Amy McKeever, National Geographic

Amy McKeever

National Geographic

Washington, DC, United States

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Recent articles by Amy:

A one-dose HPV vaccine aims to end cervical cancer worldwide

Emerging evidence suggests that just one dose of the HPV vaccine is as effective as two or three—and that has huge implications for the battle against cervical cancer. → Read More

Should you drink chocolate milk after a workout?

In a world full of post-workout recovery drinks, many endurance athletes turn to this sugary beverage. Here’s why—and what that means for you. → Read More

Diwali is the Indian festival of lights. Here's what to know about its history and customs.

Observed by more than a billion people across faiths, this five-day festival of lights brings prayer, feasts, fireworks and, for some, a new year. → Read More

Photos show the first 2 years of a world transformed by COVID-19

Our photographers bore witness to the ways the world has coped—and changed—since the pandemic began. → Read More

How overfishing threatens the world's oceans—and why it could end in catastrophe

Decades of harvesting the seas have disrupted the delicate balance of marine ecosystems—despite global efforts to mitigate the damage. → Read More

These photos were among the favorites of our 200 million Instagram followers

We’ve posted more than 26,000 photos in 10 years. Here are the stories you connected with. → Read More

Why kids under 5 still can't get a COVID-19 vaccine

After disappointing results from clinical trials last year, vaccine companies are working to make the shots more effective. Here's where the science stands now. → Read More

How cruise lines are adapting to COVID-19 in the age of Omicron

The pandemic keeps disrupting the cruise industry. Here’s how to navigate if you plan to set sail. → Read More

5 things to know about COVID-19 tests in the age of Omicron

The new variant is highly transmissible—but much else remains unknown. Here’s how scientists suggest using tests to stay safe. → Read More

How Christmas markets became a classic holiday tradition

From their medieval roots and brush with Nazis, Germany’s beloved bazaars are now celebrated around the world. → Read More

Why you may not need a COVID-19 booster yet after all

Given what we know about breakthrough infections, most experts remain unconvinced there’s enough data to justify an extra dose for most Americans. → Read More

What full FDA approval of Pfizer’s vaccine means for the course of the pandemic

Scientists say this decision is “a huge milestone” that clears the way for vaccine mandates and booster doses—and may persuade more unvaccinated people to get a shot. → Read More

The fraught history of Canada Day, a holiday that marks the nation’s birth

On July 1, 1867, three British colonies merged to form Canada. But independence would prove elusive for decades to come. → Read More

Are we there yet? What happens if the U.S. can't reach herd immunity.

Without herd immunity, the country will see localized surges. But even if we don't get there, experts say there's still reason for hope. → Read More

How virus variants get their confusing names—and why that’s changing

Right now we're stuck with jumbles of letters and numbers, or country names that stigmatize people from that region. Experts announced a new plan to fix that. → Read More

Vintage photos of royal families from all over the world

In the last century, modern media has offered unprecedented access to monarchs—from their elaborate ceremonies and regalia to the quiet moments of their everyday lives. → Read More

We still don’t know the origins of the coronavirus. Here are 4 scenarios.

Experts say that understanding how the virus first leapt from animals to humans is essential to preventing future pandemics. → Read More

Latest: FDA committee recommends emergency authorization of Johnson & Johnson vaccine

These are the COVID-19 vaccine prospects that have made it to phase three trials and beyond. → Read More

Kwanzaa celebrates African-American heritage. Here’s how it came to be—and what it means today.

Since its founding in 1966, the weeklong holiday has been observed with candle lighting ceremonies, feasts, and reflections on past struggles and future hopes. → Read More

Why do we have Christmas trees? The surprising history behind this holiday tradition.

From Estonia to Antarctica, this once-pagan symbol has taken on many strange forms. → Read More