for human transmission when it first appeared. Other viruses typically evolve rapidly when they first infect people, changing to adapt to human physiology.


Here’s how the pandemic finally ends

A vaccine by early 2021, a steady decline in cases by next fall and back to normal in a few years—11 top experts look into the future.

Coronavirus infections spike as seasonal farmworkers are blocked from testing

As American growers harvested summer crops, the migration of seasonal farmworkers who were infected with the virus represented a growing health and humanitarian crisis.

Climate action will be ‘cornerstone’ of Canada’s economic recovery plan: throne speech

The Trudeau government has amped up its commitments to tackle climate change as part of the country's response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Why environmental justice needs to be on the docket in the presidential debates: Derrick Z. Jackson

If you want to talk about the inequality in our economy, COVID-19, race, and silent violence in our cities, you need to start with environmental injustice.

Our plastic planet

While climate change remains environmental issue #1, the worries over plastic in our water, soil, food, and bodies continue to grow.

Disinfection dangers: How to avoid viruses without exposing yourself to toxics

COVID-19 has all of us cleaning more—but the products designed to kill viruses and bacteria can have dangerous health impacts. Here's how to scrub safely.

Microplastics in farm soils: A growing concern

Researchers say that more microplastics pollution is getting into farm soil than oceans—and these tiny bits are showing up in our fruits, veggies, and bodies.

Cutting edge of science

An exclusive look at important research just over the horizon that promises to impact our health and the environment

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