coronavirus

An aerial view shows graves in the Nossa Senhora Aparecida cemetery in Manaus, Brazil, on July 20.

Brazil’s First Wave Isn’t Over Yet

Coronavirus cases are spiking again in the country’s north, threatening to increase strain on public hospitals. This time, local governments face even more political pressure to lift restrictions.

This photo taken on September 14, 2020 shows employees work on a car assembly line at a Dongfeng factory in Wuhan on Sept. 14.

China Has the V-Shaped Recovery of Which Trump Can Only Dream

But the structure of its comeback may create problems at home—and abroad.

A partially-masked man walks in Pfarrkirchen, a town in Bavaria, on Oct. 27 after a local lockdown was imposed.

They Conquered COVID-19. Now They’re Struggling.

From the Czech Republic and Germany to the Indian state of Kerala, governments that dealt decisively with the first wave of the coronavirus are drowning in the second wave.

A masked tourist looks out over New York City from the Edge sky deck  as it reopens to the public amid the coronavirus pandemic on Sept. 2.

Moving Beyond a Post-Pandemic World

In a new book, Fareed Zakaria draws some hard but unavoidable conclusions about dealing with future viruses.

Cardboard figures of Chinese President Xi Jinping, wearing a face mask, and U.S. President Donald Trump stand in front of a souvenir shop in Moscow on June 3.

The Rise of the COVID Dictatorships

Around the world, emergency powers are chipping away at democracy—sometimes with public support.

Rep. Joaquin Castro wears a face mask

Democrats Push for Foreign Aid in Coronavirus Stimulus Fight

While Congress and the White House remain far apart on COVID-19 stimulus talks, some Democrats hope to restore lost U.S. prestige by adding foreign aid to the bill.

Ultra-Orthodox Jews, some wearing face masks, pray during the Sukkot holiday at the Western Wall in the old city of Jerusalem, on Oct. 7 amid Israel's second coronavirus lockdown.

The Government Can’t Save Ultra-Orthodox Jews From COVID-19. Religious Leaders Can.

The coronavirus has hit Haredi enclaves hard, but without clear directives from rabbis, isolated communities from Jerusalem to New York will continue to suffer.

Paramilitary police march near the U.S. consulate in Chengdu, China.

Our Top Weekend Reads

A history lesson on pandemics and their aftereffects, Putin becomes Pashinyan’s playmaker, and Selina Meyer humbles Donald Trump.

Paramilitary police march near the U.S. consulate in Chengdu, China.

COVID-19 Might Not Change the World

Pandemics are not always transformative events. While some worrying preexisting trends could accelerate, it’s incorrect to assume that the coronavirus will end globalization, kill liberal democracy, or enhance China’s soft power.

A woman carries a diabled man wearing a protective face mask the Sabra neighbourhood of Beirut where many Palestinian refugees still live, amid measures coordinated with Palestinian security forces to shut down all shops in a bid to limit the spread of COVID-19 coronavirus disease, on March 22, 2020.

Coronavirus Is Pushing Lebanon Over the Brink

It’s time to add an uncontrolled outbreak to the country’s long list of woes.

Supporters of U.S. President Donald Trump gather outside Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, on Oct. 5.

Trump, COVID-19, and the Future of International Order

In a new survey, international relations experts are pessimistic about the years to come.

A member of the hacking group Red Hacker Alliance monitors global cyberattacks on his computer at an office in Dongguan, China, on Aug. 4.

Lockdowns Have Been Hard on Organized Crime, Too

And a rise in cyber-ransoms is the result. To stop the cycle, businesses should stop paying up.

President Donald Trump speaks at a 'Make America Great Again' rally in Phoenix, Arizona, on Aug. 22, 2017.

Trump’s Illness Is Not a National Security Crisis

A reality check about the foreign-policy implications of a sick president.

A worker wearing protective equipment pushes a hand truck with an oxygen tank in Lima, Peru.

The Peruvian Poor Can’t Breathe in the Pandemic

The mountainous country is the hardest-hit in the world, partly thanks to a critical lack of oxygen.

President Donald Trump gestures while speaking about mask wearing during a press conference in the Brady Briefing Room of the White House in Washington, DC on Sept. 16, 2020.

The Dangerous Foreign-Policy Fallout of Trump’s COVID-19 Diagnosis

The four ways the president’s illness can complicate national security decision-making—or invite foreign attacks.

Brothers Fred and Hugo Svenleen of Sweden enjoy an ice cream during the 31st annual Twins Day Festival 05 August, 2006, in Twinsburg, Ohio.

Sweden and the World-Historical Power of Conformity

From socialism to the coronavirus, a unified theory for why everyone thinks Swedes have all the answers.

U.S. President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden face off in a debate.

What Happens If a Presidential Candidate Dies Before Election Day?

Trump’s physician expressed optimism about the president’s health after he tested positive for the coronavirus. But his hospitalization brings to light new questions on what happens if a worst-case scenario hits while Americans are casting their votes.

White House chief of staff Mark Meadows (right) watches as U.S. President Donald Trump walks off Marine One upon arrival at Walter Reed Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, on Oct. 2 following the president's COVID-19 diagnosis.

What Happens When Presidents Get Sick?

Just when the U.S. public needs clarity about Trump’s health, tradition and the president’s proclivities make that unlikely.

U.S. President Donald Trump holds a face mask as he speaks during the first presidential debate in Cleveland, Ohio, on Sept. 29. JIM WATSON/AFP via Getty Images

Only State-of-the-Art Medicine—and Luck—Can Save Trump Now

The president has treatment options for his coronavirus infection. None are very good.