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With winter at hand, the virus whips up winds of uncertainty

Miguel Reider walks near a traffic jam caused by vehicles stuck on a hill during a snowstorm, Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2020, in Towson, Md. Reider and friend Tim Winter, who live down the street, walked up to help push motorists up the incline. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
Miguel Reider walks near a traffic jam caused by vehicles stuck on a hill during a snowstorm, Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2020, in Towson, Md. Reider and friend Tim Winter, who live down the street, walked up to help push motorists up the incline. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez) (Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

Winter is here, and the season at hand is one of uncertainty and fear with coronavirus cases spiking nationwide. Shouldn’t the pandemic be over by now?

Before the average person will get inoculated, winter will exact its toll.

The holidays threaten further spread of the virus. Experts recommend fighting the tendency to isolate for those with seasonal affective disorder, but that’s not easy to do in a pandemic.

Even with an end in sight, Americans have an arduous trail to break before reaching it. It was winter when the pandemic began, and it will be winter long before it’s over.