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Local epidemiologist says officials have not conveyed enough urgency about COVID surge

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Respiratory therapist Frans Oudenaar, left, and registered nurse Bryan Hofilena cover a body of a COVID-19 patient with a sheet at Providence Holy Cross Medical Center in Los Angeles, Tuesday, Dec. 14, 2021. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

East-West Center epidemiologist Tim Brown thinks state officials have fallen short in conveying a sense of urgency about how our health systems could be once again overwhelmed as we saw back in July and August. So the worst may not be over even though many people have been vaccinated and boosted. Brown explained more about why he doesn't care if people call him the grinch for warning not to let their guard down during holiday gatherings.

This interview aired on The Conversation on Dec. 21, 2021. The Conversation airs weekdays at 11 a.m. on HPR-1.

Catherine Cruz is the host of The Conversation. Originally from Guam, she spent more than 30 years at KITV, covering beats from government to education. Contact her at ccruz@hawaiipublicradio.org.
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