The Atlantic Daily: America Is Fumbling Its Way Through Another Major Surge

Though the primary variant in play, Omicron, is distinct, the pain points are the same.

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Yet again, America is fumbling its way through a major surge of the coronavirus. Though the primary variant in play, Omicron, is distinct—this iteration of the virus seems both more mild and more transmissible than previous ones—the pain points are the same. The country is making familiar mistakes anew, as it scrambles to adjust pandemic guidance in light of skyrocketing case counts.

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