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For Faye Flam's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:
It’s been about a year since the early coronavirus alarms were raised, and despite a decline in infections, new fears are rising up. New COVID-19 variants are making pessimists worry that an even bigger next wave may be coming. It’s true that the virus is ...
Perfection is impossible. But there’s a way to do justice to both science and ethics: Focus vaccines on geographic hot spots and the elderly.
Two big trends emerged: lockdowns (too blunt) and testing (too slow). With months left to go before vaccination can curtail the pandemic, 2020’s regrets should be 2021’s lessons.
So far, scientists have found only one mutation that improves the survival ability of the virus. The more transmissible strain is referred to as G614.
If the vaccine created by Pfizer and partner BioNTech fails to live up to its promise, will any slower but better competitors have a chance?
Joe Biden’s call for a universal mask mandate is part of a confused public health message.
A real solution to the pandemic won't be found overnight, so be prepared for good news and bad along the way.
Political spinmeisters are making it hard to draw the fine distinctions needed to keep COVID-19 in check.
With the guidance on masks during the pandemic having been conflicting, it's no wonder some people are confused.