Americans are moving this summer. Many Americans are taking their first vacation since the outbreak of the pandemic.
Although there are no signs of COVID-19 precautions being taken, cases are increasing with 19,000 cases per day reported to California by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Los Angeles County is closer to what the CDC calls a high-level of community transmission. This designation would allow for the return of mask mandates.
Dr. Barbara Ferrer from the L.A. County Public Health Department stated that universal indoor masking would be used throughout the county.
According to New York City's health department, New York City has seen an increase in cases of HIV/AIDS by more than 17% compared to two weeks ago.
According to the CDC, the Omicron subvariant BA.5 is responsible for nearly half of all new Omicron cases. It appears that the subvariant is three to four times more immune to antibodies.
Dr. Celine Gunder, Kaiser Health News editor at-large, warns that you might not be completely protected even if you have been vaccinated or received COVID early in life.
Do not attempt to play this game. Gounder stated that if you are eligible for vaccines, don't delay. "There are early indications that the BA.5 subvariant might be more dangerous. In other words, it may cause more severe diseases.
Omicron boosters could be available by the fall. Mask mandates could be reinstated in L.A. if transmission levels are high over the next few weeks.