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Justin Fox

We Now Return to Our Regularly Scheduled Pandemic

The third Covid wave in the U.S. is already big. Whether it overwhelms us may depend on how we behave.

An attendant talks to a person waiting in their car at a coronavirus testing site at Ascarate Park on October 31, 2020, in El Paso, Texas.

An attendant talks to a person waiting in their car at a coronavirus testing site at Ascarate Park on October 31, 2020, in El Paso, Texas.

Photographer: Cengiz Yar/Getty Images North America

When White House coronavirus coordinator Deborah Birx went to Bismarck, North Dakota, late last month, she wasn’t thrilled with what she saw. 

“Over the last 24 hours, as we were here and we were in your grocery stores and in your restaurants and frankly even in your hotels, this is the least use of masks that we have seen in retail establishments of any place we have been,” she told reporters. “And we find that deeply unfortunate because you don’t know who’s infected and you don’t know if you’re infected yourself.”