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The United States is logging record-setting numbers of coronavirus cases in the final week of 2021. The country is now averaging more than 300,000 new cases per day as it prepares to enter a third calendar year spent battling the pandemic.
We still don’t totally know how this Omicron-fueled surge will end—or where this iteration of the virus will lead us in the new year. But we can, at least, take solace knowing that we enter 2022 armed with a lot more knowledge about this virus than at the start of 2021.
What to read if … you or a loved one test positive for a breakthrough COVID infection:
The science writer and editor Yasmin Tayag explains what to do next.
What to read if … you’re looking for fresh entertainment to close out the year:
Today’s Atlantic-approved activity:
Dune is “magnificent, luxuriating in the details of royal families conducting intergalactic intrigue and warring on a mystical desert planet,” our culture writer David Sims explains.
A break from the news: