In Rural America, Covid Hits Black and Hispanic People Hardest

At the peak of the Omicron wave, Covid killed Black Americans in rural areas at a rate roughly 34 percent higher than it did white people.

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Omicron BA.5 Surge: 5 Ways to Stay Safe

The BA.5 surge is a reminder that we need to take precautions to avoid illness, slow the relentless cycle of new variants and minimize the disruption to our daily lives.

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Combined Covid Swabs Would Better Detect Omicron, 2 Papers Suggest

The papers, which have not yet been published in scientific journals, suggest that testing just a single type of sample is likely to miss a large share of infections.

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Setting the Record Straight on Covid Variants and Reinfections

There has yet to be a variant the negates the benefits of vaccines.

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Why Biden’s Second Booster Wasn’t Enough to Prevent Infection

The Omicron variant is evolving in ways that make it better able to evade the body’s immune defenses. But booster shots still help prevent severe illness.

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Deep in a Covid Wave, Europe Counts Cases and Carries On

Even in countries that once took strict measures, the authorities are relying on vaccination and past infections to take the sting out of Omicron subvariants.

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Endemic Covid-19 Looks Pretty Brutal

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

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Covid Rises Across U.S. Amid Muted Warnings and Murky Data

BA.5, a highly transmissible variant, is dominating a surge of new infections. Many health officials say the wave is cause for caution, not alarm.

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Is Coronavirus Reinfection More Common With BA.4 and BA.5 Variants?

The subvariants of Omicron are adept at evading immune protection.

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New Yorkers Drop Their Covid Vigilance as a BA.5 Wave Hits

Once among the most vigilant, New Yorkers respond to a highly transmissible new wave of Covid cases with the most New York of attitudes.

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China’s Economy Stumbles in the Fog of Covid War

Even if the country avoids new lockdowns of big cities, question marks over the pandemic and policy direction are dogging efforts to revive growth.

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What Are the Symptoms of Omicron Subvariants BA.4 and BA.5?

BA.5 has become dominant in the U.S.

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Updated Covid Shots Are Coming. Will They Be Too Late?

The government has greenlit new vaccines to defend against the latest Omicron variants. But the shots won’t arrive until the fall, and cases are rising now.

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Here are 4 takeaways from the C.D.C. approving vaccines for children under 5.

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U.S. Coronavirus Cases Are Leveling Off, Following Spring Surge

The national outlook is improving, but as new Omicron subvariants spread fast, a few places are turning to mask orders again.

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Science Can Make Covid Immunity Even Stronger

How to make Covid immunity even more durable.

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You Can Get Covid Again. Here’s What to Know About Reinfection.

Some reinfection questions, answered.

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Revised Moderna Vaccine Works Better Against Omicron, Trial Suggests

The findings indicate that the updated vaccine produced a significantly stronger immune response against Omicron, but it is unclear how it will fare against future versions of the virus.

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More Omicron Versions Gain Ground U.S., According to C.D.C. Estimates

The spread of the subvariants adds more uncertainty to the trajectory of the pandemic in the United States.

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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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Can I Stop Isolating If I’m Still Testing Positive for the Virus?

Some people may test positive for the coronavirus for 10 days or longer, but interpreting those results remains difficult, experts said.

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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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Vaccinating Our Youngest Kids Shouldn’t Take This Long

The formula shortage came on the heels of this seemingly endless wait.

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Testing Requirements for Travel to the U.S.? Here’s What to Know

The requirement to test for Covid before flying to the United States is hated by many travelers and the U.S. travel industry. But the government shows no sign of getting rid of it.

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As Covid Threat Grows, Officials Say Americans Should Consider Masks

The director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention urged local leaders and individuals to at least consider returning to wearing masks in indoor public settings.

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Since You’re Already Getting a Flu Shot, Why Not One for Covid, Too?

Scientists and federal health officials are debating plans to pair coronavirus and flu vaccinations in the fall.

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Japan’s Economy Shrank 1 Percent as Consumers Fled Covid

The world’s third-largest economy lost momentum in the first three months of the year after the Omicron variant suppressed demand at home.

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How Often Can You Be Infected With the Coronavirus?

The spread of the Omicron variant has given scientists an unsettling answer: repeatedly, sometimes within months.

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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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New Zealand’s Jacinda Ardern Tests Positive for Coronavirus

The prime minister’s rules kept transmission at bay for two years, and by the time the highly infectious Omicron variant hit, the vast majority of New Zealand’s population had been vaccinated.

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Why a Covid Vaccine Mandate for N.Y.C. Schoolchildren Is Unlikely Soon

Officials and some pediatricians worry the backlash against a mandate could keep children out of school.

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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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New York City Enters Higher Coronavirus Risk Level as Case Numbers Rise

The city moved into the medium risk level, known as yellow, as it sees a troubling increase in cases and the mayor weighs bringing back some restrictions.

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South Africa’s latest surge is a possible preview of the pandemic’s next chapter.

The spread of two newly discovered subvariants has doctors watching closely.

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Inside China’s Zero-Covid Fortress, Xi Admits No Doubts

As the lockdown of Shanghai and outbreaks in Beijing and elsewhere batter the economy, China’s leader keeps a distance from the politically charged issue.

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How to Get Covid Treatments in New York City

Both antiviral treatments and monoclonal antibodies that treat Covid-19 are available across the city, but some public health experts worry that too few people know how to get them.

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Did Faulty Assumptions Dash Parents’ Hope for an Under-5 Vaccine?

The under-5 Covid vaccine should be approved.

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The Coronavirus Has Infected More Than Half of Americans, the C.D.C. Reports

But prior infection does not guarantee protection from the virus, officials said, and Americans should still get vaccinated and boosted.

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Amid Virus Chaos, Shanghai Residents Band Together

As the authorities in China’s biggest city fight to stamp out an Omicron outbreak, neighbors are turning to one another for support.

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China’s Covid Lockdowns Stir Memories of a Planned Economy

China is meddling with free enterprise as it hasn’t in decades. The results are familiar to those old enough to remember: scarcity, and the rise of black markets.

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Which U.S. Airlines Dropped Their Mask Mandate

After a federal mandate was struck down, the major carriers said masks would be optional on their domestic flights.

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China and Russia Are Giving Authoritarianism a Bad Name

Moscow overreached on Ukraine and Beijing on Covid, and now they’re paying for their hubris.

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Philadelphia Mask Mandate Back in Effect as Coronavirus Cases Rise

A sharp increase in new infections triggered the return of indoor mask rules a little more than a month after they were lifted.

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Pfizer Says Booster Strengthens Immune Response for Children 5 to 11

Pfizer and BioNTech will soon ask the Food and Drug Administration for emergency authorization of Covid booster doses for that age group, the companies said.

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Are There Better Ways to Track Covid Cases?

An increasing reliance on at-home testing and the closings of mass testing sites are making official case counts less reliable, scientists say.

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China’s Widespread Lockdowns Will Bring an Economic Toll

The country’s zero-tolerance policy for coronavirus cases has analysts downgrading China economic growth forecasts.

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Covid in the Northeast

Cases are rising there, but it’s uncertain if it’s the beginning of a larger surge.

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City of Philadelphia Will Reinstate an Indoor Mask Mandate

The move comes a little more than a month after the city lifted it.

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The Unbelievable Stupidity of Ending Global Covid Aid

Republican intransigence could help incubate a new variant.

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Having Covid Can Be Confusing. Here’s What to Expect

Having Covid can be a wildly confusing experience. But you can still make a plan to get through the course of illness.

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