A file image showing a  health worker preparing a Covid-19  test. Photograph: EPA

Nearly one in five people who have tested positive for Covid-19 are diagnosed with a mental illness such as anxiety, depression or insomnia within thr(...)

Existing literature suggests that when people lack material security, things like food and shelter, they tend to invest in small, tight social networks. Photograph: Getty Images

Conventional wisdom is that people living in big cities are less likely than smaller towns to help strangers in need, but new research suggests the li(...)

Transition year students wear face masks and use a hand sanitizer before entering a classroom on their first day back at school at Mount Sackville Secondary School in Chapelizod.  Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

We’ve reached a seminal moment in the fight against Covid-19: the reopening of schools. Will it lead to an increased rate of infection? Yes. Will it(...)

Using advanced models to forecast mortality, fertility and migration, a Lancet study concludes populations of at least 23 countries could shrink by more than 50 per cent. Photograph: Lam Yik/Bloomberg

A study predicting the global population could peak at 9.7 billion by 2064 – nearly four decades earlier than predicted by the UN – and decline to 8.8(...)

Coronavirus complications: British cases reveal a rise in a life-threatening condition called acute disseminated encephalomyelitis. Photograph: iStock/Getty

Doctors may be missing signs of serious and potentially fatal brain disorders triggered by coronavirus, as they emerge in mildly affected or recoverin(...)

Newgrange passage tomb. Photograph: Ken Williams

The genetic make-up of an adult male buried in the heart of the ancient Newgrange passage tomb indicates he was among a ruling social elite and in-bre(...)

 A depiction of conditions on a slave ship

The entrance to Trinity College Dublin through the College Green front gate is one of Dublin’s best-known images. Few know it was built with money in (...)

Positives from the pandemic: Máire Gilmartin of St Vincent's University Hospital in PPE; a climate protest near the Dáil; and traffic on the M50 in west Dublin. Photographs: Alan Betson

The crisis presents the country with huge threats. But it also shows us new ways forward – in health, housing, the public service, work and lifesty(...)

Mariana Mazzucato: The pandemic is a wake-up call

This weekend The Irish Times presents a series of articles on remaking Ireland after the pandemic. As part of this, Prof Mariana Mazzucato of the Univ(...)

The NHS data showed the total number people who had tested positive for Covid-19 and died in the period was 16,272. Photograph: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

White Irish people in England are half as likely to die from Covid-19 than individuals in black, Asian and ethnic minority (BAME) groups, new research(...)

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