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Orange County may get to yellow tier soon

Spectrum News 1 (City News Service), May 4, 2021

May 4, 2021

Orange County may get to yellow tier soon

“That’s amazing,” Andrew Noymer, a UC Irvine [associate] professor of population health and disease prevention, told CNS of the hospitalization number on Monday. … “There’s nothing epidemiologically different between 95 and 105, but lower is better and there is a psychology to all of this. Even to an epidemiologist we’re still susceptible to the psychology of it all, so I’m pleased.” … Noymer said it was too early to say whether vaccine reticence will have an impact on reaching herd immunity. … “Herd immunity doesn’t mean extinction of COVID-19,” he said.