Child tests positive for monkeypox in Southern California

A Long Beach minor has tested positive for monkeypox, the Department of Health and Human Services reported on Tuesday, Aug. 2, as the virus continues spreading throughout the city and countywide. There were 20 confirmed and probable cases of monkeypox in Long Beach as of Tuesday, the health department reported...

Opinion: At last, a simple strategy for COVID booster shots

The Food and Drug Administration reportedly has a new strategy for rolling out new booster shots that should bring needed clarity to COVID vaccination in the United States. Going forward, most Americans will get the same advice about when to get their next shots. Currently, second boosters are available only...

How the U.S. let 20 million doses of monkeypox vaccine expire

Less than a decade ago, the United States had some 20 million doses of a new smallpox vaccine — also effective against monkeypox — sitting in freezers in a national stockpile. Such vast quantities of the vaccine, known today as Jynneos, could have slowed the spread of monkeypox...

Should you take Paxlovid when positive for COVID?

When President Joe Biden tested positive for COVID-19 on July 21, his physician recommended he take the antiviral drug Paxlovid. The drug significantly reduces the likelihood of hospitalization or death for someone at high risk of developing severe covid. Biden started the five-day course that day, according to the White House, and within six days he tested negative for the virus and was cleared to leave isolation.

Oakland Chinatown faces a ‘dual pandemic’ of violence, COVID

Tony Fong never expected the pandemic to linger so long. When Fong closed his 7,000-square-foot Buffet Fortuna — an Oakland Chinatown staple for Chinese New Year celebrations, baby showers and birthday parties — in March 2020, he figured it might take a month or two to get back in business. He told workers not to go far, because “soon they will be back to work again.”

California not ready to declare monkeypox emergency

California officials are pressing for more vaccine and acting with “utmost urgency” to slow the spread of the monkeypox virus, but they have not decided whether to declare a statewide emergency as the city of San Francisco announced on Thursday, the state’s public health officer said Friday.