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Katherine J. Wu

Staff Writer, The Atlantic

Katherine J. Wu is a staff writer at The Atlantic, where she covers science.
Katherine J. Wu is a staff writer at The Atlantic, where she covers science.
Management

CDC Director: ‘Walk, Don’t Run’ to Get Your Booster

While some Pfizer recipients can now get an extra shot, federal officials are still mum on what’s next for the at-risk individuals who got Moderna or J&J.

Management

Sorry, a Coronavirus Infection Might Not Be Enough to Protect You

Anyone who’d rather have COVID-19 than get vaccinated is taking two gambles: that immunity will stick around, and that symptoms won’t.

Management

We’re Asking the Impossible of Vaccines

Complete protection against infection has long been hailed as the holy grail of vaccination. It might simply be unachievable.

Management

The Wrong Way to Test Yourself for the Coronavirus

Rapid tests can help you stay safe in the Delta outbreak. But you have to use them correctly.

Management

Delta Is Bad News for Kids

More children are falling ill because more are being infected.

Oversight

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.

Management

Post-Vaccination Infections Come in 2 Different Flavors

Lumping all breakthroughs together, regardless of symptoms, miscasts what our COVID-19 vaccines can do.

Management

Why No One Is Sure If Delta Is Deadlier

The variants are spreading faster, but they don’t necessarily have incentive to kill more often.

Management

The Only Way We’ll Know When We Need COVID-19 Boosters

Research can tell us only so much. The rest is a waiting game.

Tech

Coronavirus Variants Have Nowhere to Hide

Our tests will need frequent touch-ups to make sure that no mutations get past them.

Management

COVID-19 Vaccine Makers Are Looking Beyond the Spike Protein

It’s time for more weapons in the shots-versus-virus arms race.

Oversight

J&J’s Reputation Needs a Booster Shot

The reputation of all COVID-19 vaccines hinges on improving perceptions of the Johnson and Johnson shot.