New CDC Guidance On COVID Risk, Outbreaks In China, Hong Kong : Consider This from NPR In the U.S., with key COVID metrics trending rapidly downward, the pandemic's third spring is already looking very different. But concerns remain about future variants as China and Hong Kong battle new outbreaks.

NPR's Tovia Smith reports on workers heading back to the office — where employers are figuring out how to give them new flexibility.

NPR's Will Stone reports on a recent change to the way the CDC talks about COVID risk. More on that story here.

NPR's Allison Aubrey has more on the battle over new COVID spending in Congress.

In participating regions, you'll also hear a local news segment to help you make sense of what's going on in your community.

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A Third Pandemic Spring: How This One Will Be Different

A Third Pandemic Spring: How This One Will Be Different

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Children play jump-rope on the street off 5th Avenue in New York City on March 7, 2022. New York City has dropped several Covid-19 safety protocols, including a mask mandate in public schools and vaccination requirements for businesses. Timothy A. Clary/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Children play jump-rope on the street off 5th Avenue in New York City on March 7, 2022. New York City has dropped several Covid-19 safety protocols, including a mask mandate in public schools and vaccination requirements for businesses.

Timothy A. Clary/AFP via Getty Images

In the U.S., with key COVID metrics trending rapidly downward, the pandemic's third spring is already looking very different. But concerns remain about future variants as China and Hong Kong battle new outbreaks.

NPR's Tovia Smith reports on workers heading back to the office — where employers are figuring out how to give them new flexibility.

NPR's Will Stone reports on a recent change to the way the CDC talks about COVID risk. More on that story here.

NPR's Allison Aubrey has more on the battle over new COVID spending in Congress.

In participating regions, you'll also hear a local news segment to help you make sense of what's going on in your community.

Email us at considerthis@npr.org.

This episode was produced by Vincent Avocino and Brent Baughman. It was edited by Fatma Tanis, Patrick Jarenwattananon, and Scott Hensley. Our executive producer is Cara Tallo.