The Summer of Delta

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This summer was supposed to be, in the words of President Biden, the “summer of freedom” from the coronavirus. What we saw instead was the summer of the Delta variant.

Earlier this year, there were about 10,000 to 15,000 Covid cases a day in the United States — the daily case rate is now 10 times as many. Hospitalization rates are also on the rise, with numbers still going up in 44 states.

The surge driven by Delta has underlined that we are far from being done with the pandemic.

On today’s episode

Apoorva Mandavilli, a science and global health reporter for The New York Times.

Background reading

The Delta variant retreated unexpectedly in Britain and India but has begun to rebound. The United States may take an even bumpier path, according to scientists.

Here’s what we know about booster shots — why Americans may need them and when they should get them.

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Apoorva Mandavilli contributed reporting.

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