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.

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 young man in a mask

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

Many Taipei residents visit the city's historic Dihua Street to buy goods for the Lunar New Year.

Taiwan and China celebrate Lunar New Year amid vastly different COVID levels

Residents in a sealed-off Shanghai neighborhood receive bulk-ordered food supplies under the monitoring of health workers in hazmat suits

This Shanghai writer and translator shares his experience of the city’s 2-month lockdown

Ruthie sits next to the natural toilet her owner made for her during the COVID-19 lockdown in Shanghai, China

Pet owners in Shanghai struggle to care for their animals during COVID lockdowns


When Shanghai residents test positive for COVID-19 and are required to stay at quarantine facilities, there’s no government plan for who will take care of their pets while they’re away. Now, communities are banding together to deal with the problem.

Ukrainian refugees wait for a transport at the central train station in Warsaw, Poland

Discussion: Ukraine: The humanitarian catastrophe

Nearly 4 million people have fled the war in Ukraine in the largest exodus that Europe has seen since World War II. Those still in the country are faced with a faltering healthcare system. As part of our regular series of conversations with Harvard University’s T.H. Chan’s School of Public Health, The World’s reporter Elana Gordon moderated a discussion with Michael VanRooyen, director of the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative, about the dire situation.

Posters of French President Emmanuel Macron and centrist candidate for reelection in Saint Pee sur Nivelle, southwestern France

Ukraine and COVID give Macron a boost in the polls ahead of French elections


As French presidential elections approach, many voters are backing incumbent Emmanuel Macron for his handling of the war in Ukraine and the COVID-19 pandemic.

People wearing face masks to help protect against the spread of the coronavirus walk along the street in Tokyo, Japan

Discussion: What researchers have learned about the omicron variant

Some parts of the world are still battling the omicron variant of COVID-19, while others seem to be somewhere around its peak. Join The World’s reporter Elana Gordon for our regular series of conversations about the pandemic. She will moderate a panel on Tuesday, Jan. 25 at 12 p.m. Eastern time, and will be speaking with epidemiologist Bill Hanage of the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

People line up to enter a COVID-19 vaccination clinic with a torch of the 1976 Montreal Summer Olympics painted on the staircase in Montreal, Jan. 6, 2022.

‘On the brink’: Canada postpones or cancels tens of thousands of medical procedures amid COVID surge


Provincial governments in Ontario and Quebec said that in order to keep beds open for COVID-19 patients, only emergency procedures should go ahead.