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"There's a Downside to Returning to Pre-Pandemic Hygiene Habits"

USA Today interviewed Dr. Timothy Brewer, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health professor of epidemiology, about post-pandemic habits to avoid infectious diseases

Tuesday, May 25, 2021

Many things Americans gave up over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic are coming back, from parties and meals out to hugs and movies. Normalcy also has a downside: the return of colds, sore throats and the sniffles.

"People are taking off their masks, they're no longer socially distancing, they're not washing their hands as much, and they're getting sick again," said Dr. Aaron Glatt, CEO of Mount Sinai hospital in South Nassau, New York.

Getting back to normal "comes at a price," said Glatt, who is also a fellow with the Infectious Diseases Society of America.