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Katherine J. Wu

Katherine J. Wu is a staff writer at The Atlantic, where she covers science.
Health & Human Services

The Coronavirus Could Get Worse

Delta is far from the last variant. But what shape the virus takes next depends on us.

Public Safety

Masks Are Back, Maybe for the Long Term

Some people can’t help but feel that masking while vaccinated is a regression—especially because this time, there’s no obvious off-ramp.

Health & Human Services

4 Reasons I’m Wearing a Mask Again

Our vaccines are extraordinary, but right now they need all the help they can get.

Health & Human Services

Don't be Surprised When Vaccinated People Get Infected

Post-immunization cases, sometimes called "breakthroughs," are very rare and very expected.

Health & Human Services

Massachusetts Actually Might Have a Way to Keep Schools Open

An ambitious pilot program could finally pave the way to in-person learning—at least for those who can afford it.