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The explosive increase in U.S. coronavirus case counts is raising alarm, but some experts believe the focus should instead be on COVID-19 hospital admissions, which aren’t climbing as fast.

Local public schools are keeping their fingers crossed with the start of classes Tuesday amid another community surge of COVID-19 cases — a scenario eerily similar to last August when districts fully resumed in-person classes just as the delta variant arrived.

An unsung arm of the immune system appears to protect against severe disease with the omicron variant even when antibodies wane, helping to explain why a record wave of infections hasn't engulfed hospitals so far.

LOS ANGELES — A highly influential COVID-19 forecast is projecting that the omicron surge may result in as many as 400,000 new coronavirus cases a day across the nation — significantly higher than last winter’s record of 250,000 cases a day.

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The coronavirus mutates as it spreads and many new variants, including those with worrying genetic changes, often just die out. Scientists mon…

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