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"Why COVID Took off in California, Again"

The New York Times interviewed Dr. Timothy Brewer, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health professor of epidemiology, about whether the number of hospitalizations and deaths in the current surge will be lower than previous surges because more than 21 million Californians are vaccinated

Wednesday, August 4, 2021

Between reinstated mask mandates and spiking coronavirus case numbers, this summer is starting to feel a little too much like 2020.

Even in California, a state with a vaccination rate well above average, the number of people hospitalized with Covid-19 has nearly doubled in the past two weeks, according to a New York Times database. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s map of coronavirus spread shows California bathed in orange and red, signaling the highest levels of transmission.

So how did we get here?