California won’t conquer the coronavirus, and fully reopen, until it can protect essential workers

If officials have been able to figure out how to reduce the spread there through widespread adoption of masks and improved infection control procedures, they can probably protect low-income essential workers, experts said. “If you can cut this in a hospital or a nursing home, almost certainly you can handle it somewhere else. That’s a no brainer,” said Dr. Shruti Gohil, associate medical director of epidemiology and infection prevention at UC Irvine.