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Coronavirus explainers

Vox's key coronavirus explainers, answering your biggest questions about the virus. To read more of Vox's coronavirus coverage, return to the hub here.

Your free pandemic health perks are on the way out

The privatization of the Covid-19 response is well underway as federal funding runs out.

The best thing you can do to quash a deadly Covid-19 surge this winter

Redesigned Covid-19 vaccines could save thousands of lives, but few are getting them.

When, why, and how to get a new Covid-19 booster shot

Answers to your questions about the updated omicron variant vaccines.

Why Covid-19 death rates remain stubbornly flat

Hundreds are still dying of Covid-19 every day. It doesn’t have to be this way.

The two big pandemic investments we still need to make

Should you get another Covid-19 vaccine booster now or wait for the new shots?

The key to universal Covid-19 vaccines lies in your bones

BA.5 doesn’t care that you just had Covid-19

Why BA.5 is cause for concern, but not alarm. Yet.

Just about everyone in America is finally eligible for a Covid-19 vaccine. Now what?

The FDA has authorized Covid-19 vaccines for babies and toddlers. Here’s what parents should know.

What the latest Covid-19 variants and subvariants mean for the pandemic

How China’s zero-Covid policy is failing Shanghai

The CDC’s new Covid-19 guidelines are facing their first test with BA.2

What immunocompromised people need to know right now

Finding the next pandemic virus before it finds us

Covid-19 safety doesn’t have to be all or nothing. Here’s how to think about it going forward.

How Hong Kong’s pandemic success story turned into a nightmare

How the next pandemic surge will be different

Covid-19 cases are exploding in Asia. Here’s what it means for the rest of the world.


Are we done with face masks?

We have the best view yet of Covid-19’s origins. What should we do about it?

You can now order more free Covid-19 rapid tests from Biden’s program

Maternity wards are shuttering across the US during the pandemic

The closures could make giving birth more dangerous in the United States.

Is the worst of the Covid-19 pandemic behind us? We asked 8 experts.


How American conservatives turned against the vaccine

We regret to inform you that we are now discussing subvariants

Why young children have waited so long for Covid-19 vaccines

The science behind the omicron wave’s sharp peak and rapid decline

Here’s how to get the most out of free tests and N95s

The extraordinary success of Covid-19 vaccines, in two charts

Could a universal Covid-19 vaccine defeat every variant?

We’ll never have a normal flu season again

This is what long-term immunity to Covid-19 might look like

Texas shows the dangers of indifference to omicron

Omicron is exploding. Here’s what to do if you’re exposed.

Rapid tests, omicron, and you

Why one of the most vaccinated places in America couldn’t avoid omicron

The shape of the omicron wave is becoming clearer

Despite omicron, Covid-19 will become endemic. Here’s how.

What makes the omicron variant so strange and surprising

How to make sense of the case and hospitalization data as omicron takes off

6 epidemiologists on how omicron is — and isn’t — changing their holiday plans

Why omicron could bring the deadliest phase in the pandemic yet