The two-year trial by coronavirus plunges on, continuing to test resolve in the new year, challenging beliefs and taxing the concept of “experts” in a world influenced by a nonstop gush of digital information.

Ask local residents how they feel about the potential for progress against a still-surging COVID-19 in 2022, and you’ll hear a sense of unity in their weariness over the pandemic — but a diversity of notions beyond that. They seem to believe the state and nation aren’t ready to march in step against this disease.

Not all of the insights gained from the coronavirus have been negative. Hospital administrators say they find inspiration from their workers. And some Americans say the pandemic has prompted a reassessment of their lives, a resolve to do better and a willingness to admit to emotional weakness.