Opinion: Medicine’s Reliance on Machines Is Risky

At the center of the debate over ventilators’ effectiveness in treating Covid-19 is an enigmatic syndrome with a controversial past: acute respiratory distress syndrome. Its story serves as a cautionary tale about the dangers of prioritizing technology in settings where one treatment does not fit all.

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In her timely new book “The Great Indoors,” Emily Anthes explores the vagaries of lives lived predominantly indoors, and the burgeoning research connecting indoor environments to behavior and health. From innovative architecture to invisible microbes, Anthes reveals influences both great and small.

Abstracts: Covid-19, Uighurs, and More

Cases of Covid-19 increased across much of the country this week, raising fears that the virus that causes it could spread further during gatherings over the Fourth of July weekend. The holiday arrives as the national death toll from Covid-19 passes 128,000 — roughly one quarter of the world total.