The WHO is a health agency, not a political one. Yet political leaders have often criticized it. Still, the move by the US to pull out from the organization is unprecedented.
July 9, 2020 • ~9 min
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A massive public health effort eradicated smallpox but scientists are still studying the deadly virus
The smallpox virus appears to have been with humanity for millennia before a global vaccination drive wiped it out. Current genome research suggests how smallpox spread and where it came from.
June 24, 2020 • ~12 min
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A test that tells you with 94% accuracy that you have had coronavirus seems like a game-changer...until you do the maths.
May 5, 2020 • ~7 min
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Why the WHO, often under fire, has a tough balance to strike in its efforts to address health emergencies
The World Health Organization is not a disease police force but more of a diplomatic group, aiming to bring countries together to stop disease. Still, it comes under fierce attack.
May 1, 2020 • ~8 min
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The Trump administration has halted funding to the World Health Organization in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic. But what does it actually do with its budget?
April 23, 2020 • ~8 min
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Trump pulling US funding from WHO served to deflect blame from his own bungled handling of coronavirus.
April 20, 2020 • ~6 min
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Both cats and dogs can become infected with the coronavirus. The chances of them getting sick or passing it on to you or another animal are extremely low.
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Researchers, scientific journals and health agencies are doing everything they can to speed up coronavirus research. The combination of pace and panic during this pandemic is causing mistakes.
April 9, 2020 • ~9 min
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Social media companies are taking steps to tamp down coronavirus misinformation – but they can do more
Facebook, Google and Twitter are stepping up to block misinformation and promote accurate information about the coronavirus. Their track records on self-policing are poor. The results so far are mixed.
March 30, 2020 • ~11 min
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Emphasizing foreign origins of a disease can have racist connotations and implications for how people understand their own risk of disease.
March 25, 2020 • ~10 min
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