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What's going on with Covid right now?

By Dana G. Smith

24 Apr 2023 · 4 min read

Editor's Note

Currently, the risk of contracting Covid-19 is low, and we are beginning to return to "something closer to normal." However, experts are still urging people to take precautions, the NYT reports.

Deaths from COVID-19 in the United States are the lowest they’ve been since March 2020, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s data tracker. Case rates have similarly plummeted, though infections have become harder to track because of the widespread availability of at-home rapid tests; many of the monitoring systems that were set up at the beginning of the pandemic have also been wound down.

Is this finally the beginning of the end of the pandemic, or just another spring ebb before a new variant initiates a summer wave? (For the past two years, numbers have fallen between March and June, before rising in July.) The New York Times spoke with public health researchers and infectious disease experts to gauge how they’re thinking about this particular juncture in the pandemic — what the risk is right now, what precautions they’re continuing to take, who is still getting severely ill and dying, and what the future may bring.

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