Governor Gavin Newsom to announce ‘next phase’ of California’s COVID-19 response; health experts weigh in on the state’s future

SAN JOSE, Calif. (KGO) — The focus is on California’s future and the COVID-19 pandemic. Governor Gavin Newsom is preparing to announce the start of a new chapter in California’s fight against COVID-19.

Early in March 2020, Governor Newsom was the first in the nation to impose a statewide stay-at-home order. Over the next nearly two years, California has established rules and requirements that are only just beginning to ease.

“Although structurally we are relaxing, I think our risk tolerance has changed,” said Dr. Marcelle Dougan, assistant professor of public health at San Jose State University.

“We are not as fearful of the disease as before. But we have to be careful,” Dr Dougan said.

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On Thursday, the governor is expected to announce what he calls the “next phase” of California’s COVID-19 response.

His office released a nearly 4-minute video, with an overview of the past two years.

However, looking to the future, his office said in part: ‘The far-reaching plan will be the first of its kind to ensure that the state, communities and individuals have the tools they need to protect and protect themselves. prepare for what is to come.”

It’s a perspective that would focus on keeping schools and businesses open and safe.

“I think it’s always a good time to plan for what might happen in the next few weeks. I think that’s fair,” Dr. Jorge Salinas, a hospital epidemiologist at Stanford University told ABC7 News.

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He and other experts explained that the future will be far from what life was like before the pandemic.

“I’m not sure we can ever get there,” Dr. Salinas added.

Dr Dougan continued: “I don’t think we can go back to how we lived before.”

Santa Clara University professor Dr. Thomas Plante added, “We have to think about it, kind of like 9/11. After 9/11, we don’t travel the same way. And in some ways, maybe we need to use this comparison to know how we are going to be after this critical phase of the pandemic.

Last week in Oakland, Governor Newsom said the state would adopt an endemic response.

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“In this endemic plan, we will be able to answer a lot of questions that you have about the world we live in, where are we going with this virus,” the governor told reporters.

“It’s going to take some time and effort,” Dr. Plante said. “And there’s going to be a transition back to socializing and so on that we used to do, and people are going to be rusty.”

Health experts advise that an endemic phase will require balance. All agree that while people shouldn’t live in fear, people shouldn’t overlook the serious disease that has killed nearly a million Americans.

Governor Newsom will unveil his plan on Thursday afternoon.

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