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Orange County continues with encouraging COVID-19 statistics

Spectrum News 1 (City News Service), May 13, 2021

May 13, 2021

Orange County continues with encouraging COVID-19 statistics

Andrew Noymer, a UC Irvine [associate] professor of population health and disease prevention, said it was a good idea to relax the mask mandates. “I think what the CDC announced makes sense,” Noymer said. “In a Platonic, ideal world, we would all keep masking because at the margins, some vaccinated people, not everyone, can get it, etcetera, but Americans aren’t going to mask continuously for 36 months. You can forget about it. It’s just not going to happen. We need to give ourselves the summer off with masking because we may need to do it again in the fall. I think that’s just the reality.”