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Why Covid-19 is always one step ahead of the US response

Free tests and free masks are finally here — after some public health experts have been calling for them since omicron was first detected around Thanksgiving or even earlier. But the tests and masks might not arrive in Americans’ hands until the end of the month.
 

The Baltimore Sun

Here’s how at-home COVID-19 tests could be impacting Maryland’s data

In the coming weeks, millions of Americans will receive a set of at-home COVID-19 tests by mail, after a federal government order form launched Tuesday. The tests, while extremely useful, are part of the reason why coronavirus case tallies only represent a fraction of the virus’s true toll, experts say.
 

The New York Times

The C.D.C. and F.D.A. Can Work Better Together

At this difficult moment of the pandemic, a great deal of distress is the result of a basic disconnect. Even as Americans hear frightening news about record numbers of infections and hospitalizations, there is growing confusion about testing, booster doses and medications — the very tools we use to protect ourselves from Covid-19. [Opinion]

Voice of America

How Will the Pandemic End?

Pandemics do end, even if Omicron is making it difficult to know when. But when it does, it will not completely go away. The world will have to learn to live with this virus. Luckily, there are some defenses now.
 

ABC News

Debunking the idea viruses always evolve to become less virulent

As evidence mounts that the omicron variant is less deadly than prior COVID-19 strains, one oft-cited explanation is that viruses always evolve to become less virulent over time. The problem, experts say, is that this theory has been soundly debunked.