Two workers are shown inside a subway car with white and orange protective and carrying machines that are cleaning the car.


parent holds child in doctor’s office

Why kids struggle with long COVID


When children contract COVID-19, they aren’t as likely to get severely ill as adults. But long COVID can have a severe impact on kids, according to a new study in the journal Pediatrics. Dr. Ziyad al-Aly, chief of research and development at the V.A. St. Louis Health Care System, talks with The World’s Carolyn Beeler about how and why kids’ immune systems struggle with the condition.

Woman takes a picture of a sunset at a park.

Barcelona gets bombarded by selfie-taking tourists

The smaller floats impressed the audience because they were adorned with stunning tapestries, miniature trees, and beautiful figurines. Each float had a legendary story behind it. 

1,000-year-old Gion Matsuri festival resumes in Kyoto, Japan

Three families from Afghanistan prepare to board a boat in Necocli, Colombia, that will take them towards the border with Panama.

Afghan families traverse most of Latin America to seek asylum at the US border

COVID-19 antigen home tests indicating a positive result are photographed in New York, April 5, 2023.

Pandemic recovery will require much focus and attention, Dr. Atul Gawande says

A woman walks outside of a COVID-19 testing center at the Incheon International Airport In Incheon, South Korea, on Feb. 10, 2023. 

‘The pandemic is still with us’: The bumpy road to the end of COVID


Pinpointing the “end” of the coronavirus pandemic depends on the vantage point. The World’s host Marco Werman spoke with Dr. Michael Mina, a leading epidemiologist and the chief science officer at EMed, a digital health care company, along with Zeynep Tufekci, a sociologist and professor at Columbia University, to learn more about the “bumpy, difficult off-ramp” from COVID-19.

The Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center has amplified its social emotional learning curriculum for preschoolers facing pandemic-related challenges.

Chinatown preschool helps families name pandemic-related feelings


Teachers at the Acorn Center for Early Education and Care in Boston’s Chinatown use a curriculum that teaches students how to manage big feelings — especially pandemic-related ones — which families have recognized as a growing need.

As vaccination levels drop in Ghana, the threat of a measles outbreak looms.

‘Red alert for child health’: A nationwide vaccine shortage hits Ghana amid measles outbreak

Health & Medicine

In Ghana, a shortage of childhood vaccines has mothers traveling from hospital to hospital in search of immunizations to protect their infants. As a result, measles are breaking out in some parts of the country.

a young man in a mask

Three years into the pandemic, mask usage varies from country to country


Three years after the COVID-19 pandemic was declared, and masks became a primary tool to combat the disease’s spread, their usage has dropped off dramatically around the world. But many Mexicans are holding on to their facial coverings, and cultural differences are impacting mask use around the globe.

Graphic of Chinese President Xi Jinping.

China’s tech weapons roll in to quell demonstrations, identify protesters

Free speech

The latest demonstrations across China ended when the central government unleashed a digital arsenal that was less deadly than the tanks used to quell the 1989 protests, but just as effective. China managed to use the internet to defuse national outrage over President Xi Jinping’s strict COVID-19 policies without firing a single shot.