On Monday, a federal judge lifted the mask mandate for air travel. This comes as the country faced a 47% jump in COVID-19 cases in the past two weeks. At the same time, hospitalizations are plateauing nationally, and deaths are dropping from their winter omicron peak. There are also vaccines and therapeutics that greatly reduce the risk of dying from COVID-19. The elderly and immunocompromised are still vulnerable to developing severe disease. Read the full article here.