As a parent, the thought of protecting your child never leaves your mind. Not even for a second.
For parents in Los Angeles COVID is beginning to impact that protection.
According to the LA Times for several seconds, 8-year-old Xitlali Vasquez’s heart stopped beating.The girl’s parents had driven her to Children’s Hospital Los Angeles in May when her temperature spiked and delirium sent her into a fever-sleep. She was placed in intensive care as specialists tended to inflammation around her heart and arteries.
Xitlali, is one of the first children in Los Angeles County to be diagnosed with multisystem inflammatory syndrome, a rare and potentially deadly illness known as MIS-C that infects children exposed to the coronavirus.
At this point in time at least 45 children in the county have been diagnosed with MIS-C, and one has died.
L.A. children are now battling a new syndrome linked to coronavirus. What is clear is that MIS-C cases are directly linked to a surge in COVID-19 infections — a correlation that doctors say could easily match up with a likely uptick around the holidays, given the ongoing spike in coronavirus cases.
In the last week, seven additional children have been diagnosed with the syndrome across the state, according to the California Department of Public Health.
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Now more than ever it is important to wear a mask, wash your hands and stay home for the safety of yourself and your children.
How are YOU planning to keep your family safe this holiday season?
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I have been a bartender/server since 2017. I have worked in food service for over a decade. Working in the bar industry during the COVID-19 pandemic has been challenging to say the least.I worked for three different bar/restaurant establishments and lost all employment back in March. Slowly as the case numbers appeared to drop bars and restaurants began to reopen. Unfortunately during the time that my local state government was doing their best to work with the health departments to get the virus under control, many residents of my area fled to open states to have some semblance of normalcy. Along with vacationing they were spreading the virus and the numbers went back up. Targeted and easier controlled establishments that didn't take the necessary steps to adapt became frustrated with the double down on state mandated restrictions. I was in and out of work, remaining loyal to the bars I worked at. Restaurants in my area decided to go against the government's mandate and reopen despite the alarmingly high positive case rate in our region. This pandemic has made me highly disappointed in a lot of the key holders of this industry. It was a majority of people unwilling to both understand the severity of this virus and to adapt to the changes that are necessary for the safety of our people. I am now unemployed because it is impossible to find good and stable work in my specific industry right now. It's incredibly frustrating because the same people that do not believe in the severity of the virus are the same people backing my industry on it's foolish decision to remain open indoors. It's incredibly aggravating to claim to root for you meanwhile putting your health and safety at risk in an industry that rarely offers STEADY pay or health insurance/benefits of any kind.
Sometimes during COVID, I have to stop and marvel at how creative we are becoming as a nation to keep things “normal” and this doesn’t disclude entertainment.
Lately in Los Angeles, it seems the art of dance is alive and well!
Ballet Folklórico de Los Ángeles held its first ever drive-in performance in Fullerton this past September. Then in October, the contemporary company Clairobscur Dance used Zoom to develop new work which was performed for audiences in cars at L.A.'s Original Farmers Market.
Santa Monica’s Westside School of Ballet organized a drive-in dance film festival and Heidi Duckler Dance presented drive-up or walk-up performances throughout L.A. over 10 days.
Audience members are typically instructed to wear masks if they want to leave their windows open and if they prefer to be maskless, they could tune to a radio station frequency to hear the streamed performance score.
The dancers trained individually and outside as well as in masked sessions to learn the choreography. If someone chose to rehearse inside the L.A. Dance Project’s studios, the space was aired out for 24 hours to keep others safe.
So it seems that drive-in dance performances are the new normal for dance companies during the pandemic, but I personally believe that if you have an audience anywhere becomes your stage.
Would you attend a drive-up performance during COVID?
Now more than ever is a time to be cautious as businesses re-open.
When a business opens back up we can’t help but want to go there, because let’s face it, staying home all the time is TOUGH. However, it’s important to keep ourselves safe especially if you work in these businesses.
If commuting on a train for 2 plus hours a day taught me anything it’s do NOT touch your face after you touch a surface. Just don’t.
Common areas where COVID-19 can be contracted are from touching surfaces such as bathroom door handles, elevator buttons, and chairs in food courts of shopping malls according to an NBC4 I-Team investigation in Orange County, CA.
"It's kind of inevitable when we're out in our daily life, that we're going to touch a lot of surfaces that others have touched," said Dr. Annabelle De St. Maurice, an infectious disease expert at UCLA Medical Center who looked at the results of the I-Team's investigation.
This month, the I-Team swabbed 25 surfaces in Orange County, which has led the way in reopening malls, indoor dining at restaurants, and movie theaters.
The I-Team used a COVID-19 test kit made by Phylagen and of the 25 surfaces swabbed by the I-Team in Orange County, eight of them (almost 1/3 of the samples), showed the presence of the virus that causes COVID-19.
With the presence of the virus found on commonly touched surfaces, infectious disease specialist Dr. De St. Maurice says the public should remain vigilant about taking safety precautions when out in public.
Just a reminder to:
-Wear a mask
-Keep six feet distance from others
-Use hand sanitizer
-Wash your hands frequently
Stay safe everyone!