As vaccines roll out, the U.S. will face a choice about what to learn and what to forget.
And what it lost in the process
“We are on an absolutely catastrophic path,” said a COVID-19 doctor at America’s best-prepared hospital.
More people than ever are hospitalized with COVID-19. Health-care workers can’t go on like this.
If Donald Trump is reelected, he will continue to downplay the threat of the coronavirus, and more Americans will fall ill.
The metaphors that Trump and others use when talking about COVID-19 are making the pandemic worse.
Trump could have infected him. We won’t know with certainty for another week.
“If you only look at COVID deaths, you’re actually missing the scale of the setback.”
The new coronavirus seems so strange because it has our full attention in a way most viruses don’t.
As the U.S. heads toward the winter, the country is going round in circles, making the same conceptual errors that have plagued it since spring.
Without understanding the lingering illness that some patients experience, we can’t understand the pandemic.
Which is too bad because we really need to understand how the immune system reacts to the coronavirus.
A virus has brought the world’s most powerful country to its knees.
The nation’s top public-health expert tells The Atlantic that he isn’t going anywhere, despite the Trump administration’s newest attempts to undercut him.
COVID-19 has steamrolled the country. What happens if another pandemic starts before this one is over?
Many American public-health specialists are at risk of burning out as the coronavirus surges back.
The disease’s “long-haulers” have endured relentless waves of debilitating symptoms—and disbelief from doctors and friends.
The coronavirus is coursing through different parts of the U.S. in different ways, making the crisis harder to predict, control, or understand.
There’s no clear evidence that the pandemic virus has evolved into significantly different forms—and there probably won’t be for months.
A guide to making sense of a problem that is now too big for any one person to fully comprehend