More Salem than Thanksgiving

November 24, 2020 9:28 am

Coronavirus panic has set America back hundreds of years


COVID-19 is distracting us from another medical emergency

November 15, 2020 12:01 pm

The estimated number of deaths globally from measles climbed to 207,500 in 2019

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Why can’t we talk about the Great Barrington Declaration?

October 15, 2020 12:15 pm

The three scientists who created it aren’t outliers or cranks, but professors at Oxford, Harvard and Stanford

Students who catch Covid may be saving lives

Students who catch COVID may be saving lives

October 15, 2020 10:31 am

There is no course that involves zero suffering. It’s a question of minimizing it

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Why must we ‘live with’ coronavirus?

October 14, 2020 2:27 pm

Living with is a phrasal verb first applied, in the 17th century, to spouses


The curious case of the man who caught COVID twice

October 13, 2020 8:35 am

A team at the University of Nevada has been studying him

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Don’t listen to the health fascists — drink up

October 12, 2020 11:55 am

If alcohol can be part of a healthy lifestyle, it is difficult to demonize


Joe Biden is retired

September 24, 2020 10:45 pm

The campaign has called nine early press lids this month

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What I learnt as an Oxford vaccine guinea pig

September 13, 2020 11:08 am

I now feel like an expert in the pandemic. I’m not really, of course

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COVID-19 and the end of clinical medicine as we know it

September 8, 2020 9:12 am

Governments are producing a series of contradictory and confusing policies which have a brief shelf life as the next crisis emerges


The problem with fast-tracking vaccines

September 2, 2020 11:52 pm

It can have disastrous effects — even if the shots work


Bad news from my oncologist didn’t spoil my joyous reunion with my grandson

August 20, 2020 9:53 am

I hadn’t seen Oscar since Christmas, and had spent months looking forward to his visit


Did female leaders trump men in dealing with the pandemic?

August 19, 2020 11:25 am

Gender-based study is permissible when it presents women in a positive light, and absolutely forbidden when it does not

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Why are we so sniffy about the Russian vaccine?

August 13, 2020 9:27 am

We don’t like Putin’s corrupt, authoritarian, nationalistic administration. But what if he’s got this one right?


Could mass testing for COVID-19 do more harm than good?

August 12, 2020 3:57 pm

The drawbacks of false-positive results can be substantial

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How dangerous is COVID? A Swedish doctor’s perspective

August 11, 2020 7:17 am

Sweden ripped the metaphorical band-aid off quickly and got the epidemic over and done with in a short amount of time

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Why are black Americans likelier to die of COVID than Latinos?

August 8, 2020 2:34 pm

Latino poverty is no less than black poverty and Latino access to quality healthcare is no better than for black Americans


Never has a virus been so oversold

August 7, 2020 8:50 am

I’d like to sign on with COVID’s agent. What a publicity budget


A look into the post-RBG world of American politics

July 31, 2020 4:01 pm

Spoiler alert: not much will change


Sports are back — but COVID isn’t gone

July 29, 2020 2:05 pm

‘Your linemen are right next to each other spitting in each other’s faces — there’s really no avoiding that.’


Is the handshake ready to bow out?

July 25, 2020 1:40 pm

The advantages of bowing, apart from the public health benefits, are that it is dignified and solemn


How much do face masks actually help?

July 24, 2020 9:34 am

Despite two decades of pandemic preparedness, there is considerable uncertainty as to the value of wearing masks

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In an age of science, why are face masks a matter of opinion?

July 23, 2020 12:04 am

Nobody sane disputes the scientific method. So why are we wasting time talking about face masks?


Why should I have to wear a face mask to give blood?

July 22, 2020 11:40 pm

Over in Wales, they’d make me remove it


What we don’t (yet) know about the Oxford vaccine

July 21, 2020 9:52 am

The presence of antibodies is not a guarantee that a person could not develop COVID-19