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There’s no point in avoiding the obvious: Cases are rising fast. The winter looks bad.

But weary Americans may take comfort: This time, we know more. The coming season doesn’t have to be a catastrophe.

Keep reading for some practical advice on managing this scary period.

JULIAN MONTAGUE

One question, answered: A concerned parent asks on behalf of their school-age daughter: How dangerous are woodwinds?

James Hamblin responds in his latest “Paging Dr. Hamblin” column:

Although there are no clearly documented cases of coronavirus transmission via woodwind, there is a lot of evidence of the benefit of kids studying musical instruments, and taking part in team-based competition. Even during a pandemic, immersing kids in the arts isn’t an indulgence.

Continue reading. Every Wednesday, James takes questions from readers about health-related curiosities, concerns, and obsessions. He has also answered:

Have one? Email Jim at paging.dr.hamblin@theatlantic.com.

20 days remain until the 2020 presidential election. Here’s today’s essential read:

David Frum argues that America wouldn’t survive a second Trump term.

Today’s break from the news:

The ousted WeWork CEO Adam Neumann offers a lesson in how to get rich by losing lots of money.


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