The Future of Monkeypox – The Atlantic

The World Health Organization has recommended a new name for monkeypox, asking countries to forget the original term in favor of a new one, “mpox,” that scientists hope will help destigmatize the disease. But in the United States, the request seems to be arriving late. The outbreak here has already been in slow retreat for … Read more

Turns Out Fighting Mosquitoes With Mosquitoes Actually Works

The Aedes aegypti mosquito is not just a nuisance—it’s a known carrier of dengue, yellow fever, chikungunya, and Zika viruses. Distinguished by the black and white stripes on its legs, the species is one of the most dangerous to humans. In the Brazilian city of Indaiatuba, an effort is underway to eliminate these pests before they have … Read more

Where Did Omicron Come From? Maybe Its First Host Was Mice

Pinning down whether wild animals that acquire the virus can also transmit it is a research challenge; they might be unfortunate victims but dead-end hosts. Last year, researchers from several Canadian universities and federal agencies demonstrated that North American deer mice, which live in woodlands and suburbs, can be experimentally infected with SARS-CoV-2, shed the … Read more

Thawing Permafrost Exposes Old Pathogens—and New Hosts

The Arctic—that remote, largely undisturbed, 5.5 million square miles of frozen terrain—is heating up fast. In fact, it’s warming nearly four times quicker than the rest of the world, with disastrous consequences for the region and its inhabitants. Many of these impacts you probably know from nature documentaries: ice caps melting, sea levels rising, and … Read more

When Will the Pandemic Truly Be ‘Over’?

When the pandemic began, we could imagine that the restoration of specific things we’d put on hold would signal life was returning to normal. Schools would reopen; masks would come off; offices would fill back up, and restaurants would buzz with diners. Thirty months on, we got all those things back—social mixing, return to office, … Read more