Emily Anthes © 2021 The New York Times Company

Emily Anthes © 2021 The New York Times Company

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Omicron is a dress rehearsal for the next pandemic

The same sequence unfolded nearly two years ago when the novel coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2, was first discovered. In those early weeks of 2020, the United States proved to be woefully unprepared for…

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When can the COVID-19 masks finally come off?

US officials were slow to embrace face masks as a strategy for slowing the spread of the coronavirus. When they finally did, masks became a potent symbol of the pandemic

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How to map a fly brain in 20 million easy steps

Flies are capable of sophisticated behaviors. And their specksize brains are tremendously complex, containing about 100,000 neurons and tens of millions of connections, or synapses, between them…

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What the future holds for the coronavirus and us

The coronavirus is evolving. To date, more than 237 million people have been infected with the virus, and 4.8 million have died. Let's see what's in store for us in future    

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The hot new back-to-school accessory? An air quality monitor.

The device gave her a quick way to assess how much fresh air was flowing through the school. Low levels of CO2 would indicate that it was well ventilated, reducing her son’s odds of catching the…

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Dorm rooms study shows how ventilation curbs virus levels

The data confirmed that there was a clear link between the amount of virus that students were carrying and the environmental viral load. As the amount of virus in students’ noses and mouths…

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A Covid test as easy as breathing

The SpiroNose, made by the Dutch company Breathomix, is just one of many breath-based COVID-19 tests under development across the world

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COVID-19's Lambda variant: Worth watching, but no cause for alarm

Lambda’s prevalence and its mutations, which resemble those found in several other highly contagious or worrisome variants, mean that it is worth watching, scientists said

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Why testing still matters

Across the nation, attention has largely shifted from testing to vaccination

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