What does 2022 have in store for the pandemic?


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The United States has a record number of coronavirus cases in the last week of 2021. The country is now on average over 300,000 new cases per day as he prepares to enter a third calendar year dedicated to fighting the pandemic.

We’re still not entirely sure how this Omicron-fueled push will end – or where this iteration of the virus will take us in the New Year. But we can at least take comfort in knowing that we are entering 2022 armed with much more knowledge about this virus than in early 2021.

An image of a circle with virus particles.

What to read if … you or a loved one tests positive for a breakthrough COVID infection:

Science writer and editor Yasmin Tayag explains what to do next.

What to read if … you are looking for new entertainment to end the year:

Our cultural team has put together the best books, the best TV and the best movies of 2021. Happy reading and good viewing.

today Atlantic-approved activity:

Dune is “magnificent, reveling in the details of royal families waging intergalactic intrigues and wars on a mystical desert planet,” says our cultural writer David Sims.

A break in the news:

Here is the spectacular evolutionary story of the body’s most embarrassing organ.

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