University of California, Irvine Economics Professor Amihai Glazer said OC has an advantage in being less densely populated than Los Angeles County. “Businesses may open faster in Orange County,” Glazer [said], adding that there is “little reliance on public transit” where viruses can easily spread. “International trade is big in Southern California, including Orange County, and that may hurt,” according to Glazer. A lot of the recovery pace will depend on getting a vaccine and treatment in place he said.

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