The Atlantic Daily: COVID Will Surprise Us Again

Coronavirus cases are, once again, dropping in the United States. But the virus isn’t done with us yet.

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Young child getting the COVID-19 vaccine
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Imagine it: The sun is warm, the flowers are in bloom, and no one is talking about the coronavirus. After a bitter January, the country’s Omicron surge is receding, and—although COVID case rates are still much higher than they were last winter—it feels as if a pandemic lull is just around the corner.

Unfortunately, we’ve learned enough to know that we’re stuck with this virus for a while longer, and that it could catch us off guard at any moment.

Ukranian soldier
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The rest of the news in three sentences:

(1) The U.S. will send 3,000 troops to Europe to bolster allies’ defenses amid fears that Russia will invade Ukraine.

(2) “Havana syndrome” could be caused by “pulsed electromagnetic energy,” a panel of experts found.

(3) CNN President Jeff Zucker resigned, saying he had failed to disclose a romantic relationship with a colleague.

Today’s Atlantic-approved activity:

Fight off the winter blues with Bravo’s Summer House, a low-stakes reality show set in the Hamptons. Kaitlyn Tiffany and Lizzie Plaugic attempt to explain the show’s appeal in their newsletter, Famous People.

A break from the news:

This is your brain on heartbreak.


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