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Coronavirus in California: What to Know Coronavirus in California: What to Know
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The coronavirus outbreak that has killed more than 420 people in China is sending waves of panic around the world as it sickens thousands, scrambles travel and rattles economies.The coronavirus outbreak that has killed more than 420 people in China is sending waves of panic around the world as it sickens thousands, scrambles travel and rattles economies.
At the same time, fears about the outbreak have fueled racist sentiment both abroad and here in the U.S. — even as health officials note that the risk here is relatively low.At the same time, fears about the outbreak have fueled racist sentiment both abroad and here in the U.S. — even as health officials note that the risk here is relatively low.
On college campuses, students of Asian descent said they’ve been unsettled by the glares they get when they cough. At the University of California, Berkeley, a post by the university’s health services that said “xenophobia” would be a “normal” response to anxiety over the virus led to an immediate backlash, and the post’s removal.On college campuses, students of Asian descent said they’ve been unsettled by the glares they get when they cough. At the University of California, Berkeley, a post by the university’s health services that said “xenophobia” would be a “normal” response to anxiety over the virus led to an immediate backlash, and the post’s removal.
My colleague Farhad Manjoo wrote recently in a column that what he finds more worrisome than a little-understood, dangerous illness is the spread of misinformation and fear, which have historically been used to justify acts of repression against minorities.My colleague Farhad Manjoo wrote recently in a column that what he finds more worrisome than a little-understood, dangerous illness is the spread of misinformation and fear, which have historically been used to justify acts of repression against minorities.
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All this is to say the situation is serious, but it’s important not to lose perspective. The flu, for example, has caused 10,000 deaths in the U.S. this season, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.All this is to say the situation is serious, but it’s important not to lose perspective. The flu, for example, has caused 10,000 deaths in the U.S. this season, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Updated Feb.13, 2020 Updated Feb.14, 2020
So here are some answers about the coronavirus:So here are some answers about the coronavirus:
There are now six cases in California, the most of any U.S. state. That includes one case each in Los Angeles and Orange Counties, while four are in the Bay Area.There are now six cases in California, the most of any U.S. state. That includes one case each in Los Angeles and Orange Counties, while four are in the Bay Area.
A husband and wife in San Benito County learned they had the illness on Sunday and were taken by ambulance to a hospital in San Francisco on Monday, according to The San Francisco Chronicle. They were the first cases involving the household person-to-person transmission of coronavirus in California.A husband and wife in San Benito County learned they had the illness on Sunday and were taken by ambulance to a hospital in San Francisco on Monday, according to The San Francisco Chronicle. They were the first cases involving the household person-to-person transmission of coronavirus in California.
Because of the number of people in California who travel to and from China, the state is “on that front line,” an infectious disease expert told my colleagues. Screenings at the San Francisco and Los Angeles airports were put into place on Jan. 17. But flights have been canceled and officials advise against traveling to China if it’s avoidable.Because of the number of people in California who travel to and from China, the state is “on that front line,” an infectious disease expert told my colleagues. Screenings at the San Francisco and Los Angeles airports were put into place on Jan. 17. But flights have been canceled and officials advise against traveling to China if it’s avoidable.
[Read about a 17-year-old exchange student’s journey back to the U.S.][Read about a 17-year-old exchange student’s journey back to the U.S.]
Military bases in California, Colorado and Texas were getting ready to house Americans under quarantine. So far, though, the only people under quarantine were the 195 people who have been held at March Air Reserve Base in Riverside.Military bases in California, Colorado and Texas were getting ready to house Americans under quarantine. So far, though, the only people under quarantine were the 195 people who have been held at March Air Reserve Base in Riverside.
The outbreak is looking increasingly like a pandemic — an ongoing epidemic on two or more continents — according to top experts. But how fast the disease spreads depends on a number of factors, including how contagious the virus is and how long it takes to show symptoms. (Two to 14 days, experts say.)The outbreak is looking increasingly like a pandemic — an ongoing epidemic on two or more continents — according to top experts. But how fast the disease spreads depends on a number of factors, including how contagious the virus is and how long it takes to show symptoms. (Two to 14 days, experts say.)
[See how various factors will determine how bad the outbreak will get.][See how various factors will determine how bad the outbreak will get.]
Many healthy people don’t need masks, which largely help prevent you from transmitting a respiratory illness. And hoarding them can contribute to shortages among those who need them.Many healthy people don’t need masks, which largely help prevent you from transmitting a respiratory illness. And hoarding them can contribute to shortages among those who need them.
Ultimately, experts say, the best mode of prevention is frequently washing your hands and not getting too close to people who are coughing or sneezing. And if you’re sick, don’t go to the office.Ultimately, experts say, the best mode of prevention is frequently washing your hands and not getting too close to people who are coughing or sneezing. And if you’re sick, don’t go to the office.
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In Monday’s newsletter, my colleague Jennifer Medina told us about what Californians should keep an eye out for in the Iowa caucuses. She mentioned that Joe Biden and Senator Bernie Sanders, especially, were ones to watch to gauge whether they would be heading west, where they’ve been campaigning heavily, with momentum.In Monday’s newsletter, my colleague Jennifer Medina told us about what Californians should keep an eye out for in the Iowa caucuses. She mentioned that Joe Biden and Senator Bernie Sanders, especially, were ones to watch to gauge whether they would be heading west, where they’ve been campaigning heavily, with momentum.
Well, things got confusing, and the release of the Iowa caucus results was delayed after inconsistencies in the reporting of data, officials said. So we’ll be waiting a little longer to be able to interpret the results — and how they may reshape the race in California.Well, things got confusing, and the release of the Iowa caucus results was delayed after inconsistencies in the reporting of data, officials said. So we’ll be waiting a little longer to be able to interpret the results — and how they may reshape the race in California.
Also: Here’s everything you need to know about registering to vote in California. [The New York Times]Also: Here’s everything you need to know about registering to vote in California. [The New York Times]
Scott Wiener, the state senator from San Francisco, proposed legislation that would make Pacific Gas & Electric a public utility. [The Sacramento Bee]Scott Wiener, the state senator from San Francisco, proposed legislation that would make Pacific Gas & Electric a public utility. [The Sacramento Bee]
A shooting on a Greyhound Bus heading from Los Angeles to the Bay Area left one dead and five people injured. [The New York Times]A shooting on a Greyhound Bus heading from Los Angeles to the Bay Area left one dead and five people injured. [The New York Times]
Public memorial services for John, Keri and Alyssa Altobelli, who were killed in the helicopter crash in which Kobe Bryant and five others also perished, will be held at Angel Stadium on Feb. 10. Mr. Altobelli was Orange Coast College’s baseball coach for nearly three decades. [The Orange County Register]Public memorial services for John, Keri and Alyssa Altobelli, who were killed in the helicopter crash in which Kobe Bryant and five others also perished, will be held at Angel Stadium on Feb. 10. Mr. Altobelli was Orange Coast College’s baseball coach for nearly three decades. [The Orange County Register]
It’s not just in California: The number of homeless public school students nationwide reached its highest number in more than a decade during the 2017-18 school year, according to a new report. And still, a California audit found that public school districts undercount the number. [The New York Times]It’s not just in California: The number of homeless public school students nationwide reached its highest number in more than a decade during the 2017-18 school year, according to a new report. And still, a California audit found that public school districts undercount the number. [The New York Times]
Read more about how Los Angeles counts its homeless population. [The New York Times]Read more about how Los Angeles counts its homeless population. [The New York Times]
Ever since the state ended cities’ redevelopment agencies, Fresno has been struggling to redevelop blighted properties. That could change, one council member says, if the city adopts tax increment financing. [The Fresno Bee]Ever since the state ended cities’ redevelopment agencies, Fresno has been struggling to redevelop blighted properties. That could change, one council member says, if the city adopts tax increment financing. [The Fresno Bee]
The documentary about women who have accused Russell Simmons of sexual misconduct will appear on HBO Max after Oprah Winfrey and Apple’s streaming service dropped the film last month. [The New York Times]The documentary about women who have accused Russell Simmons of sexual misconduct will appear on HBO Max after Oprah Winfrey and Apple’s streaming service dropped the film last month. [The New York Times]
The gap between tech’s wealthiest companies — the Alphabets, the Apples, the Amazons — and the rest of the industry is widening. And it’s not expected to reverse course. [The New York Times]The gap between tech’s wealthiest companies — the Alphabets, the Apples, the Amazons — and the rest of the industry is widening. And it’s not expected to reverse course. [The New York Times]
YouTube said it would ban misleading content, specifically if it’s related to elections. [The New York Times]YouTube said it would ban misleading content, specifically if it’s related to elections. [The New York Times]
Elon Musk can’t lose. Just look at the court case Vernon Unsworth v. Elon Musk. [Buzzfeed News]Elon Musk can’t lose. Just look at the court case Vernon Unsworth v. Elon Musk. [Buzzfeed News]
“BoJack Horseman,” an animated show about mortality, depression and show business, released its final episodes on Friday. One more thing it’s likely to be remembered for: Some top-notch animal visual puns. [The New York Times]“BoJack Horseman,” an animated show about mortality, depression and show business, released its final episodes on Friday. One more thing it’s likely to be remembered for: Some top-notch animal visual puns. [The New York Times]
A contested plan for an art installation in Petaluma is slowly making its way through environmental review. The project consists of a series of bathtubs on stilts. [Argus-Courier]A contested plan for an art installation in Petaluma is slowly making its way through environmental review. The project consists of a series of bathtubs on stilts. [Argus-Courier]
Last winter, atmospheric rivers drenched the state, yielding a super bloom.Last winter, atmospheric rivers drenched the state, yielding a super bloom.
The state’s deserts exploded in color, and Instagrammers descended. Some drew the ire of locals and environmentalists, who saw people trampling flowers and clogging traffic in pursuit of the perfect shot.The state’s deserts exploded in color, and Instagrammers descended. Some drew the ire of locals and environmentalists, who saw people trampling flowers and clogging traffic in pursuit of the perfect shot.
This year, though, The Desert Sun reported that such a profusion of wildflowers is less likely, thanks to a drier start to the year.This year, though, The Desert Sun reported that such a profusion of wildflowers is less likely, thanks to a drier start to the year.
Still, the piece offered some tips for flower peeping; it’ll still be beautiful, if less gregariously colored.Still, the piece offered some tips for flower peeping; it’ll still be beautiful, if less gregariously colored.
And I suspect that the advice I got last year from Casey Schreiner, the founder and editor of Modern Hiker, will still hold up for optimizing spring nature excursions: Do a little research and be flexible. (Here’s how.)And I suspect that the advice I got last year from Casey Schreiner, the founder and editor of Modern Hiker, will still hold up for optimizing spring nature excursions: Do a little research and be flexible. (Here’s how.)
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Jill Cowan grew up in Orange County, graduated from U.C. Berkeley and has reported all over the state, including the Bay Area, Bakersfield and Los Angeles — but she always wants to see more. Follow along here or on Twitter, @jillcowan.Jill Cowan grew up in Orange County, graduated from U.C. Berkeley and has reported all over the state, including the Bay Area, Bakersfield and Los Angeles — but she always wants to see more. Follow along here or on Twitter, @jillcowan.
California Today is edited by Julie Bloom, who grew up in Los Angeles and graduated from U.C. Berkeley.California Today is edited by Julie Bloom, who grew up in Los Angeles and graduated from U.C. Berkeley.