The Covid-19 Pandemic

With the acute phase of the Covid-19 pandemic fading even as the coronavirus persists and evolves, a new normal is taking shape around the world.

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      The White House said that the nation needed an orderly transition out of the public health emergency, which has been in effect for all of President Biden’s time in office.
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      U.S. Plans to End Public Health Emergency for Covid in May

      The end of the emergency, planned for May 11, will bring about a complex set of policy changes and signals a new chapter in the government’s pandemic response.

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      Do Rapid Tests Still Work?

      They can result in false negatives, but they remain a valuable tool in stopping the spread of Covid-19. Here’s how to use them most effectively.

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Vaccine

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    Receiving Covid vaccines and boosters at a mobile distribution site in Salt Lake City in September.
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    Republicans are hoping to capitalize on discontent over the pandemic response and tap into the grievances of parents over school closures.
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    A booster vaccination clinic in Salt Lake City last year.
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    Administering a bivalent booster shot at the Hebrew Home in the Bronx in September.
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    A survey found that 28 percent of U.S. adults now say that parents should have the authority to make school vaccine decisions for their children. In a 2019 poll, that view was held by 16 percent of adults.
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Maps and Trackers

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Schools

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    Elementary school students returning to in-person learning in a school in California in 2021. Education deficits were equivalent to about 35 percent of a school year and remained steady, according to a new study.
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    Universal free school meal programs have drawn widespread support, with polls showing 74 percent of voters and 90 percent of parents favoring them.
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    Videos verified by The Times showed tense standoffs between workers and the police at Covid test kit factories this month.
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    Dr. Anthony Fauci is retiring from the National Institutes of Health this month.
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Travel

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    Chinese tourists, dressed in Thai traditional costumes rented from a clothing rental shop, during a visit to Bangkok in late January.
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    Marlborough is New Zealand’s most important wine region and a good start for a road trip through the country’s South Island.
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    People embracing at the international arrivals gate at Beijing International Airport on Sunday, after China opened its borders.
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    The Louvre welcomed 7.8 million visitors in 2022, leading to bottlenecks and sometime interminable waits.
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    A Covid screening site for passengers from China at Leonardo da Vinci international airport in Rome on Dec. 29.
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Economy

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    A chicken breeding farm in Missouri.
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    An empty eight-story Carvana tower in Denver. The company recently reported a quarterly loss of more than $500 million, and has laid off 4,000 employees.
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    Paws ’n’ Rec, a business started during the pandemic, offers dog day care in the Tampa, Fla., area.
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Lives We've Lost

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    Stephen Wilhite, the creator of the animation format known as GIF, received a lifetime achievement honor at the Webby Awards in 2013.
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    Sidney Miller II in an undated photo. His magazine, Black Radio Exclusive, examined the world of Black music and hosted an annual conference.
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    Hans Neuenfels in 2014. He was renowned for provocative interpretations of classic works.
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    The photographer and filmmaker James Bidgood in 2019. The pictures he took for men’s physique magazines were lavish fantasies full of references to mythology, adventurous lighting and props, and attractive men — sometimes in costume, sometimes in nothing.
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    Arnie Kantrowitz last year. He was an early advocate for gay rights and fairer depiction of gay people in the media.
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