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So … What Is COVID Now?

The race between variants and vaccination rates is heating up.

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The delta variant is now the most-prevalent strain of COVID-19, causing a handful of so-called breakthrough infections in fully vaccinated people. Unvaccinated people account for 97 percent of new coronavirus hospitalizations. How worried should you be about infections as the delta variant continues to dominate? And is it time to mask up again?

Guest: Susan Matthews, Slate’s news director.

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Podcast production by Mary Wilson, Davis Land, Danielle Hewitt, Elena Schwartz and Carmel Delshad.

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The problem with the news right now? It’s everywhere. And each day, it can feel like we’re all just mindlessly scrolling. It’s why we created What Next. This short daily show is here to help you make sense of things. When the news feels overwhelming, we’re here to help you answer: What next? Look for new episodes every weekday morning.

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  • Mary Harris is the host and managing editor of What Next, Slate's new daily news podcast. She has reported throughout the public radio system, for NPR, Marketplace, and WNYC.

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