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"How 700 Epidemiologists are Living now, and What They Think Is Next"

The New York Times interviewed Karin Michels, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health professor and chair of the Department of Epidemiology, about the effects of the pandemic on daily life in 2020 and beyond

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Friday, December 4, 2020
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Even with coronavirus vaccines on the way, many epidemiologists do not expect their lives to return to pre-pandemic normal until most Americans are vaccinated. In the meantime, most have eased up on some precautions — now going to the grocery store or seeing friends outdoors, for example — but are as cautious as ever about many activities of daily life.

In a new informal survey of 700 epidemiologists by The New York Times, half said they would not change their personal behavior until at least 70 percent of the population was vaccinated. Thirty percent said they would make some changes once they were vaccinated themselves.

A minority of the epidemiologists said that if highly effective vaccines were widely distributed, it would be safe for Americans to begin living more freely this summer.

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