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…


Even if you have amazing chemistry with your partner, bad habits like being manipulative or holding a grudge can derail a healthy relationship.

Two individuals walking in the woods.
Two individuals walking in the woods.
Relationships thrive when you maintain good habits. Photo: Hinterhaus Productions/Getty Images

By Amy Morin

Mentally strong couples are comprised of two strong individuals who bring out the best in each other. They challenge each other in healthy ways and support each other’s efforts to reach their goals.

While good habits are important to their success, the absence of bad habits is what really separates them from other people. They avoid unhealthy habits that could rob them of the mental strength they need to be their best. …


Americans are ready to spend, signaling a coming economic boom, with $1.6 trillion in savings more than enough to close the hole in the economy.

Individuals walking down the street with shopping bags.
Individuals walking down the street with shopping bags.
With $1.6 trillion in savings, Americans are set to spend. Photo: SOPA Images/Getty Images

By Hillary Hoffower

Americans are ready for a shopping spree.

Coronavirus lockdowns and two stimulus packages left American consumers sitting on approximately $1.6 trillion of pent-up spending, according to Commerce Dept. figures released on Friday.

As the pandemic shut down the experience economy, Americans shifted away from social leisure — recreational time spent in groups — and toward activities enjoyed alone. Now, 11 months later, spending on this kind of solitary leisure hasn’t been enough…


Denver, Atlanta, and Raleigh-Durham are some of the cities tackling the digital divide and making big strides in innovation and sustainability.

Atlanta, Georgia.
Atlanta, Georgia.
The population of Atlanta is expected to grow by nearly three million over the next few decades. Photo: Tetra Images/Getty Images

By Erica Sweeney

If city leaders across the country learned anything from the past year, it’s the value of resilience.

The COVID-19 pandemic exposed cracks in infrastructure, posed mobility challenges, and revealed a digital divide. The places that have fared the best are the ones that have been investing in the future, specifically in areas like digital transformation, manufacturing, sustainability, infrastructure, and innovation.

“I don’t think we talk about resilience enough,” Diana Bowman, co-director of the Center for Smart…


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…

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