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Biden and Harris meet with their COVID-19 advisers virtually on Nov. 9. AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster

President-elect Biden’s new COVID-19 task force gives the US a fresh chance to turn around a public health disaster

Biden will begin his presidency in the midst of a global public health crisis that's already killed over 240,000 people in the US alone. His team is already planning how to get COVID-19 under control.
A girl views the body of her father, who died of COVID-19, while mourners who can’t visit in person are onscreen. Joe Raedle/Getty Images News via Getty Images

279,700 extra deaths in the US so far in this pandemic year

Health statisticians keep careful tabs on how many people die every week. Based on what's happened in past years, they know what to expect – but 2020 death counts are surging beyond predictions.
Public data is vital to the functioning of a democracy. Witthaya Prasongsin / Getty Images

Video: Who controls pandemic data?

A White House decision to take over collection of COVID-19 data from the CDC sparked worries over political interference. A public data expert talks about the importance of transparent public data.
View of blood collection tubes in a rack on the first day of a free COVID-19 antibody testing event at the Volusia County Fairgrounds, in DeLand, Florida. Paul Hennessy / Echoes WIre/Barcroft Media via Getty Images

Why COVID-19 immunity passports may violate US law

Amazon and General Motors are among companies exploring ways to test employees for COVID-19 infection, but these measures may be against the law.
A restaurant in Bangkok created plastic partitions and moved its tables farther apart to separate guests in a normally tight space. Lillian Suwanrumpha/AFP/Getty Images

How to lower your coronavirus risk while eating out: Restaurant advice from an infectious disease expert

It's hard to eat while wearing a face mask, and social distancing isn't easy in restaurants' normally tight quarters. An infectious disease expert offers some tips on what to look for to stay safe.
Lyme disease patients hold a rally outside the Irish Parliament. Artur Widak/NurPhoto via Getty Images

Chronic Lyme disease – does it exist?

Many patients without a diagnosis of Lyme disease report a constellation of symptoms, sometimes for years. Does chronic Lyme disease exist?
People shop at the reopening of the Farmer’s Market in Manhattan Beach, California on May 12, 2020. Jay L. Clendenin/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

How do you stay safe now that states are reopening? An expert explains how to assess risk when reconnecting with friends and family

The US is slowly reopening, but the messages from governments are confusing. An expert offers guidance on many people's first priority – connecting with loved ones.
Homemade masks will not filter the SARS-CoV-2 virus, but may prevent transmission of droplets and spray between individuals. Nikola Stojadinovic/Getty Images

Making masks at home – what you need to know about how to reduce the transmission of coronavirus

At-home mask makers should carefully consider fit and fabric variables when designing face coverings to help prevent transmission of SARS-CoV-2.

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