Health care

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


The COVID-19 pandemic has killed about 7 million people worldwide, ravaging health care systems and economies. Dr. Atul Gawande, head of global health at the US Agency for International Development, spoke with The World’s Carolyn Beeler about how pandemic recovery “will require as much focus and attention as it did when it first started.”

A hospital worker carries a tray of medicine at a government-run hospital in Colombo, Sri Lanka

Sri Lankan doctors say the country can’t survive on donated drugs forever

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A Posh Club performer leads club-goers in a conga-line.

Dancing away the loneliness: In the UK, social prescriptions help fight isolation during the pandemic

A Pittsburgh police officer stands in a downtown Pittsburgh intersection Sunday, May 31, 2020.

If not police, what? Part II

A woman is show with her face in her hands and crouched down with a man next to her with his hand on her shoulder.

Brazil struggles with new COVID-19 strain; Entire Dutch government resigns over child welfare scandal; Deadly earthquake hits Indonesia

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Dressed in protective gear to curb the spread of the new coronavirus, a medical worker massages a patient, at a military hospital set up to take care of COVID-19 patients.

COVID-19 takes its toll on Mexico’s health workers


Deaths among medical professionals in the country have reached an average of nearly eight per day.

People wear face masks as they shop in a main market in Jerusalem, Israel, July 16, 2020.

Israel considers a second lockdown as coronavirus cases surge


Israeli officials took quick action against the coronavirus this spring and reduced the rate of infections to one of the lowest in the world. The situation is quite different today. Experts say Israel went from being a model for other nations to a cautionary tale on what happens when a nation opens too much and too quickly.

A younger woman looks at an older woman behind glass at The Glass Garden House at the Claris nursing home.

Netherlands nursing home builds ‘glass cabin’ where families can safely connect


Many older adults grapple with loneliness, especially during the coronavirus pandemic. Zoom and WhatsApp just don’t cut it. In the glass cabin, friends and family can visit safely and connect while separated by panes of glass. 

A health worker screens and sanitises visitors to prevent the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outside a hospital in Harare, Zimbabwe March 26, 2020.

As coronavirus grows, Zimbabwe health care workers strike over vital equipment


As COVID-19 hits Zimbabwe, health care workers are demanding vital resources to fight the disease. Dr. Fortune Nayamande speaks with The World’s Marco Werman about the pressures and threats health care workers in Zimbabwe face, and the situation in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

two nurses laugh at a work station in a hospital

US health care companies begin exploring blockchain technologies


Blockchain would keep years of patient data secure and make any human errors in data entry easy to track down and correct. Patients themselves could review and update information, and even add new information they collect or observe about their own conditions. Both hacking and fraud would be extremely difficult.