How do we cope with a pandemic two years in?

Boxes of rapid covid test
Boxes of BinaxNOW rapid antigen self-tests for COVID-19. These tests, along with other rapid at-home tests, have been selling quickly at pharmacies and stores.
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COVID-19 cases are once again surging in Minnesota after the holiday season with the spread of the highly contagious omicron variant. Two years into the pandemic, the new variant has raised questions about how and when the pandemic will end. 

MPR News host Angela Davis talks about how to cope with a pandemic that keeps stretching on. She spoke with an infectious disease expert, a child psychologist and a psychologist who studies the way uncertainty affects our minds. 


  • Kate Sweeny is a professor of psychology at the University of California, Riverside. She specializes in how uncertainty affects our minds and mental health.  

  • Sarah Jerstad is a child psychologist at Children's Minnesota

  • Dr. Jack O’Horo is an infectious disease expert at the Mayo Clinic 

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