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Are Oregonians ready for the beginning of the end of the pandemic?

A child rides a mechanical bull at the Philomath Frolic & Rodeo in July 2019. The event was cancelled in 2020, but will be back this summer.
A child rides a mechanical bull at the Philomath Frolic & Rodeo in July 2019. The event was cancelled in 2020, but will be back this summer.

Earlier this week, Oregon Gov. Kate Brown said most COVID-19 restrictions in the state will be lifted when 70% of Oregonians 16 and older have had at least one vaccine shot. On Thursday, the CDC put out new guidance saying that people who are vaccinated against the virus can stop wearing masks in most places, and Brown announced that Oregon will follow the same guidance. But are tired and traumatized Oregonians ready to start returning to something like pre-pandemic life?

We’ll talk about the challenges of entering the next phase of the pandemic. Our guests are Julia Silverman, news editor for Portland Monthly Magazine, who recently wrote about this issue, and David Ropeik, author of “How Risky Is It Really? Why Our Fears Don’t Always Match the Facts.”

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