The first Irish Healthy Food Environment Policy Index (Food-EPI), conducted by University College Cork, compared the Irish food system to international standards. Photograph: iStock

Ireland falls behind international best practice for implementing some of the policies needed to tackle obesity and other non-communicable diseases, a(...)

US president Donald Trump speaks from the Truman Balcony of the White House in Washingto on Saturday. Photographer: Erin Scott/Bloomberg

US president Donald Trump said in a Fox News interview on Sunday he no longer has Covid-19 and is not a transmission risk for the virus, as he prepare(...)

At a certain point, if everyone sports masks, they can become a new norm, but getting to this point takes time. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times

“We’re supposed to be wearing masks,” the host said as I entered a birthday party recently. He rolled his eyes and waved his hand in the air, as if to(...)

Michael Crichton: chose not to practise medicine and instead became a one-man entertainment industry. Photograph: Leonardo Cendamo/Getty Images

As a self-published writer with a comic novel and two column collections to my name, I have little time for the precious sensibilities of the traditio(...)

One public health expert said she would ‘stop short’ of close hugs. Photograph: iStock

As restrictions come down, social contacts will increase. Often, this will mean family members from outside the same household seeing each other for t(...)

Jair Bolsonaro greets supporters in Brasília  on Sunday. Photograph:  Evaristo Sa/AFP via Getty Images

In mid-March, Brazil took what seemed to be a forceful early strike against the coronavirus pandemic. The health ministry mandated that cruises be ca(...)

About 40% of the world’s population do not have facilities to wash their hands with soap and water at home.

An additional 6,000 children could die daily from preventable causes over the next six months due to pressure by the Covid-19 pandemic on health syste(...)

In every country that publishes  coronavirus death data, significantly more men than women have died.

With more than 70,000 deaths and counting worldwide from Covid-19, one pattern is clear – men are much more likely to die from coronavirus than women.(...)

Passengers wearing protective face masks arrive at the Shanghai South railway station in Shanghai. Photograph:  Noel Celis/AFP via Getty Images

China raised the death toll from the coronavirus epidemic to 811 on Sunday, passing the number killed globally by the Sars epidemic in 2002 and 2003. (...)

People wearing protective masks arrive at Beijing railway station to head home for the lunar new year on Tuesday. Photograph: Nicolas Asfouri/AFP/Getty Images.

A person in Washington state has been infected with the Wuhan coronavirus, the first confirmed case in the United States of a mysterious respiratory i(...)

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