The Atlantic Daily: Omicron Is Scrambling Our COVID Best Practices

The coronavirus is spreading like never before. So what now?

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Everyone has COVID. Or at least, that’s how it feels in America right now. The daily-case curve is no longer a curve at all but practically a vertical line, launching like a rocket toward the outermost bounds of every chart. Omicron, the seemingly milder variant driving the surge, is likewise scrambling a lot of our best practices on how to react to such a jump in cases.

What’s clear is that we’re entering a distinct new era of the pandemic. So: If everyone has COVID, what now?

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The news in three sentences:

(1) The CDC did not update its definition of “fully vaccinated” to include booster shots but, going forward, recommends that people stay “up to date” on vaccinations. (2) A house fire in Philadelphia killed at least 13 people. (3) An out-of-control Russian rocket stage is falling back to Earth.

Today’s Atlantic-approved activity:

Isn’t it beautiful and terrible to exist inside / time … Read Nomi Stone’s poem “Thinking of My Wife as a Child by the Sea, While We Clean Mussels Together.”

A break from the news:

Sure, it’s risky—but it’s delicious. Our editor offers a defense of eating raw batter.


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