A sign reminding customers about social distancing is placed at the entrance to a grocery store in central Stockholm.

Sweden’s pivot toward new virus restrictions may not ‘shift mindsets,’ says Swedish scientist


Lena Einhorn, a filmmaker and former virologist, was one of the early opponents of Sweden’s more relaxed coronavirus strategy. She joins The World’s host Marco Werman to talk about how Sweden’s new virus restrictions may not be enough.

A woman sings while holding a music book in her hands in a soccer field six-feet away from another singer.

Choirs in the age of coronavirus: A new study looks at the risks of singing

A child is given an oral vaccine.

A newly designed vaccine may help stamp out remaining polio cases worldwide

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It’s raining viruses, but don’t panic


Untold numbers of viruses are swept up into the atmosphere along with dust and water vapor, and they can travel for thousands of miles. No need to worry, though: The vast majority of viruses infect only microbes, not humans.

A particular type of UV light, shown here with a scintillator composed of plastics, could revolutionize the practices of flu prevention.

A cure for the flu? It could be as simple as sitting under a lamp.


Researchers say that when they came across their most recent discovery to prevent the flu a light bulb went off — a UV light bulb.

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Studying splashes to learn more about how disease spreads


In the new Science Friday video “Breakthrough: Connecting the Drops,” Lydia Bourouiba and her team study how droplets travel when we sneeze, or flush the toilet.

The Ebola virus might remain present in body fluids including semen longer than previously thought.

Unravelling an ‘epidemiological mystery’ about the transmission of Ebola in semen


Scientists are still trying to determine how often and how long the Ebola virus stays active in semen.

A baboon stakes out a walkway near the entrance of Tanzania's Udzungwa National Park. With human settlement at the base of the still wild Udzungwa Mountains growing fast, humans and wild animals are coming into ever more frequent contact, creating what on

To prevent the next Ebola, scientists try to catch new viruses before they break out


With the Ebola outbreak not yet behind us, global health workers are already scrambling to prevent what could be the next big outbreak of an emerging disease caused by a virus that jumped from animals into humans. In Tanzania, an organization is trying a new approach to tracking these new viruses and preventing another pandemic.