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Opinion Is the pandemic really over? Yes and no.

Dr. Anthony S. Fauci says the U.S. is out of the pandemic phase, but the virus has not vanished. He says after a chaotic and difficult pandemic response, the nation might be more immune than ever before. The virus will not disappear but may cease to cause massive sickness, overburdened hospitals and runaway deaths, he says. Those who remain unvaccinated or unboosted at this point must not be sanguine — they are vulnerable, he writes. Hot spots of virus continue to emerge, and the public should wear face masks in crowded, enclosed conditions, says John S. Sutter.