As the country heads for its third autumn and winter with Covid-19, the forecasts are not auspicious. Given how transmissible the SARS-CoV-2 virus is, models anticipate more than 100,000 additional deaths by the time next summer rolls around.
The toll will depend on whether new variants emerge and how humans behave. Will many Americans, for example, decide to get the new, Omicron-tailored booster that could be available as soon as this weekend? Will we continue to see a shapeshifting of the Omicron variant, or will something entirely different appear that’s not as good a target for the vaccines?