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Pandemic restrictions will largely vanish this week. Politics? Or science?

Orange County Register, June 13, 2021

June 13, 2021

Pandemic restrictions will largely vanish this week. Politics? Or science?

“When the June 15 date was announced back in April, I thought, ‘What crystal ball does the state have?’ ” said [Associate Professor] Andrew Noymer, an epidemiologist and demographer at UC Irvine. “I felt they were maybe a bit cocky.” … “They pulled it off,” Noymer said. “The numbers look good. COVID is not a big deal right now in California.” … Noymer looks forward to a languid, basically uneventful summer, but worries about what comes next.