People with Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome May Have an “Exhausted” Immune System

Myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) is a debilitating multisystem disorder from which adults rarely recover. Researchers have struggled to find changes in the body that underlie the illness, which often appears following an infection, partly because it may arise in different forms. Now scientists at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) have completed perhaps the … Read more

How Risky Are Repeat COVID Infections? What We Know So Far

The specter of COVID has haunted the globe for four years now—the disease has killed at least seven million people worldwide. Yet the pandemic’s long-term effects are still hazy—because when it comes to a novel virus such as SARS-CoV-2, which causes COVID, scientists still have a lot to learn. What we do know is that … Read more

CDC’s Labs Are Making a Comeback. Now They Need Support

February 12, 2024 5 min read The pandemic early exposed weaknesses in CDC’s laboratories. Organizational and culture changes there are good first steps, but more must be done By Jill Taylor, Ewa King & Scott Becker Almost unnoted, the fourth anniversary of the beginning of the COVID pandemic in the U.S. passed in January. Missteps … Read more

Rampant COVID Poses New Challenges in the Fifth Year of the Pandemic

For four years now, either as a physical virus or as a looming threat, the COVID-causing pathogen SARS-CoV-2 has been the elephant in every room—sometimes confronted and sometimes ignored but always present. While once we dreamed of eradicating COVID, now much of society has resigned itself to SARS-CoV-2’s constant presence—a surrender that would once have … Read more

Disinformation Is the Real Threat to Democracy and Public Health

January 30, 2024 4 min read Disinformation abounds, and it can kill. Fortunately, it can often be unambiguously identified By Stephan Lewandowsky, Sander van der Linden & Andy Norman House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jim Jordan (R-OH) speaks to reporters before heading into a House Republican caucus meeting at the U.S. Capitol on September 19, 2023 … Read more

Babies Exposed to COVID in the Womb Are More Likely to Suffer Breathing Problems

More than four years after the virus that causes COVID first appeared, scientists continue to discover new ways that the illness threatens pregnant people and babies—as well as additional evidence that vaccination offers significant protection. A new study finds that babies born to women who got COVID while they were pregnant were three times more … Read more

Long COVID Signatures Found in Huge Analysis of Blood Proteins

January 19, 2024 3 min read Proteins involved in immunity, clotting and inflammation could help to unravel the complexity of long COVID By Miryam Naddaf & Nature magazine Long COVID is characterized by symptoms such as fatigue and brain fog, which can persist for months or years after SARS-CoV-2 infection. Researchers have developed a computational … Read more

What to Know About the New COVID Variant JN.1

It’s winter, that cozy season that brings crackling fireplaces, indoor gatherings — and a wave of respiratory illness. Nearly four years since the pandemic emerged, people are growing weary of dealing with it, but the virus is not done with us. Nationally, a sharp uptick in emergency room visits and hospitalizations for covid-19, influenza, and … Read more

No, COVID mRNA Vaccines Won’t Damage Your DNA

On Wednesday Florida’s state surgeon general Joseph Ladapo called for stopping the use of messenger RNA–based COVID vaccines, citing—without convincing evidence—concerns about DNA fragments from the vaccines entering the human genome. Experts, including those at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, say the claims are unfounded and that this warning could cause great harm by … Read more

No, COVID mRNA Vaccines Won’t Damage Your DNA

On Wednesday Florida’s state surgeon general Joseph Ladapo called for stopping the use of messenger RNA–based COVID vaccines, citing—without convincing evidence—concerns about DNA fragments from the vaccines entering the human genome. Experts, including those at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, say the claims are unfounded and that this warning could cause great harm by … Read more