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Combining multiple protective behaviors — such as mask-wearing and not gathering with other households — will remain important until a large percentage of the population is vaccinated, researchers say. (Photo/iStock)

Mask use rises but social distancing guidelines are being ignored as pandemic fatigue sets in

More people are now having visitors over or leaving their homes unnecessarily, a USC study finds, opening up gaps in the ‘Swiss cheese’ model of COVID-19 defense.