The course and evolution of the COVID-19 virus remains unpredictable. But this far into the pandemic, there are safe assumptions.

One of them is a fall-winter spike in cases. The return of cold weather, the resumption of schools and holiday gatherings are contributing to crowded indoor conditions that are fueling viral spread. A look back at the number of cases since the start of the pandemic in 2020 confirms this, with hospitalizations and deaths increasing during this period.

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