California coronavirus updates: Two California public health experts say a wave of COVID-19 could be coming soon

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Two California public health experts say a wave of COVID-19 could be coming soon

Former Connecticut lawmaker pleads guilty to stealing $1.2 million in COVID-19 aid

Are you afraid of needles? China is using an inhaled vaccine against COVID-19

Health officials are concerned about the “tridemic” — influenza, COVID-19 and RSV

Shanghai Disneyland has temporarily closed a park with visitors inside due to a possible outbreak of COVID-19

Strong data for RSV vaccine raise hope for breakthrough after years of futility

COVID-19 in numbers

Sunday, November 6

12:58 p.m.: Two California public health experts say a wave of COVID-19 could be coming soon

UC San Francisco Department of Medicine Chair Dr. Robert Wachter and California State Epidemiologist Dr. Erica Pan seem confident that a spike in COVID-19 is likely this winter.

“Winter will bring people inside,” Wachter said. “There are these new variants that are coming out that are at least somewhat resistant to immunity.”

Both cited that lingering COVID is still a big issue, as is getting boosters — especially for older and younger Californians.

“These extreme age ranges are at risk for more serious disease,” Pan said. “I want to emphasize to all parents or grandparents, encourage your families to vaccinate their children.

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Friday, November 4

1:58 p.m.: Former Connecticut lawmaker pleads guilty to stealing $1.2 million in COVID-19 aid

A former Connecticut state representative has pleaded guilty to stealing more than $1.2 million in federal coronavirus relief funds from the town of West Haven.

As reported by the Associated PressMichael DiMassa, a Democrat from West Haven, appeared in federal court in Hartford and pleaded guilty to three counts of conspiracy to defraud.

Di Massa’s wife and his former business partner also pleaded guilty earlier this year, while a fourth accused in the scheme awaits trial.

At the time of the theft, DiMssa was both a state representative and an aide on the West Haven City Council.

Prosecutors say he used his position in the city to steal the COVID-19 relief funds, some of which he used for casino gambling.

He resigned from both positions after his arrest last year. Two other people – his wife and a business partner – have also pleaded guilty, while a fourth awaits trial.

Thursday, November 3

13:41: Afraid of needles? China is using an inhaled vaccine against COVID-19

The Chinese city of Shanghai has begun administering an inhalable vaccine against COVID-19 in what appears to be a world first, according to the Associated Press.

The vaccine, a mist that is inhaled orally, is available for free as a booster dose for previously vaccinated people, according to a message posted on an official city social media account.

Needle-free vaccines can persuade vaccine-averse people to get vaccinated, as well as expand immunizations in poor countries because they are easier to administer.

China has no vaccine mandate but wants people to get booster shots before easing strict pandemic restrictions that are holding back the economy and increasingly out of sync with the rest of the world.

Wednesday, November 2

12:52 p.m.: Health officials are concerned about the ‘tridemic’ – flu, COVID-19 and RSV

Health officials in California are concerned about both the fun and the COVID-19 circulating this fall and winter, but some are also worried about another virus that could pose a “tridemic” threat.

This is respiratory syncytial virus, also known as RSV, and is of particular concern in children.

Yuba and Sutter County Health Officer Dr. Phuong Luu is sounding the alarm.

“We’re seeing a resource from that, and there’s even isolated clustering, not necessarily locally, but in other countries that we’ve heard of in California and other places in the United States,” Luu said.

According to the California Department of Public Health, RSV is the most common cause of bronchiolitis and pneumonia in infants. It is also a cause of severe disease in adults over 65.

Luu said that while cases in the North State are now low, it is only a matter of time before cases in the region rise.

“We are just at the beginning of the fall season. So we expect as we go into winter there will be several clusters of outbreaks,” he said.

Symptoms include runny nose, fever, cough and wheezing. The state health department says young children and infants with RSV may not have a fever, but may be lethargic, irritable and not have much interest in eating.

There is currently no vaccine for RSV, but there is progress in development.

Luu said the best way to protect yourself is to get vaccinated against COVID-19 and the flu. Also, stay home when you or your children are sick to stop the spread.

12:30 p.m.: Shanghai Disneyland temporarily closes park with visitors inside due to possible outbreak of COVID-19

Visitors to Shanghai Disneyland were temporarily blocked from leaving as part of virus testing, which the city government said had been extended to 439,000 people.

According to the Associated Press, the Walt Disney Co and the help of the city government, the park was closed on Monday for virus tests of staff and visitors.

They did not give details of an outbreak, but last week 1.3 million residents of a Shanghai neighborhood were told to stay home for testing.

The city said all Disneyland visitors had left by Monday evening. Posts on social media said some entertainment was still running for guests who were blocked from leaving. China adheres to the “Zero COVID” strategy, which aims to isolate every case.

Tuesday, November 1

12:43 pm: Strong RSV vaccine data raises hope for breakthrough after years of futility

A new study suggests that vaccinating pregnant women protects their newborns from a common but dangerous respiratory virus called RSV. The virus is a nuisance for most healthy people, but it can be severe for babies and the elderly.

As reported by the Associated Press, efforts to create a vaccine have failed for decades, but some recent promising studies are raising hope that one may finally be on the way.

Pfizer reported preliminary results of its pregnancy vaccine, an injection it has tested successfully in older people.

Rival GlaxoSmithKlein has also reported success with older versions of its vaccine.

12:02 pm: Workers reportedly walk out of Apple product factory amid COVID-19 restrictions

Workers at a manufacturing facility in the central Chinese city of Zhengzhou appear to have walked out to escape COVID-19 restrictions.

Many traveled on foot days after an unknown number of workers at the Foxconn factory – the factory that makes Apple’s products – were quarantined at the facility following a virus outbreak.

According to the Associated Press, videos on Chinese social media platforms show alleged Foxconn workers climbing fences and carrying their belongings on foot along the road.

The Foxconn factory in Zhengzhou is one of the largest factories in China that assembles Apple products, including the latest iPhone 14 devices.

Cities around Zhengzhou have urged Foxconn workers to report their return in advance so they can undergo appropriate isolation measures.

Find older coronavirus updates on our previous blog page here.

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