Endemic Covid-19 Looks Pretty Brutal

100,000 annual deaths may be as good as it gets.

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Science Can Make Covid Immunity Even Stronger

How to make Covid immunity even more durable.

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During the Omicron Wave, Death Rates Soared for Older People

Last year, people 65 and older died from Covid at lower rates than in previous waves. But with Omicron and waning immunity, death rates rose again.

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It’s Still Covid’s World. We’re Just Living In It.

The virus has receded from the headlines, but it may continue to cause major problems for some time to come.

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The Toll of One Million Covid Deaths in the U.S

Nearly one million people have died from Covid in the United States. Many of the loved ones they left behind are grieving in a nation that wants to move on.

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The Vanishing Variants: Lessons from Gamma, Iota and Mu

Studying the coronavirus variants that have faded away could help us prepare for what comes next, scientists say.

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Two Years Later, New York City’s Lessons from the Pandemic

The city was slow to react, and the vaccine rollout was flawed. Poor neighborhoods still need help. But shutdowns and mandates saved lives.

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New ‘Deltacron’ Variant Is Rare and Similar to Omicron, Experts Say

Scientists have found a handful of cases of a new, hybrid variant in Europe and the United States. It’s unlikely to cause trouble, they say.

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Biden announces initiative to pair Covid-19 tests with treatment.

The “test to treat” initiative will enable Americans to get tested at pharmacies and, if they are positive for the virus, get antiviral treatments free on the spot, the president said.

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Walmart Says Vaccinated Workers No Longer Have to Wear Masks

The retailer said it was taking action after governors from Connecticut to California ended mask mandates recently.

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World Surpasses 400 Million Confirmed Covid Cases

The total has doubled in only six months as the most recent surge took a toll.

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New York Deer Infected With Omicron, Study Finds

White-tailed deer on Staten Island have become the first wild animals with documented Omicron infections. The coronavirus has now been found in deer in 15 states.

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Is the Coronavirus in Your Backyard?

White-tailed deer could become a reservoir for the virus, putting people and animals at risk, health experts say.

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Biden’s Pandemic Fight: Inside the Setbacks of the First Year

The administration has gotten much right, but its response has been hampered by confusing messaging, a lack of focus on testing, fear of political blowback and the coronavirus’s unpredictability.

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As Omicron Crests, Booster Shots Are Keeping Americans Out of Hospitals

Extra vaccine doses were expected to lower infection rates. But the shots also seem to be preventing severe illness caused by the new variant, the C.D.C. reported.

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Omicron Is Not the Final Variant

The world cannot afford to be so unprepared ever again.

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In Sewage, Clues to Omicron’s Surge

Tracking the virus in wastewater is helping some cities and hospitals respond to the most recent wave of the coronavirus, but a more coordinated national effort is needed, experts say.

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How Does Getting a Breakthrough Covid Case Affect My Immunity?

As Omicron cases skyrocket, more vaccinated people may get “hybrid” immunity after a breakthrough infection. But experts still encourage precautions.

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Omicron Is in Retreat

What’s next?

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Animals Infecting Humans Is Scary. It’s Worse When We Infect Them Back.

Mink farms threaten to become a source of new coronavirus variants — and an object lesson in how ‘spillback’ can make deadly diseases even deadlier.

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A Record Virus Surge in the Philippines, but Doctors Are Hopeful

Health officials say recent infections have been milder than those seen in previous waves, though they are still urging caution.

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For Coronavirus Testing, the Nose May Not Always Be Best

As Omicron spreads, some experts are calling for a switch to saliva-based tests, which may detect infections days earlier than nasal swabs do.

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U.S. Officials Defend Omicron Response at Senate Hearing

Lawmakers accused top Biden administration health officials of neglecting virus testing and mangling key messaging around the pandemic.

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What Does Living With Omicron, and the Next Covid Variants, Truly Mean?

With Covid here to stay, some public health experts say we need to adapt to a “new normal.”

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Disruption, Dismay, Dissent: Americans Grapple With Omicron

The variant is spreading fast. For some, it is causing milder illness. But its distinct qualities have left Americans making a new set of calculations.

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How Biden and Boris Johnson Reached the Same Place on Virus Policy

Two different leaders with differing approaches landed on a policy of coexisting with the virus. Analysts say they had little choice.

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Emerging Data Raise Questions About Antigen Tests and Nasal Swabs

A new study adds to evidence that common rapid tests may fail to detect some Omicron cases in the first days of infection.

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Omicron Doesn’t Infect the Lungs Very Well, Animal Studies Find

Compared with earlier variants, Omicron may cause less damage to the lungs, new animal research suggests.

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Making Sense of Covid Changes

What experts say about new C.D.C. rules and rising case numbers.

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Spurred by Omicron, Europe Sets Covid Infection Records Every Day

The surge of cases is causing chaos as people scramble to obtain tests, businesses grapple with staff shortages and New Year’s festivities are thrown into question.

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Spurred by Omicron, Europe Is Setting Coronavirus Infection Records Every Day

The surge of cases is causing chaos as people scramble to obtain tests, businesses grapple with staff shortages and New Year’s festivities are thrown into question.

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Will Shortened Isolation Periods Without Testing Spread the Virus?

Without rapid testing, some experts fear new U.S. guidelines may mean infected people leave isolation while still contagious. The C.D.C. director said masking was a better option.

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Despite Rising Hospitalizations, Omicron Is Not Worse for Children

More children are being treated for Covid, but a combination of factors, including low vaccination rates, most likely explains the increase.

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Omicron Variant May Help Beat Delta, Study Suggests

In the lab, antibodies produced during an Omicron infection protected against Delta. If Omicron dominates in the real world, that could lead to a less dire future.

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C.D.C. Study Suggests Omicron’s Incubation Period Is Just 3 Days

A case study of one infected household observed that it may take as little as three days for people to become contagious, compared with four to six days with earlier versions of the virus.

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As Omicron Spreads, Unvaccinated Americans Remain Defiant

To some who are steadfastly opposed to the shot, the evasiveness of the coronavirus has only reaffirmed their stance.

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As Omicron Spreads, the Unvaccinated in the U.S. Remain Defiant

To some who are steadfastly opposed to the shot, the evasiveness of the coronavirus has only reaffirmed their stance.

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Another Christmas of Death and Distress in America’s I.C.U.s

The toll on health care workers, many of whom are giving up their holiday to treat dangerously ill Covid patients, is severe.

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How America’s ICUs Are Dealing with Another Christmas of Death and Distress

The toll on health care workers, many of whom are giving up their holiday to treat dangerously ill Covid patients, is severe.

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C.D.C. Shortens Covid Isolation Period for Health Care Workers

The agency issued revised guidelines as Omicron cases climb, and hospitals grapple with worker shortages that have left wards understaffed.

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Israel May Give 4th Dose of Covid Shot, Despite Experts’ Doubts

Some scientists warn that too many shots might actually harm the body’s ability to fight the Covid-19 virus. But Israeli experts say there isn’t time to wait.

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What Does It Mean to Be ‘Fully Vaccinated’ Against Covid-19?

With all the uncertainty around the Omicron variant, vaccine guidelines are evolving.

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F.D.A. Clears Pfizer’s Covid Pill for High-Risk Patients 12 and Older

The first-of-its-kind treatment, Paxlovid, has been found to be highly protective against severe illness. It could be available within a few days.

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Omicron Will Surge Despite Biden’s New Plan, Scientists Say

Public health experts fear that the highly contagious variant cannot be stopped without harsh measures that the public will no longer tolerate.

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What Are the Symptoms of Omicron, the New Covid Variant?

While there are subtle differences between the latest coronavirus strain and previous ones, so far the signs of infection look pretty similar.

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Covid Is Surging. Why Do Only a Third of Americans Have Boosters?

The C.D.C. now recommends that all U.S. adults get that dose. But the response is lagging, worrying health officials.

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Doctors and Nurses Are ‘Living in a Constant Crisis’ as Covid Fills Hospitals and Omicron Looms

Hospitalizations across the country have increased 20 percent in two weeks, taxing already exhausted health care workers as the United States confronts a new variant.

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Scientists Are Racing to Gauge the Threat of Omicron

The variant will spread quickly through the United States, experts say. What happens after that is less certain.

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Several New York City Restaurants Close as Covid Cases Rise

At least a dozen businesses have temporarily shut this week in response to positive test results among their workers, and others are expected to follow.

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Pfizer’s Covid Pill Works Well, Company Confirms in Final Analysis

The treatment, called Paxlovid, is likely to work against Omicron and could be available in the United States before the end of the year.

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