“This is now officially the second-largest wave in terms of peak hospitalizations,” Andrew Noymer, an epidemiologist and UC Irvine [associate] professor of [public health], told City News Service on Thursday. The key differences in the summer of 2020 were “no vaccines and there were very few n95 masks in the public’s hands,” Noymer said.
Orange County COVID-19 hospitalizations exceed first wave
Spectrum News 1, Jan. 6, 2022
January 6, 2022