Morning Brief: COVID-19 Variants Are Spreading, But Safety Protocols Remain The Same
Good morning, L.A.
On Sunday, public health officials in L.A. reported the second local case of a COVID-19 variant which was first discovered in the U.K.
At this point, there’s a lot that researchers don’t know about faster-spreading variants such as the U.K. strain and others emerging from Brazil, South Africa and even Southern California.
The vaccines that are now available to some members of the public appear to protect against these new strains, but it’s not clear how well they protect, or whether they’ll protect against other mutations that will inevitably develop.
In other words, Americans haven’t been so great about adhering to coronavirus safety measures such as wearing masks, socially distancing and gathering outdoors. A faster spreading COVID-19 variant could make the existing danger we’ve brought upon ourselves that much riskier.
And yet, the fact remains that there is no other answer to curbing the spread than the answers we already have.
"It's very unsexy what the solutions are," said Dr. Kirsten Bibbins-Domingo, a physician and professor at the University of California-San Francisco. "But we need everyone to do them."
Keep reading for more on what’s happening in L.A. today, and stay safe out there.
What Else You Need To Know Today
- A new, 12-mile hiking trail is coming to Joshua Tree.
- The first vaccination clinic in the city of Riverside opened on Saturday.
- Manhattan Beach is ramping up enforcement of electric bicycle laws.
- L.A. County Supervisor Hilda Solis called Saturday’s anti-vaccination protest at Dodger Stadium an “intentional sabotage.”
- Frustration over coronavirus failures has fueled efforts to recall California Gov. Gavin Newsom.
- L.A. County health officials on Sunday confirmed 5,925 new cases of coronavirus and 124 deaths.
Before You Go … A Chicana's Ongoing Journey To Leave White Supremacy Behind
As a light-skinned Latina in the comedy-entertainment industry, LAist contributor Samantha Varela reflects on the role that entrenched white supremacy, and "passing" as white, have played in her career.
“I was aware early on that my skin color allowed me access to jobs and worlds that I didn't see Black and Brown folx occupying,” she writes, “and I often felt like I ‘made the cut’ due to my white skin.”
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