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A face mask is seen on a floor as health ministry staff collect samples for coronavirus testing from residents at an urban area in Bandar Utama, outskirt of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020.

How often can you be infected with the coronavirus?

A virus that shows no signs of disappearing, variants that are adept at dodging the body’s defenses and waves of infections two, maybe three times a year — this may be the future of COVID-19, some scientists now fear.

Commuters wearing masks last month in Boston. With cases and hospitalizations on the rise, Boston health officials are recommending that people wear masks on public transportation again.

With COVID-19 cases on the rise, Boston health officials urge residents to take precautions

Citing rising COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations, Boston health officials on Thursday urged residents to take precautions to stave off the coronavirus, including getting tested, wearing masks, and getting vaccinated and boosted.

Free rapid at-home COVID-19 tests have been authorized by the Food and Drug Administration and made available on the federal website covidtests.gov (or call 800-232-0233).

The government’s giving away more rapid, at-home COVID-19 tests. Here’s what you need to know.

Here’s what you need to know about the tests, which have already been requested by nearly 8 1/2 million US households.

A passenger on an MBTA train in Boston in April. Masks are no longer mandatory.

Health experts call for stricter COVID measures in Massachusetts as cases and hospitalizations rise

A coalition of public health leaders, infectious disease doctors, and community organizers called on the Baker administration to reinstitute mask mandates in public schools and on transportation.

White House COVID-19 Response Coordinator Dr. Ashish Jha spoke during the daily briefing at the White House last month.

A third of US should be considering masks amid rise in COVID cases, officials say

COVID-19 cases are increasing in the United States – and could get even worse over the coming months, federal health officials warned Wednesday in urging areas hardest hit to consider reissuing calls for indoor masking.

Liza Fischer, who suffers from long COVID, works out with resistance bands with exercise physiologist Eugene Bramble during a therapy session in March.

Over 75 percent of long COVID patients weren’t hospitalized for initial illness

The results of a large new study paint a sobering picture of long COVID’s serious and ongoing impact on people’s health and the US health care system.

Map: A county-by-county look at COVID-19 transmission in the United States

As the Northeast and other parts of the country grapple with a highly transmissible offshoot of the Omicron variant, community transmission levels are once again rising, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Charts: COVID-19 has killed 1 million people in the US. See how the virus has affected each state.

Explore the data to see the deadly toll COVID-19 has taken on the US since the virus first emerged.