- Health: “A manageable threat:” Some experts now say U.S. unlikely to reach herd immunity.
- Vaccines: Pfizer to offer smaller shipments — There’s not just one kind of vaccine hesitancy. — FDA expected to authorize Pfizer for adolescents by next week.
- Economy: U.S. households have increased their exposure to stocks to the highest level on record — The U.S. may have added more than 2 million jobs in April — A surge in youth unemployment.
- World: More global COVID-19 cases reported in last 2 weeks than in first 6 months of pandemic, WHO says — Over 1 billion adults said in 2020 they wouldn’t agree to be vaccinated.
- Local: NYC to resume 24-hour subway service — Maryland offers $100 to state employees who get COVID vaccinations — White House to redirect unordered vaccines to states where demand is higher.
- Variant tracker: Where different strains are spreading.
- Global: Total confirmed cases as of 2 p.m. ET on Tuesday: 153,738,123 — Total deaths: 3,217,106 — Total recoveries: 90,456,070 (no longer includes U.S. recoveries as of Dec. 15) — Map
- U.S.: Total confirmed cases as of 2 p.m. ET on Tuesday: 32,484,777 — Total deaths: 577,769 — Total tests: 437,469,331 — Map
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- Masks, lending books and self-isolating
- Exercise, laundry, what counts as soap
- Pets, moving and personal health
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Editor’s note: Johns Hopkins University stopped reporting U.S. COVID-19 recoveries on its dashboard on Dec. 15, citing a Coronavirus Tracking Project post that explained the national data is incomplete since several states do not keep records of recovered patients.
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