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With The State Reopen But Herd Immunity Not Met, What Is The COVID-19 Infection Risk?

A disposable face mask discarded on a hiking trail in Balboa Park, Aug. 2, 2020.

Photo by Alexander Nguyen

Above: A disposable face mask discarded on a hiking trail in Balboa Park, Aug. 2, 2020.

Following the end of most of the state’s COVID-19 restrictions, many Californians are beginning to drop their masks as they go about their daily lives.

But the threat of COVID-19 still remains.

RELATED: As California Reopens, Some Unvaccinated People Feel Left Behind

A significant portion — 37% — of San Diegans are not fully vaccinated, according to the county's dashboard, and while 75% of eligible residents have at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, all children younger than 12 remain unvaccinated.

While the county is inching closer to the goal of herd immunity, how will the reopening and the current infection rate affects the risk for spreading the disease? And, what risks do COVID-19 variants still pose?

Rebecca Fielding-Miller, an epidemiologist and assistant professor at UC San Diego in the Division of Infectious Disease and Global Public Health, joined KPBS Midday Edition Wednesday to answer that question and more.

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Following the end of most of the state’s COVID-19 restrictions, many Californians are beginning to drop their masks as they go about their daily lives. But the threat of COVID-19 ... Read more →

Aired: June 16, 2021 | Transcript

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