After the Civil War, support for public health measures was high. Now, some people blast them as part of the "nanny state."
Some writers see contagion as a metaphor for community—proof that we exist within an interdependent network and not as autonomous disconnected islands.
Four different ways researchers use the virus's own structure to train our immune systems to exterminate it.
In the late 1800s, doctors in German-speaking countries were having trouble agreeing on one simple thing: whether to wear gloves during surgery.
Lady Mary Wortley Montagu is credited with popularizing variolation among the aristocracy in England.
From the almshouse to the nursing home, has long-term care for seniors been destined to fail?
Without a vaccine, the only route to "herd immunity" to SARS-CoV-2 is through infection.
Eastern Equine Encephalitis may be brewing in the bog near you. Should you worry?
If history is any guide, probably not.
The airborne particles carry microbes and fungi, and can react with human lung tissue.