Coronavirus

Medical staff treat patients aboard a high-speed train in France.

Europe Puts Its Hospitals on Rails

Italy and Spain have hospital trains on standby for any future Covid-19 outbreaks, after medical workers on France’s high-speed TGV train treated 84 patients.

A Very Canadian Solution to Fight Coronavirus

Canada has managed to flatten the curve in new Covid-19 cases, but one group has a backup plan for converting skating and hockey rinks to medical facilities.

Coronavirus Data in the U.S. Is Terrible, and Here’s Why

We have more data than ever to track a growing number of coronavirus cases, tests and deaths. But can we rely on these numbers?

A pair of researchers sort case information as part of a treatment trial at the CAP Sant Felix medical center in Sabadell, Spain.

To Combat Coronavirus, Scientists Are Also Breaking Down Barriers

Covid-19 has triggered a boom in interdisciplinary research as physicians, public health experts, and environmental scientists team up to fight the pandemic.

The Health Emergency That’s Coming to West Louisville

The spread of Covid-19 into communities long suffering from environmental inequities could spell disaster for local residents, like in Louisville, Kentucky.

U.K. Told Immigrants 'Go Home,' But Now It Needs Them

Immigrant deportation policies forced some nurses and medical support workers out of the U.K. before the coronavirus pandemic. Now the U.K. needs them.

photo: Stuart Malcolm, a doctor with the Haight Ashbury Free Clinic, speaks with homeless people about the coronavirus in San Francisco.

No Easy Fixes as Covid-19 Hits Homeless Shelters

Cities like San Francisco and New York City are moving shelter residents to hotels as coronavirus spreads. But federal authorities have a different solution.

Readers: Help Shape Our Coronavirus Coverage

CityLab is continuing to cover how Covid-19 is impacting our cities. We want your feedback and ideas.

illustration of a late-1800s bathroom

How Infectious Disease Defined the American Bathroom

Cholera and tuberculosis outbreaks transformed the design and technology of the home bathroom. Will Covid-19 inspire a new wave of hygiene innovation?

The Right Way to Pass Fellow Pedestrians, and Other Social Distancing Tips

Being a model local citizen during coronavirus requires us to upend some of our ingrained neighborly behaviors. Here’s how to adopt new ones.

AIDS and Coronavirus: What's Different Now

Some aspects of the Covid-19 pandemic are eerily reminiscent of the AIDS crisis — others are unrecognizable.

How We Stopped Villainizing the Social Safety Net

The coronavirus crisis has made clear to more American people and politicians what was true all along: Giving workers a social safety net benefits us all.

photo: A California voter casts his ballot in 2016.

How Coronavirus Is Killing Off Ballot Measures

Campaign events are canceled, canvassers are homebound, and ballot initiatives are stalled as coronavirus lockdowns limit voter-led democratic efforts.

photo: A cyclist rides past a closed Victoria Park in East London.

The Power of Parks in a Pandemic

For city residents, equitable access to local green space is more than a coronavirus-era amenity. It’s critical for physical, emotional, and mental health.

These States Are Sowing Confusion About Cities’ Power to Fight Covid-19

Mixed messages on the legal concept of preemption are confusing cities that want to pass stronger Covid-19 actions, like closed beaches and shelter in place.

photo: San Francisco Municipal Transit Agency employees turn an empty cable car in San Francisco on March 4.

As Coronavirus Quiets Streets, Some Cities Speed Road and Transit Fixes

With cities in lockdown and workplaces closed, the big drop in traffic and transit riders allows road repair and construction projects to rush forward.

In a Pandemic, We're All 'Transit Dependent'

Now more than ever, public transportation is not just about ridership. Buses, trains, and subways make urban civilization possible.

What Bigotry Looks Like During Social Distancing

As reports of harassment and assault against Asian Americans increase, community advocates are finding new ways to tackle the spread of xenophobia.

The Coronavirus Class Divide in Cities

Places like New York, Miami and Las Vegas have a higher share of the workforce in jobs with close proximity to others, putting them at greater Covid-19 risk.

photo: homemade protective face masks.

The Maker Movement Mobilizes to Fight Coronavirus

To sew masks, build protective gear, and fabricate medical equipment needed for Covid-19, networks of small-scale DIY manufacturers are springing up nationwide.