Ebene Magazine – Coronavirus Today: Mixed messaging on masks

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Good evening. I’m Kiera Feldman and it’s Thursday May 13th. Here’s what’s happening to the coronavirus in California and beyond.

You’d think almost a year and a half after the pandemic started, public health officials found a way to keep mask guidelines clear and simple / p> The less than ideal messaging competence of the Federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention was shown again on Thursday when the mask usage changed just two weeks after the previous update.

« Anyone who is fully vaccinated, can participate in indoor and outdoor activities, large and small, without wearing a mask or physically distancing oneself, « said Dr. Rochelle Walensky, director of the CDC.

It wasn’t long before the Twitter verse and group texts lit up with key questions: What about cinemas? What about people with children?

And my personal question that leads to extreme fear: How do I know if the exposed face next to me in the grocery store is attached to a vaccinated body?

My colleagues Rong-Gong Lin II and Hayley Smith continue to explain masks for anyone traveling by public transport, including buses, trains and airports. Masking rules still apply to hospitals, prisons, homeless facilities, and other institutional facilities.

And the biggest limitation, state and local regulations may be stricter than the CDC’s guidelines. The rules for masks in businesses, schools, and other places where it can be difficult to tell who’s and who’s not vaccinated are likely to be set at the local level, CDC officials said.

But nothing has changed here in LA. District officials said Thursday that the existing rules will remain in place.

In all businesses, including restaurants and supermarkets, workers and patrons must remain masked. These are state-wide requirements established by the California Department of Occupational Safety and Health. The next Cal-OSHA meeting is on May 20th, so the rules won’t change until then.

Aside from jumbled news, one thing is exceptionally clear: vaccines work – phenomenally well. That makes it possible to even consider taking these steps back towards normal life.

Some experts were excited about the CDC’s announcement. One of them was Dr. Robert Kim-Farley, a Medical Epidemiologist at UCLA

« I am delighted that we have reached this significant time where those who are fully vaccinated can now return to pre-pandemic activities with virtually no pandemic themselves « he said.

Use our graphs to keep track of coronavirus spread and vaccination efforts in California – including the latest numbers and their breakdowns.

For those of us who have been around for more than a year in their home, it sounds better than ever to venture out into the world. The signs are springing up all around us.

One of them is at Hollywood Burbank Airport. On Thursday, the low-cost carrier Frontier Airlines announced plans to fly from the airport with flights to Las Vegas, Phoenix and Denver from July.

The number of passengers traveling through airports in the US is still only about 60% of the prepandemic. Burbank Airport is the hardest hit, losing more than 31% of its seat capacity in the last year.

However, Frontier’s announcement suggests things are getting better, especially as it takes less than a month for a former United Airlines CEO to turn Burbank into the launch pad for a new low-cost airline called Avelo Airlines.

Here’s further evidence that we spend less time at home on the couch: The streaming services, which have grown like gangbusters during the pandemic, are starting to slow down.

Disney had fewer subscribers than last quarter expected added, the company announced on Thursday. Last month, Netflix announced that it added a disappointing 4 million subscribers worldwide in the last quarter. And the field has become more competitive since the beginning of the pandemic, thanks to the addition of services like HBO Max, Peacock and Paramount.

It remains to be seen whether this slowdown is a passing slip or an indicator of a bigger trend. The numbers have improved at Disney-owned Hulu.

If you’re ready to leave your living room but aren’t ready to fly, consider a night at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. L.A. Opera’s first indoor show will be on June 6th with a free performance of « Oedipus Rex ». It is the first personal performance since March 8, 2020 with the staging of « Roberto Devereux ».

In order to participate in the show, visitors must have proof of a full COVID-19 vaccination or negative results of a coronavirus – Submit tests performed within 72 hours of the curtain. The vaccinated spectators can sit in the orchestra section while others are assigned socially distant seats on one level.

In business news on Thursday, Governor Gavin Newsom proposed granting small business owners an additional $ 1.5 billion in financial aid .

The money would be added to a program launched in January that distributes federal COVID-19 aid to small businesses in the form of grants worth up to $ 25,000. If Newsom’s proposal were adopted, the program would receive a total of $ 4 billion, making it the largest initiative of its kind in the country, the governor said.

The additional money would fund an additional round of grants for around 150,000 small businesses, officials estimated.

The state has received around 350,000 grant applications. Almost 200,000 scholarships have been awarded to date.

Check out our tracker for the latest information on coronavirus closings and reopenings in California, as well as the metrics that contain this information.

The history of COVID-19 has long been taken for granted – the coronavirus came from animals, jumped to an intermediate species and then infected people. But some scientists are now saying we should reconsider the matter. Did the SARS-CoV-2 virus escape a laboratory? A group of 18 scientists from some of the most prestigious research institutions in the world are asking their colleagues to seriously examine this idea, explains my colleague Deborah Netburn.

In a letter published Thursday in Science magazine, scientists argue that there isn’t enough evidence to rule out the possibility that COVID-19 accidentally escaped from a laboratory in China. They are calling for a « proper investigation ».

« We are reasonable scientists with expertise in relevant areas, » said Dr. David Relman, Professor of Microbiology and Immunology at Stanford University, who wrote the letter. « We don’t see any data that says this must be natural. »

Ravindra Gupta, professor of clinical microbiology at Cambridge University, said he would like to review laboratory notes from scientists working at the Wuhan Institute of Virology work, a research center that studies coronaviruses. He would also like to see a list of the viruses that have been used at the institute over a period of five years.

Why is it important now that more than 3.3 million people have already died? When the coronavirus breaks out of a lab, Relman explained, « Then we talk about thinking much more seriously about what kind of experiments we’re doing and why. »

The spread of the coronavirus has got people all over the world who Hold digital thermometers on your forehead and wrists to check for people who may be infected. However, a new study questions the value of these temperature tests in children. It found that most of the children infected with the virus had normal temperatures and were generally free from other typical COVID-19 symptoms.

The study looked at more than 12,000 children with laboratory-confirmed infections and found that only 19% of them developed a fever.

In addition, almost three quarters of infected children were missing « one of the typical COVID-19 symptoms » – fever, cough or shortness of breath – researchers wrote in Scientific Reports on Thursday.

How should schools and others Institutions mark children with infections that could spread the virus to others? The researchers suggested more random testing, focusing on children from higher-risk households and those with conditions that put them at higher risk of serious illness if infected.

Another group of researchers did one another idea to protect us from threats like coronavirus. They are calling for major changes in building design to reduce the risk of spreading airborne diseases like COVID-19, reports my colleague Richard Read.

We have long known that the easiest way for the coronavirus to spread is indoors . Opening windows and increasing the airflow are basic precautionary measures these days. But these steps don’t go far enough, the researchers argue in the journal Science.

The 39 experts from different areas called for a « paradigm shift » in the design of buildings and their ventilation systems. Only hospitals have air supply systems that meet the requirements. If they did spread, however, the result would be a social change comparable to the introduction of clean water supplies and centralized sewer systems in the 19th century.

« Think how many cases could have been prevented during this pandemic, if this would have been taken seriously, « said Lidia Morawska, physicist at Queensland University of Technology in Australia.

Today’s question comes from readers who want to know: What do I have to do to get a COVID-19 shot for mine getting younger teenagers?

We have already talked about when children from the age of 12 can start getting vaccinated (today!). Here’s how to get those shocks in LA County and across California.

Vaccination appointments can be made in English at VaccinateLACounty.com or in Spanish at VacunateLosAngeles.com. If you do not have internet access you can call (833) 540-0473.

Or you can skip all of that and just show up at a county-run vaccination site without an appointment – they take part in walk-ins.

In Orange County, you can get a shot or make an appointment. Please see here for more information about your options.

Anyone under the age of 18 should be accompanied by a parent, guardian, or responsible adult. You must bring photo ID and prove that you are at least 12 years old. Examples of acceptable age verification in LA County are listed here and in Orange County here.

Among the county-run sites offering the Pfizer BioNTech vaccine – the only one approved for use in minors – are the Balboa Sports Complex in Encino, the Fairplex in Pomona, the Forum in Inglewood, Cal State Northridge, and the LA County Office of Education in Downey and Eugene A. Obregon Park in East LA

A list of vaccination clinics across the county that do To offer the Pfizer vaccine, visit bit.ly/PfizerSites.

We want to hear from you. Email us your coronavirus questions and we’ll do our best to answer them. Are you wondering whether your question has already been answered? Check out our archives here.

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Kiera Feldman joined the Los Angeles Times in 2019 as an investigative reporter. She came from ProPublica, where her coverage of New York’s private garbage industry exposed job abuse and corruption, leading to an investigation into federal and new city laws. She won the Livingston Award in 2015 for an investigation into sexual assault abuse in college. As a longtime journalist, she covered for Harper’s, New Republic and elsewhere before joining the Times.

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