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.