Frontline Workers Need a Booster Shot of Kindness

First published in the Jan. 13 print issue of the Outlook Valley Sun.

With the latest surge in COVID-19 cases, my mind rewinds to a comment from Dr. Kimberly Shriner of Huntington Hospital. She said that it is too bad that she does not see as many signs in support of first responders anymore. If you recall, such signs sprouted all over the community during the first months of the pandemic.
I thought back further to some reflections last March by Dr. Adam Sharp, whose insights were taken from his work as an emergency physician at the Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in Los Angeles.
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Big Outdoor Event Masking Required as Delta Surges

In an effort to mitigate the spread of the highly-infectious Delta variant of COVID-19, Los Angeles County announced it will update its health order and will require anyone attending a large outdoor event with more than 10,000 people to wear a face covering.
The order went into effect on Aug. 19 and arrives just before the football season, affecting UCLA’s home games at the Rose Bowl, USC’s at the Coliseum and upcoming concerts, including those at the Hollywood Bowl.
“As the highly infectious Delta variant continues to spread, wearing masks — regardless of vaccination status — indoors and in crowded settings, including at outdoor mega events, reduces the risk of being infected with and transmitting COVID-19,” the L.A. County Department of Public Health said in a statement on Aug. 17.

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COVID-19: Guidance on Masks Extends to All

Amid a concerning increase in new COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations throughout the state, the California Department of Public Health is urging residents to wear masks indoors in public settings, regardless of vaccination status.

The state updated its guidance on face coverings on Wednesday, one day after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended masks be worn indoors in places with high coronavirus transmission to prevent the spread of the Delta variant, a reversal from its announcement in May that vaccinated individuals did not need to mask up in most public settings. CDC officials are also recommending that schools reopen in the fall with students and employees wearing masks.

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