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Orange County students may soon be able to take off their masks

Voice of OC, Feb. 28, 2022

February 28, 2022

Orange County students may soon be able to take off their masks

UC Irvine epidemiologist [and associate professor of nursing] Sanghyuk Shin, said while removing masks is a step in the right direction, state public health officials should wait another couple of weeks before letting the masks drop. … Nakia Best, a UCI nursing school [assistant] professor who works on an advisory group to schools, said state public health officials should make sure the heating and air conditioning systems have been overhauled to better circulate clean air to reduce the chance of COVID spreading before dropping masks. … Both Best and Shin said federal, state and local public health officials should be focusing on vaccinating more children while the positivity rate is low – especially before masks begin dropping at schools.