Katherine Wu

staff writer at the Atlanic who covers science

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“Flu is very wily. It shapeshifts a lot faster than the coronavirus we’re dealing with. There are so many strains bopping around all the time.

Got your flu shot? US didn’t have much of a flu season in 2020, but this year could be different

“Flu is very wily. It shapeshifts a lot faster than the coronavirus we’re dealing with. There are so many strains bopping around all the time.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

Breakthrough COVID-19 infections — when fully inoculated people get the virus — were expected following the rollout of vaccines.

As COVID breakthrough infections rise, should vaccinated people worry?

Breakthrough COVID-19 infections — when fully inoculated people get the virus — were expected following the rollout of vaccines.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

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