Public health

Delivery drivers in Shanghai have been the unsung heroes during a strict COVID-19 lockdown that kept millions indoors.

Shanghai’s delivery drivers — the unsung heroes of a long pandemic lockdown


Delivery workers are pretty much the only people on Shanghai’s streets right now. They’ve kept the city running during lockdown, and millions of residents depend on them. But as gig workers, they have fewer labor protections, working long hours under difficult conditions.

A boy plays in a fountain to cool off as temperatures approach 100 degrees Fahrenheit, July 18, 2019, in Kansas City, Missouri. 

A warming climate leads to more pediatric ER visits, study shows

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A bustling street scene in Ghana, where only 1 in 7 households has a toilet.

Only 1 in 7 households in Ghana has a toilet. Communities are fighting to ensure sanitation for all.

Men in suits, some wearing masks and sunglasses stand together

Will Ghebreyesus’ pandemic report card earn him a second WHO term?

A grocery store aisle of cleaning and disinfecting products

Living in a disinfected world could pose unintended consequences

Jeremiah Young, 11, examines his bandage covering during an appointment with Dr. Janice Bacon at the Community Health Care Center on the Tougaloo College campus in Tourgaloo, Miss., Aug. 14, 2020.

Study shows Black people twice as likely as whites to contract coronavirus


A new investigation looked at more than 18 million people who took part in 50 studies in the US and UK. The World spoke to Charles Kwaku-Odo with the Caribbean and African Health Network about the study’s findings on the virus’s inequities.

Contact tracers are pictured in a room

COVID-19 threatens global progress in fight against other communicable diseases 

Concerns are growing that the singular focus on COVID-19 is having a secondary impact — threatening years of progress in efforts to slow the spread of other, long-standing communicable diseases. 

Several Black people stand around double doors in masks handing out supplies

Fixing health disparities requires ‘the right data,’ says UK doctor


In the UK, a report from Public Health England released this week found that people from ethnic minorities are at a higher risk of dying from coronavirus, but it did not make recommendations for how the government can address these disparities.

A woman is shown wearing a medical mask and carrying a bag while standing in front of doors with graffiti painted on them

Discussion: Pandemic exposes health inequities in vulnerable communities

With the coronavirus pandemic making its way around the globe, poor communities and communities of color have been hit particularly hard, exposing longstanding health disparities. As part of our weekly series, The World’s Elana Gordon moderated a conversation with Dr. Mary Bassett, director of the FXB Center for Health and Human Rights at Harvard University and former commissioner of health for New York City.

An aerial view of a field with the message "Climate change is real"

Science for sale and profits before health and safety


A former head of OSHA explains why science is under attack during the coronavirus pandemic.