This is why it's such a crime that the NYT got rid of Donald MacNeil. This piece belongs in the NYT, not on a Medium site that almost no one sees. | Continue reading


@donaldgmcneiljr1954.medium.com | 1 month ago

It’s down from its summer peak, but it’s creeping into new sexual networks — ones that will be harder to reach than leather bondage… | Continue reading


@donaldgmcneiljr1954.medium.com | 6 months ago

For the third time in three years, a few ultra-Orthodox Jews who refuse to accept public-health norms have played a role in introducing a… | Continue reading


@donaldgmcneiljr1954.medium.com | 8 months ago

Ring Vaccination Won’t Stop Monkeypox. Can Montreal?

The WHO may soon declare a global emergency. Montreal has abandoned ring vaccination. In the U.S., we’re counting on ring-vaxing and… | Continue reading


@donaldgmcneiljr1954.medium.com | 11 months ago

The story of one young man in Berlin shows that Germany is blowing it. We’re next. We should reschedule Pride celebrations — let this… | Continue reading


@donaldgmcneiljr1954.medium.com | 11 months ago

Despite official assurances that it’s containable, it’s growing fast. Its closest transmission analog may be herpes — which should worry… | Continue reading


@donaldgmcneiljr1954.medium.com | 1 year ago

The Mountain States still have little Omicron, except in counties with ski resorts. Maybe this could be the opening that makes vaccine… | Continue reading


@donaldgmcneiljr1954.medium.com | 1 year ago

Omicron is doubling so fast that it may soon be the pandemic of the unboosted — with holiday risks even for the boosted. | Continue reading


@donaldgmcneiljr1954.medium.com | 1 year ago

The Delta variant is making clear what the Administration should have done back in January: mandate vaccines, mandate passports and crack… | Continue reading


@donaldgmcneiljr1954.medium.com | 1 year ago

All epidemics end, even the Black Death and Spanish Flu. But it won’t be abrupt, and mine may end before yours does. | Continue reading


@donaldgmcneiljr1954.medium.com | 2 years ago

I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Lab-Leak Theory

Read writing from Donald G. McNeil Jr. on Medium. New York Times, 1976–2021. Global health beat 2002–2021. Last assignment: lead reporter on the Covid-19 pandemic. Donaldgmcneiljr1954@gmail.com. | Continue reading


@donaldgmcneiljr1954.medium.com | 2 years ago

How I learned to stop worrying and love the lab-leak theory

In early spring 2020, I reported an article for The New York Times on which I put the tentative headline: “New Coronavirus Is ‘Clearly Not… | Continue reading


@donaldgmcneiljr1954.medium.com | 2 years ago

As has been described elsewhere, this was a Times “Student Journey” arranged by the Putney School in Vermont. They’re expensive, and most… | Continue reading


@donaldgmcneiljr1954.medium.com | 2 years ago

On August 8, 2019, I wrote this note to my friend Jan Benzel, the retired New York Times editor who recruited Times experts for the Putney… | Continue reading


@donaldgmcneiljr1954.medium.com | 2 years ago

NYTimes Peru N-Word, Part Two: What Happened January 28?

At 11:17 A.M. on January 28, I got an email from the Daily Beast. It was from Lachlan Cartwright, and said: | Continue reading


@donaldgmcneiljr1954.medium.com | 2 years ago

On February 5 this year, one week after an article about me appeared in the Daily Beast, The New York Times announced that I would be… | Continue reading


@donaldgmcneiljr1954.medium.com | 2 years ago