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What would seasonal Covid look like in Los Angeles?

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Eugene Adams
Eugene Adams
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The Covid-19 Pandemic has been long and terrible everywhere. But, especially so in Los Angeles County. 

There have been over 1.2 million cases and 24,000 deaths in Los Angeles County alone

Many local small businesses died as well. 

We all want to be done with this pandemic completely, but what if we can’t? Can we at least make it tolerable?

Some experts, like Dr. Fauci, are mentioning the possibility of Covid being seasonal. Is Los Angeles ready for that?

The Flu

Now that we have Covid vaccines, Covid is starting to behave like the flu. So that begs the question, how do we handle the flu now?

Yearly Epidemic?

This year’s flu season has been essentially nonexistent because of measures to fight Covid. However, that is not the case in a typical year. 

According to the CDC, the United States experiences an annual epidemic of seasonal flu. We refer to this as “flu season.” It usually starts in October and runs as late as May. The peak is typically between December and February. 

Flu season requires new vaccines every year. Over the last ten years, America has administered between 110–174 million doses of the flu vaccine. 

Los Angeles, and America as a whole, is capable of vaccinating a large portion of the population every year.

It’s important to remember; we talk about flu season like it’s normal. We don’t shut anything down or ban activities because of it. 

The CDC Says America is Ready 

The CDC director, Rochelle Walensky, insists that we are ready to administer additional vaccines. 

“We are doing the studies on boosters to see if we will need them, and that is six months, one year, two years — we don’t really know. But we want to be prepared for them should we need them.”-Rochelle Walensky

This makes sense since we manage to administer flu vaccines every year. 

“The vision would be that we would do it in the same way that we do the flu vaccine. We hope we don’t have to do it every season, but we’re preparing in case we do.”-Rochelle Walensky

Seasonal Masks?

Los Angeles Residents are eager to ditch their masks as well. 

But will we ever be able to ditch them entirely?

According to Dr. Fauci, the answer is complicated. 

Dr. Fauci points out that the reason the flu was virtually nonexistent this year was Covid precautions. The same precautions that work against Covid also work against the flu. That includes masks. 

He speculates that mask-wearing might become largely seasonal. Some people will wear masks at times where Covid is worse. 

My Thoughts

It’s been a rough year for Los Angeles. But, for the first time in a while, I am not worried about the future. 

Whatever happens, I am confident that we will be ready for it. 

Whether Covid goes away or stays seasonally, we will figure it out. 

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