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Experts rue simple steps not taken before latest COVID surge

AP, July 13, 2022

July 13, 2022

Experts rue simple steps not taken before latest COVID surge

Hundreds of daily deaths for a summertime respiratory illness would normally be jaw-dropping, said Andrew Noymer, a public health [associate] professor at the University of California, Irvine. … “That would be all hands on deck,” Noymer said. “People would be like, ‘There’s this crazy new flu that’s killing people in June.’” … Noymer said if he were in charge of the nation’s COVID response he would … tell Americans to take it seriously, mask indoors and “until we get better vaccines, there’s going to be a new normal of a disease that kills over 100,000 Americans a year and impacts life expectancy.”