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Our Essential Coronavirus Coverage

Our Essential Coronavirus Coverage

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Why Wait 8 Months?

You could probably sneak in a COVID-19 booster shot right now. But there are a few good reasons to hold off.

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How the Pandemic Now Ends

Cases of COVID-19 are rising fast. Vaccine uptake has plateaued. The pandemic will be over one day—but the way there is different now.

a map of the country's coronavirus status on July 27, 2021
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How Did It Come to This?

The Delta variant is winning, for the moment, and the CDC’s coronavirus map shows that we’re failing to fight it.

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A Year Without Germs

Months of exuberant hand-sanitizing and social isolation during the pandemic have changed our exposure to microbes, in ways good and bad.