How did California go from the epicenter of the US pandemic to the lowest statewide transmission rate?

The state has some of the strictest vaccine mandates and masking policies.

10/25/2021 3:16:00 AM

With the lowest COVID-19 infection rate among all states as of Friday, California, which has some of the strictest mask and vaccination mandates in the country, has managed to flip the script as the former U.S. epicenter of the pandemic.

The state has some of the strictest vaccine mandates and masking policies.

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No stranger to stay-at-home orders, the California governmentimposedseveral lockdowns and restrictions to curb the spread of the virus. It celebrated its most recent reopening in mid-June, which replaced 15-month-long public health restrictions with conditions more akin to"business as usual."

"In the height of the pandemic, people were locked down, they weren't moving at all, they were staying at home," Brownstein told ABC News."The more people move around, that's usually an indicator for increased transmission."

Frederic J. Brown/AFP via Getty ImagesUmbrellas take over Santa Monica Beach as people head to the shoreline to beat the heat, Sept. 5, 2021, in Santa Monica, Calif.The great outdoorsThe virus has been shown to spread more indoors and with people in close proximity to one another. California's sunny climate means more people spend more time outside.

"When we spend most of our time indoors, that's when transmission is greatest," Ellerin said.MORE: Northern states see uptick in COVID-19 infections and hospitalizations as weather gets colderAdded Brownstein:"More close contacts with people outside your household indoors is what creates additional risk."

This effect is also compounded by the rise in the virus' effective reproductive number during the winter season with researchsuggestingthat a drop in temperature encourages virus growth. Read more: ABC News »

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