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Coronavirus, one year later: How the pandemic has changed us

Has the COVID-19 pandemic forever altered human behavior?

Coronavirus, one year later: How the pandemic has changed us

How you're doing: The pandemic's impact on mental health

More people of all ages are reporting that the pandemic has affected their mental state. How do you deal with the situation?

How you're doing: The pandemic's impact on mental health

The plan of the new administration: More masks and vaccines

Biden adviser sees local answers to boosting mask use, speeding up vaccinations.

The plan of the new administration: More masks and vaccines

The 'Covidization' Of Science

It’s been a landmark year for science. How did the science community do it — and at what cost?

The 'Covidization' Of Science

'How did we get here?' A call for an Evangelical reckoning on Trump

Evangelicals leaders call for look at how their own behaviors and actions may have helped fuel the insurrection.

A call for an Evangelical reckoning on Trump

Chaos at the Capitol: What does it mean for America?

The world witnessed the consequences of rhetoric that subverts the truth and incites violence. How should the US should continue from here?

Chaos at the Capitol: What does it mean for America?

Vaccine mistrust and how to overcome it

Expert: Vaccine hesitancy is a serious risk to the people who aren’t getting vaccinated as well as the wider community.

Vaccine mistrust and how to overcome it

'$4 in my bank account': Pandemic has left millions poor

More than 50 million people in the U.S. will experience food insecurity by the end of 2020. What can we do for them?

'$4 in my bank account': Pandemic has left millions poor

'The vaccine is excellent - but it does not solve everything'

Doctor explains the unknowns about the coronavirus vaccine.

'The vaccine is excellent - but it does not solve everything'

Democrats are skeptical of Biden's Pentagon pick

There has been frustration from some corners over Biden's selection process of his Cabinet.

Democrats are skeptical of Biden's Pentagon pick

Nurses share stories from the coronavirus surge

Nurses who treated Corona patients and saw death with their own eyes, tell of the difficult days they went through.

Nurses share stories from the coronavirus surge

Why our brains struggle to make sense of COVID-19 risks

Dr. Gaurav Suri, a neuroscientist at San Francisco State University, explains how habits can help make the risks of the virus less abstract.

Why our brains struggle to make sense of COVID-19 risks

Trump relents, paving way for Biden transition to begin‏

An in depth look at the coalition Biden formed to win the election. What are the odds of it sticking together under the new administration?

Trump relents, paving way for Biden transition to begin‏

Reason for hope: What we know about Pfizer's vaccine

With promising news of a vaccine from drug company Pfizer, what could pandemic response look like in 2021?

Reason for hope: What we know about Pfizer's vaccine

Why did Republicans rack up wins despite Trump's loss?

Joe Biden will have to deal with a Senate with a Republican majority. It will require painful compromises to be able to manage its policies.

Why did Republicans rack up wins despite Trump's loss?

'I don't think the Palestinians should feel betrayed'

U.S. Ambassador to Israel: "The entire notion of Israeli sovereignty derives from the map that Israel had agreed to".

'I don't think the Palestinians should feel betrayed'

Serious coronavirus patients: This is how we recovered from the virus

It's not a hoax: Two coronavirus survivors share different stories of COVID-19.

Serious coronavirus patients: This is how we recovered

Look up: July skies are brimming with planets

Astronomer says July skies are brimming with planets, constellations.

Look up: July skies are brimming with planets

'Being a black police officer is hard as hell'

Former police officer says he understands the struggle of many black officers to manage that dual consciousness.

'Being a black police officer is hard as hell'

Air conditioning systems can spread the coronavirus, study suggests

Air conditioners can blow around infected droplets hanging in the air, says University of Maryland environmental health professor.

Air conditioning systems can spread the coronavirus

Childhood and coronavirus: How do times of crisis shape kids?

Explore how this pandemic is changing childhood and how that might shape the practices, beliefs and behaviors of kids as they grow up.

Childhood and coronavirus: How do times of crisis shape kids?

'We are going to get through it. It's going to take time'

Dr. Sanjay Gupta on the battle against coronavirus: ‘We will get through it’.

'We are going to get through it. It's going to take time'

The tension of coronavirus challenges the mental health of Americans

Many Americans experiencing 'more mental health concerns than ever before'.

The tension of coronavirus challenges Americans' mental health

Did scientists find the cure for the coronavirus?

Disorganized research slows discovery of COVID-19 treatments, experts say.

Did scientists find the cure for the coronavirus?

What will it take to save America's small businesses?

Pepole across the US tried to apply for the Paycheck Protection Program, but eventually gave up because it was so complicated.

What will it take to save America's small businesses?

How bacteria could affect outcomes of COVID-19 patients

Dr. Ronald Collman thinks that our microbiome - the bacteria and fungi that live in our bodies and on our skin - may be playing a role.

How bacteria could affect outcomes of COVID-19 patients

'The history of this pandemic will reflect the great mistakes that were made'

Former US Secretary of Defense gives the Trump administration a D+ for its coronavirus response.

'The history of this pandemic will reflect the great mistakes'

Lockdown ends in Wuhan — but the city is far from normal

Coronavirus: back to where it all began, while routine seems far away.

Lockdown ends in Wuhan — but the city is far from normal

Unpacking efforts to contain the coronavirus

Testing, treatment and vaccines: What will ultimately work to curb the coronavirus?

Unpacking efforts to contain the coronavirus

What it means to be a good person in the midst of a pandemic

'The Good Place' creator Michael Schur talks about morals and being a good person during a global pandemic.

What it means to be a good person in the midst of a pandemic

'I promised my son I'd stay alive'

Nurse practitioner who wore full protective gear contracted coronavirus.

'I promised my son I'd stay alive'

'Flatten the curve': How social distancing can slow coronavirus

Social distancing is being encouraged as a way to slow the spread of the coronavirus. How are we 'flattening the curve?'

'Flatten the curve': How social distancing can slow coronavirus

The child died, the family left out: 'That was the hardest part'

Father whose son died from coronavirus couldn't be with him in the final moments.

The child died, the family left out: 'That was the hardest part'

What disasters reveal about hope and humanity

Rebecca Solnit explores whether disasters like pandemics reveal a surprising truth – that people are more generous than we commonly believe.

What disasters reveal about hope and humanity

The medical decision: Who will live and who will die?

Allocating scarce medical treatment can mean deciding between who lives and who dies.

The medical decision: Who will live and who will die?

What drives people to hoard toilet paper and hand sanitizer?

There are steps people can take to ease some of the anxiety and give a person a better sense of being in control of this chaotic situation.

What drives people to hoard toilet paper and hand sanitizer?

Coronavirus crisis: How do we keep calm?

How to stay resilient and mentally healthy during the coronavirus outbreak.

Coronavirus crisis: How do we keep calm?

Treatment pioneered in 1918 could save coronavirus patients

Researchers say they are developing a treatment that could stave off the worst effects of COVID-19 and prevent the disease from spreading.

Treatment pioneered in 1918 could save coronavirus patients

How quickly can a coronavirus vaccine be developed?

Test kits, antiviral drugs and vaccines: The science you need to know about coronavirus.

How quickly can a coronavirus vaccine be developed?

Will mass quarantines slow the spread of coronavirus?

All of Italy is on lockdown. Experts expect to see more quarantines across the globe.

Will mass quarantines slow the spread of coronavirus?