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The Aftermath

A series about the collateral health effects of the Covid-19 pandemic in communities around the US.

Shantel Jones holds her son in New Orleans in March 2022. Both were affected by the closure of a local maternity ward.
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Jeenah Moon for Vox

“She hardly goes out”: Racism is keeping many Asian Americans from going to the doctor

Pandemic-related hate crimes against Asian Americans have left many feeling unsafe in public. The consequences of missed health care will have lasting effects.

By Jenny Chen

Stephanie Strasburg for Vox

Health care in jails and prisons is terrible. The pandemic made it even worse.

America’s 1.7 million incarcerated people have a constitutional right to medical treatment. During the pandemic, many of them say they didn’t get it in time.

by Victoria Law

Michelle McLoughlin for Vox

Maternity wards are shuttering across the US during the pandemic

The closures could make giving birth more dangerous in the United States.

by Dylan Scott

A person climbing a snow-covered mountainside. Nick Danielson for Vox

They save skiers and hikers in the wilderness. Here’s how they think about resilience.

Search-and-rescue responders have powerful new ways of recovering from trauma.

by Christopher Tedeschi

Joseph Rushmore for Vox

America isn’t taking care of caregivers

48 million people provide unpaid care to their loved ones in the US. Here’s how to help them.

By Katherine Harmon Courage

Courtesy of the Jolley family

The doctors are not all right

Doctors need mental health support, but the medical profession often punishes them for getting it.

By Julia Belluz

This series is supported in part by the NIHCM Foundation.


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Down to Earth

In defense of flies. Yes, really.

Future Perfect

UN numbers say meat is bad for the climate. The reality is worse.

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