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This year’s COVID surge may just be starting. Here are four ways to protect yourself.

While some on the front lines say they are seeing more COVID infections now than at this time last year, most say hospitalizations have still not reached last year’s levels.


Coronavirus levels rising in R.I. wastewater

“It’s telling us that COVID has not left us,” Dr. Pablo Rodriguez said. “It’s still with us, and the new variants are definitely creating a spike in new infections.”

Evidence mounts that future vaccines should be inhaled

Growing evidence suggests that vaccines delivered by nasal spray or inhaler would block infections.

Some hospitals resume mask requirements as respiratory infections rise

Dana-Farber, UMass and Beth Israel are among the hospitals that have resumed masking requirements.

What is the JN.1 COVID-19 variant?

A new, highly contagious strain of COVID-19 has arrived, just in time for the holidays. Here's what you need to know.

With new COVID variant on horizon, low vaccination rates and stark disparities could make for a ‘miserable winter’

The updated COVID shots are a good match for the latest variant, JN.1., but relatively few people have bothered to get them.

US expands free, at-home testing and treatment for COVID and flu

As COVID and influenza cases rise, more qualify for free testing, telehealth visits and treatment.

COVID rules have changed. Here’s what an expert recommends if you test positive.

COVID cases are on the rise again, but treating the virus looks different this year than it has in years past.