Local public health experts approve CA reopening plan

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The state's reopening plans get a thumbs-up from several local experts.

"I do think it’s ok what they're doing," says Andrew Noymer, an associate professor of public health at University of California, Irvine.

He puts it like this: You wear a raincoat when it's raining. And it's just not raining right now. But that doesn't mean it won't rain again.

"The pandemic is not completely over. It is still raging in parts of the world, and it can come back to here. The listeners who haven’t been vaccinated yet can vaccinate now. That makes it more likely that any of us are going to have to put the raincoat back on, so to speak," says Dr. Jeffrey Klausner.

Klausner is a professor of preventive medicine at University of Southern California, says California's COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, deaths and test positivity rate are so low that reopening makes sense, but monitoring must continue.

"We don't want to dismantle what took us an inordinate time to put together in terms of our ability to provide testing and then to do the genetic analysis to monitor for variants,” says Dr. Peter Katona, a professor of medicine and public health at UCLA.

He says the state's plan is a "reasonable" one that gives people time to prepare.