COVID-19 pandemic

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.

About one-third of the staff at the Stoneacre restaurants in Newport, Rhode Island, is from overseas.

Hospitality industries in the US struggle to find workers, but international labor is ticking up

Children and their caregivers arrive for school in New York

Death toll surpasses 6 million for pandemic now in 3rd year

A man gets vaccinated against COVID-19 at a site near Johannesburg, Wednesday, Dec. 8, 2021. 

At least 9 African countries set to produce COVID vaccines, Africa’s CDC chief says

Medical workers carry a patient infected with the coronavirus on a stretcher at the Syrian American Medical Society Hospital, in the city of Idlib, northwest Syria, Sept. 20, 2021. 

‘I can barely buy bread’: In war-torn Syria, fighting the coronavirus is compounded by immense challenges

Children play with a therapist in the pediatric unit of the Robert Debre hospital, in Paris, France

Discussion: Children’s mental health during COVID

Coronavirus Conversations

The World’s reporter Elana Gordon hosted a discussion on the pandemic’s effects on children’s mental health with Karestan Koenen, Professor of Psychiatric Epidemiology at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

Ugandan opposition figure Bobi Wine, whose real name is Kyagulanyi Ssentamu, speaks at a press conference in Kampala, Uganda Monday, Feb. 22, 2021. 

Opportunity seizure: Part I

Sometimes, states adopt repressive policies just because they can. Critical State, a foreign policy newsletter by Inkstick Media, takes a deep dive into research on how it happens with a focus on Uganda.

In this Aug. 22, 2019, file photo, signs on a bank of computers tell visitors that the machines are not working at the public library in Wilmer, Texas. 

Checking in on the pandemic: Part II

Critical State

How did the pandemic change the world of cybercrime? Critical State, a foreign policy newsletter by Inkstick Media, takes a deep dive into how people exploited the pandemic online.

Pharmacy technician Hollie Maloney loads a syringe with Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine at the Portland Expo in Portland, Maine.

Checking in on the pandemic: Part I

Critical State

Critical State, a foreign policy newsletter by Inkstick Media, takes a deep dive this week into new research that tests the question of whether women mayors in Brazil outperform their male counterparts in pandemic response.

A line of vehicles wait to cross the Canadian border in view of a Canadian flag made of flowers

As Canada border reopens to Americans, US restrictions leave many confused


Canada has reopened it border to Americans with negative COVID-19 test, ahead of opening up to other countries. But many feel shafted by the US’ decision not to reciprocate, and US rules and restrictions have left some people confused.