The U.S. takes on a hopeful Covid outlook, but slowing vaccinations raise a note of caution. … “We’re in a really good spell and we can act accordingly,” said Andrew Noymer, an [associate professor and] epidemiologist at the University of California, Irvine, who said it made sense to loosen restrictions now, when the risk is lower than it might be this winter.
For the moment, though, epidemiologists are uncharacteristically optimistic. “We’re in a really good spell and we can act accordingly,” said Andrew Noymer, an [associate professor and] epidemiologist at the University of California, Irvine, who said it made sense to loosen restrictions now, when the risk is lower than it might be this winter.
“First, we haven’t fully achieved full vaccination in any of the tiers [of eligible groups],” said Bernadette Boden-Albala, an epidemiologist and founding dean for the University of California, Irvine public health program, in a Thursday interview. … Boden-Albala said in underserved communities, “it’s not that there’s hesitancy per se, but there needs to be some better info, clarification of that info and the process of getting someone vaccinated. It’s not just ‘register here,’ it often takes someone to answer questions — especially in light of all the confusing information about vaccines like the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.”
“Will we be masking in 2025? I doubt it. But it’s still too early to say when we will ditch them, and I think they’ll be one of the last things to go” said Andrew Noymer, a UC Irvine associate professor of public health. “They’re cheap, they’re relatively easy to use and they work.”
Bernadette Boden-Albala, an epidemiologist and founding dean for the University of California, Irvine public health program, told Voice of OC on April 20 that while the county is “starting to move the needle” it’s “actually at a slower pace than the rest of the county.” “We have to make sure that we’re doing it at the same pace. And that’s something that people have a hard time understanding,” Boden-Albala said.
“The numbers are looking great in Orange County,” Andrew Noymer, a UC Irvine [associate] professor of population health and disease prevention, told City News Service. Noymer analyzed data from states across the country on Wednesday and noted that while some maybe be struggling with upswings in cases, that is not the case in California. … Noymer said it is probably time to turn over vaccinations to traditional healthcare providers like pharmacies.
UC Irvine epidemiologist and public health expert, [Associate Professor] Andrew Noymer, said it’s a good milestone. “I think it’s appropriate to move to the Orange Tier because we created this system and it was designed for transparency.” Noymer said in a Tuesday phone interview. “If you don’t honor that, then people will feel like they’ve been sold a bill of goods. So we have to stand by the metrics that we proposed.” … Noymer also said people should still follow the public health protocols, like wearing masks and avoiding large indoor gatherings with people they don’t live with.