Learn to live alongside Covid-19. But good luck finding a test.

Amid this winter surge of Covid-19 cases across the country, CNN is reporting on an important pivot at the White House and among some public health officials -- how to live with the virus instead of how to beat it. That shift is occurring as many Americans struggle to find easy and affordable testing and as pictures of hours-long testing lines emerged over the weekend.
Testing is ever more important. The Omicron variant may infect vaccinated people more easily than previous versions of the coronavirus, although the risk of severe illness seems to be low in vaccinated people. The omicron variant causes over 73% of new coronavirus cases in the US, according to estimates posted Monday by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That's a huge -- and fast -- increase. The week ending December 11, omicron was estimated at 12.6% of circulating virus, versus 87% for the Delta variant. Before that it was 3%.
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