As vaccinations go down, concerns about a winter COVID-19 uptick rise

“This lenient period we’re in right now is a function of the fact that we’re coming off of the winter waves and the fact that COVID is already becoming a seasonal phenomenon,” said UC Irvine epidemiologist [associate professor] Andrew Noymer. “It’s not the end of the pandemic.” … “I do expect to see more cases in the fall and in the winter,” Noymer said. “Let’s get vaccinated now and make that wave as small as possible. … I would say put the masks in a drawer, not in the trash.”