The Pandemic’s Winter Surge Is Here

Europe’s second wave built slowly, starting in midsummer. At that time, charts comparing coronavirus cases in America and Europe highlighted the inadequacy of the U.S. response; there were days [...]

How Trump Became the Pro-Infection Candidate

Nine months into the pandemic, it’s a truism to say that America’s response has been politicized. Even so, with an election looming, the virus surging, and President Trump and others in [...]

How to Understand Trump’s Evolving Condition

The days since Donald Trump tested positive for the coronavirus have been more confusing than usual. Consider this exchange from Saturday’s news conference with Sean Conley, the White House [...]

After Trump’s Coronavirus Diagnosis, What’s His Medical Outlook?

In a midnight tweet, the President of the United States revealed that he and the First Lady have both tested positive for the coronavirus, raising concerns about his health and upending an [...]

Two Hundred Thousand Americans Are Dead

At some point in 1993, the two-hundred-thousandth American died of aids. By that time, a decade had passed since the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention first described the emergence of a [...]

It Will Take More Than a Vaccine to Beat COVID-19

The first outbreak of polio in the United States struck Rutland County, Vermont, in the summer of 1894. The disease began with fever, sore throat, and fatigue; it sometimes went on to damage the [...]

Fighting the Coronavirus, from New York to Utah

In late March, Scott Aberegg, a critical-care doctor at the University of Utah, was eating lunch in his hospital cafeteria. On his phone, he noticed an e-mail that was circulating among the [...]

The Emotional Evolution of Coronavirus for Doctors and Patients

Beth saw her first dead body of the day just as she was leaving the emergency department. Earlier, she’d admitted a patient with the coronavirus; now she was on her way to an upstairs doctor’s [...]

The Coronavirus Pandemic’s Wider Health-Care Crisis

Even before the pandemic, American health care was in trouble. Although it is the most expensive system in the world, with a cost roughly equivalent to Germany’s G.D.P., it has delivered variable [...]

How the Protests Have Changed the Pandemic

Two weeks ago, the global coronavirus pandemic and America’s struggle with racist policing looked like separate crises. But there can be no doubt that the overlap between these two crises has [...]

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