America's COVID apathy stress test

A third of Americans say the pandemic is over, and the spike in cases hasn’t prompted much noticeable policy or behavioral change. But vaccines and therapeutics are now widely available, making the virus much less dangerous — at least for people who have access to and choose to use them.

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Driving the news: Biden administration officials yesterday said that a third of Americans live in areas where the risk of COVID infection is high enough that they should consider wearing a mask indoors, the NYT reports.

But there’s no sign that mask mandates are coming back, even in the bluest parts of the country.

New York City Mayor Eric Adams said yesterday that, although the city is considered to be in the high alert level, he’s not bringing back mask mandates now.

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