Experts agree: This virus isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. But it’s possible that in the months ahead we’ll devise bright new ways to fight back.

A vaccine syringe.
A vaccine syringe.
Experts agree: The novel coronavirus isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. Photo: Samantha Lee/Insider

By Andrew Dunn, Aria Bendix, and Hilary Brueck

As the pandemic approaches its second year, the coronavirus has morphed into a tougher foe.

Several mutations that scientists have identified in rapidly spreading variants are particularly worrisome. They raise concerns that these strains will be more contagious or be able to at least partly evade protection provided by vaccines and by prior infections.

Let’s be clear: No one knows how the next phase of the pandemic…


Rudy Giuliani’s pathetic press conference underscored how little President Trump has to back his claims of election fraud. It was also hilarious.

Former New York City Mayor and current Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani.
Former New York City Mayor and current Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani.
Former New York City Mayor and current Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani. Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Image

By Linette Lopez

On Thursday former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani — representing the President of the United States — took to television to decry the outcome of the 2020 election, spout conspiracy theories, and echo disproven lies.

One of his equally glassy-eyed fellows claimed that former Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez — a man who died in 2013 — helped rig the 2020 election.

Giuliani sweat so profusely that his hair dye ran down his face. He…


Amy Morin says scheduling fun activities that spark your creativity can help you feel less isolated while working remotely.

Scheduling fun activities can help you stay mentally strong during isolation.
Scheduling fun activities can help you stay mentally strong during isolation.
Scheduling fun activities can help you stay mentally strong during isolation. Photo: Eugenio Marongiu/Getty Images

By Amy Morin

It’s hard to feel like the epitome of mental toughness when you’re sitting on the couch in your pajamas for the 250th day in a row armed with nothing but a laptop and a coffee-stained pile of papers.

Working from home can feel a bit liberating while also a bit mundane. And over time, every day might blend together when your only coworker is your cat.

For individuals who live alone, remote work can be quite isolating. No…


I played 6 seasons in the NFL and never took a hit as hard as the ones McDonald’s put on me during my 24 years as an operator in Atlanta.

McDonald’s.
McDonald’s.
McDonald’s. Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

By Van Jakes

I played six seasons in the NFL and never took a hit as hard as the ones McDonald’s put on me during my 24 years as an operator of several franchises in Atlanta.

Becoming a McDonald’s franchisee in 1992 was a dream come true. …


As leading Republicans whitewash Trump’s legacy and enable the personality cult surrounding him, it’s also revealing deep fractures in the party.

Donald Trump addresses the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) held in the Hyatt Regency on February 28, 2021 in Orlando, Florida.
Donald Trump addresses the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) held in the Hyatt Regency on February 28, 2021 in Orlando, Florida.
Donald Trump addresses the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) held in the Hyatt Regency on February 28, 2021 in Orlando, Florida. Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images

By John Haltiwanger

The GOP of 2021 is increasingly defined by worshipping Donald Trump, as the party builds a cult of personality around a former president who left the White House in disgrace less than two months ago. Experts warn it poses an ongoing threat to democracy in the US — as evidenced by the Capitol attack he stoked.

Trump became the GOP’s supreme leader five years ago. The GOP did not even bother to issue a new party…


Millennials are catching up to boomers and Gen X in earnings and life events like homeownership, but they’re still way behind in building wealth.

An individual at graduation.
An individual at graduation.
The generational wealth gap persists, in which millennials hold a sliver of the wealth boomers held at their age. Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images

By Hillary Hoffower

Are millennials finally catching up to previous generations?

A new report by the Center for Retirement Research at Boston College indicates that the answer is yes — at least, in some regards. The report compared findings from the Center’s 2016 generational study and the Federal Reserve’s 2019 Survey of Consumer Finances. …


We have a social responsibility to call out anti-vax misinformation, and that includes lies about the COVID-19 vaccine.

Diana Carolina, a pharmacist at Memorial Healthcare System, receives a Pfizer-BioNtech Covid-19 vaccine at Memorial Healthcare System, on December 14, 2020 in Miramar, Florida.
Diana Carolina, a pharmacist at Memorial Healthcare System, receives a Pfizer-BioNtech Covid-19 vaccine at Memorial Healthcare System, on December 14, 2020 in Miramar, Florida.
Diana Carolina, a pharmacist at Memorial Healthcare System, receives a Pfizer-BioNtech Covid-19 vaccine at Memorial Healthcare System, on December 14, 2020 in Miramar, Florida. Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images

By Lior Brimberg

We have all seen the false headlines stating that vaccinations cause autism. This very loud and misinformed fake news has become the fuel for the ever-growing firestorm of the anti-vaccination movement and disbelief around vaccines in general. That misinformation has now dangerously spread to the discussion of the impending COVID-19 vaccine.

The anti-vax movement threatens the health and well-being of the global population. There is skepticism swirling around the COVID-19 vaccines; a recent Kaiser Health Covid-19 Monitor poll reports…


Public-health experts say it’s probably safe for vaccinated people to meet for dinner or gather together indoors.

A recently reopened movie theater.
A recently reopened movie theater.
A recently reopened movie theater. Photo: Gabriel Kuchta/Getty Images

By Aria Bendix

So you’ve received a coronavirus vaccine. Does life change a little, or a lot?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is expected to release guidelines this week detailing how Americans can safely alter their behavior once they’re fully vaccinated. But the rules are complicated by a few unknowns, namely the extent to which vaccinated people can pass the virus to others and the threat of contagious variants that may evade vaccine protection.

So far, Pfizer’s and Moderna’s clinical trials…


Investing legend Warren Buffett has said that he owns no cryptocurrency and never will, adding that the digital currencies “basically have no value.”

A piggy bank.
A piggy bank.
Some billionaires aren’t quite sold. Photo: AlexSava/Getty Images

By Juliana Kaplan

Bitcoin is once again dominating financial discourse and making headlines as it sees tremendous gains.

The cryptocurrency first went mainstream — and drew both attention and huge gains — in 2017. Just as quickly, it (and other cryptocurrencies) slumped the next year.

But bitcoin has always had an elusive appeal; its creator, known as “Satoshi Nakamoto,” is still a mystery. Celebrities from Gwyneth Paltro to Snoop Dogg hopped on the cryptocurrency train.

And now…


As the US recovers from a historically deep recession, several factors are aligning for a unique era of prosperity in the 2020s.

An individual laughing and holding up a beer.
An individual laughing and holding up a beer.
America is ready for a new era that won’t be like times past. Photo: David W Cerny/Reuters

By Nick Lichtenberg and Hillary Hoffower

Vaccines are rolling out and picking up speed. There’s finally a light at the end of America’s long coronavirus tunnel as massive advances in public health provide reason to be optimistic about 2021.

But the world that reopens won’t be the same one that shut down nearly a year ago, and the good news could go beyond a return to “normalcy:” the American economy of the 2020s could be the best in…

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