COVID Briefing

COVID Briefing – December 30,2022

from  the New York Times

An informed guide to the pandemic, with the latest developments and expert advice about prevention and treatment.

The year ahead
As we prepare to enter the third year of the pandemic, we have been hoping for more normality and less Covid disruption by now. Case counts are soaring to all-time highs in some parts of the world, and 2022 is shaping up to be just as uncertain as the last 12 months.
That said, we’ve made huge strides against the coronavirus this year. There are now multiple vaccines that offer powerful protection against the worst effects of Covid, as well as remarkably effective treatments for those who become infected.
Next year will bring more advancements, too, and I’ll be here to keep you updated on the science, and to gather the information and advice you need to live your best life during the pandemic.
Today, in the last Coronavirus newsletter of the year, I’m taking a look ahead. I spoke to Times reporters about some of the big pandemic issues they’ll be tracking in 2022. Here’s what they said.
Living with the virus. This week, Dr. Anthony Fauci was asked whether we had to start to live with the virus and accept some risk of mild infections. His answer was essentially yes.
“We’re never going to stop counting tests,” he said. But we’re going to have to adjust to some controlled spread of the virus, being more sensitive to economic and societal concerns, he said.
My colleague Noah Weiland, a health reporter at The Times, told me that we’d heard comments like this from top officials before, but this time he said it felt particularly notable amid the spread of the Omicron variant. So many people are getting sick, he said, and those who have not may have even resigned themselves to the possibility of an infection sometime in the coming weeks and months.

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