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Neighborhoods are separated by barriers as part of lockdown measures in Shanghai to prevent the spread of the highly transmissible omicron variant. Hector Retamal/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Voices from Shanghai: The trials of living through a massive COVID lockdown

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COVID-19 rapid tests are distributed in Brooklyn in late December. Self-tests are in short supply in many parts of the country. Bryan R. Smith/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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People wait in line for a coronavirus test in Los Angeles on Tuesday. California is starting to feel the full wrath of the omicron variant. Hospitalizations have jumped nearly 50% since Christmas and models show that in a month, the state could have 22,000 people in hospitals, which was the peak during last winter's epic surge. Jae C. Hong/AP hide caption

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Taxis park along the footpath in Adelaide, Australia. Alva Noe asks: Do taxi apps make people interact less — or better — with their drivers? sasimoto/Getty Images/iStockphoto hide caption

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In the Secure Housing Unit (SHU) of Pelican Bay State Prison, inmates spend 23 hours a day alone in their cells. Mark Boster/LA Times via Getty Images hide caption

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Inside The Hole: What Happens To The Mind In Isolation?

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A private security guard patrols the apartment building in Dallas where Ebola patient Thomas Duncan stayed. The family that hosted him is quarantined. Tom Pennington/Getty Images hide caption

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The two American Ebola patients are being cared for separately in rooms like this in the special isolation unit, known officially as the Serious Communicable Disease Unit, at Emory University Hospital. Emory University Hospital hide caption

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