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What is hand, foot and mouth disease?

Image: Shutterstock As a new parent, I’ve become acutely aware of every person in the vicinity of my daughter who has the slightest sniffle or...

Monkeypox: World Health Organization declares it a global health emergency – here’s what that means

Image: Nareshkumar Shaganti / Alamy Stock Photo The World Health Organisation (WHO) has declared the current monkeypox epidemic a global health emergency. The committee of independent advisers who...

Monkeypox is not a global emergency for now, says WHO. 3 things we need to know next about how it’s mutating and spreading

Image: Shutterstock The World Health Organization (WHO) has decided not to declare monkeypox a public health emergency of international concern. This may change in the future. However, WHO Director-General Tedros...

How monkeypox epidemic is likely to play out – in four graphs

Smallpox vaccines are effective against monkeypox. James Gathany/CDC The first case of monkeypox in a human was reported in 1970 in the Democratic Republic of the Congo....

How will Delta evolve? Here’s what the theory tells us

  Image: Shutterstock The COVID-19 pandemic is a dramatic demonstration of evolution in action. Evolutionary theory explains much of what has already happened, predicts what...

Can ‘viral shedding’ after the COVID vaccine infect others? That’s a big ‘no’

  Image: Shuttlestock Fears of “viral shedding” and other concerns after the COVID vaccine has led some businesses to ban vaccinated customers from the premises,...