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Orange County residents should expect, prepare for indefinite covid waves

Voice of OC, March 29, 2022

March 29, 2022

Orange County residents should expect, prepare for indefinite covid waves

UC Irvine epidemiologist Andrew Noymer, [associate professor of public health said,] “COVID is absolutely not going away. … There’s going to be periods when it peaks, and periods where it drops.” Noymer, who’s been tracking and researching COVID-19 since the pandemic hit two years ago, said tests and masks should be kept handy so people are prepared for when the next wave hits. … Dr. Shruti Gohil, an infectious disease physician who treats COVID patients at UCI Medical Center, said vaccines play a critical role in preventing a high number of deaths – especially with the new, potentially more transmissible Omicron subvariant spreading.