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The Secrets of Covid ‘Brain Fog’ Are Starting to Lift

Scientists are getting closer to understanding the neurology behind the memory problems and cognitive fuzziness that an infection can trigger.

How Covid Tracking Apps Are Pivoting for Commercial Profit

In the pandemic’s early days, government-backed public health apps acquired millions of users—a ready-made audience developers are eager to tap.

Covid Shots for Little Kids Are Here. Now for the Hardest Part

Hesitancy, bureaucracy, inequity, and the need to explain new formulas could slow down vaccine delivery to the last unprotected group.

Is It Possible to Beat a Virus That Moves Faster Than Science?

WIRED’s editor in chief shares thoughts on the ongoing evolutionary battle between humans and SARS-CoV-2, plus more from the next issue.

When Covid Came for Provincetown

In a queer vacation hot spot on Cape Cod, an ad hoc community proved that Americans can stifle large outbreaks—if they want to.

Shanghai’s Censors Can’t Hide Stories of the Dead

Many people reportedly died after struggling to access medical care during a brutal lockdown. The families want to make sure these deaths are counted.

A Pandemic Tragedy on Brazil’s Lago Verde

A dispatch from the Amazon: A beloved leader was the first Indigenous person in Brazil to die of Covid—a loss entwined with her people’s fight for sovereignty.

What Would a Novavax Covid-19 Vaccine Mean in the US?

FDA advisers overwhelmingly endorsed the vaccine, which Novavax hopes will sway holdouts to finally get their shots.

Welcome to the Great Reinfection

A repeat encounter with Covid used to be a rarity. But now that Omicron has changed the game, expect reinfections to be the new normal.

Can Disgusting Images Motivate Good Public Health Behavior?

Graphic images have long been tools of campaigns against smoking and STDs. Researchers want to know if they can work for infectious diseases like Covid.

11 Rapid At-Home Covid-19 Tests—and Where to Find Them

How accurate are over-the-counter swabs? Does your insurance cover them? We have answers.

Think Airport Crowds Are Bad Now? Wait ’Til Summer

Increased demand and staffing shortages are already contributing to huge delays and airport logjams across the country. Here’s what you can do.

How to Order Your Free At-Home Covid-19 Tests

The US government is offering 8 more at-home tests to every household. Here's how to get yours, and how to troubleshoot common problems.

Bill Gates Is So Over This Pandemic

The acerbic optimist thinks anxious people (like me) need to move on from Covid and start planning for the next vicious pathogen.

Uber and Lyft Drivers Must Now Set Their Own Mask Rules

After pandemic safety measures ended in the US, ride-hailing companies lifted their requirements for riders—leaving those behind the wheel on their own.

Shanghai Is Rewriting Chinese Censorship Amid Lockdown

Censors are cracking down on free speech online, but people are finding new ways to get around them.

When the Next Covid Wave Breaks, the US Won’t Be Able to Spot It

Lab programs are closing. Home testing has shrunk the pool of publicly reported data. Will we still see the next surge before it arrives?

Shanghai’s Plan to Reboot the Tech Supply Chain Will Be Hard

The government wants to restart production and shipping to meet global demand, but some people may trade a lockdown at home to being locked inside factories.

Humanity Is Vibe-Checking Itself to Death

Social media's economy of vibes is an engine that sustains the culture war and increasingly real-world attacks on trans and queer people.

For mRNA, Covid Vaccines Are Just the Beginning

With clinical vaccine trials for everything from HIV to Zika, messenger RNA could transform medicine—or widen health care inequalities.

15 Good N95, KF94, and KN95 Face Masks to Buy Right Now

Here are the best disposable coverings we’ve tested and researched—and where you can find them.

Why You Should Think Twice Before Sharing a Covid Diagnosis

At this point, many people wouldn't hesitate to say they've contracted the virus. This social norm has unsettling ramifications for medical privacy.

As Covid Restrictions End, Offices Have a Sick-Pay Problem

Countries aren’t just lifting pandemic restrictions, they’re cutting resources—forcing workers to choose between working sick and losing pay.