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Get public health guidance and answers to your covid questions in the Checkup With Dr. Wen newsletter

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Exciting news — I’m launching a weekly newsletter! Though it’s not exactly the newsletter I’d hoped to be writing.

Back in May, I was optimistic that the United States could get to a best-case scenario where we’d reach a high enough level of vaccination that we could hold covid-19 at bay. At the very least, I thought we’d have a quiet — almost normal — summer. Americans could resume much of their pre-pandemic lives, and those of us in public health could focus on other pressing health issues that the pandemic has sidelined, such as the rising toll of opioid overdose deaths and the neglected epidemic of obesity.

But of course, the coronavirus pandemic is far from over. New daily infections in the United States have skyrocketed more than 1,000 percent since the beginning of July. Hospitals are filling up again, this time with........

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