University of Nebraska Medical Center

Covid Is Back. Here’s What You Need to Know


While the Covid-19 public health emergency may feel like a distant memory, the virus isn’t done with us. Hospitalizations have climbed back up and experts predict Covid cases will rise further as the weather turns colder.

But it’s not totally clear how we should prepare. When the darkest days of the pandemic passed, so did the near-constant briefings about when to stay home, how to get tested and which variants and vaccines are circulating.

The good news is the virus isn’t as lethal as it was three years ago. And we’re no longer facing the types of dire equipment shortages we once were, said David Wohl, a professor in the infectious diseases department at University of North Carolina School of Medicine. There’s some level of community immunity, he said.

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