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Los Angeles County urges masks indoors as Delta variants spreads

Los Angeles County officers need everybody, together with these absolutely vaccinated in opposition to COVID-19, to maintain carrying masks indoors as the Delta variant spreads. Public well being officers mentioned the Delta variant, first detected in India, lately comprised practically half of all variants discovered regionally, according to CBS Los Angeles. 

Health officers urged folks to put on masks in locations such as grocery shops, retail areas, film theaters and different indoor locations the place vaccination statuses are unknown. 

“Until we better understand how and to who the Delta variant is spreading, everyone should focus on maximum protection with minimum interruption to routine as all businesses operate without other restrictions, like physical distancing and capacity limits,” the Los Angeles Department of Public Health mentioned in a press release Monday. 

Nearly 70% of Los Angeles County residents 16 and older have been not less than partially vaccinated. Of the greater than 400,000 coronavirus instances reported within the county since December, practically each one occurred among the many unvaccinated. The identical is true for COVID-related deaths. 

“This is a pandemic of unvaccinated people,” mentioned Barbara Ferrer, Los Angeles County’s public well being director. 

The Delta variant contains 95% of all new instances within the United Kingdom and is prompting new lockdowns in Asia and Australia. In the U.S., it is in all 50 states. 

Why is the Delta variant extra harmful? “It could be that it’s better at actually attaching to a human cell and entering it,” mentioned CBS News chief medical correspondent Dr. Jon LaPook. 

“I am concerned that that over time, the more chance you have this virus to mutate, the more chance it has of mutating into a form that can wreak more havoc,” he mentioned. “You worry that over time, the immunity that we’ve developed, either because of previous infection with COVID or because of vaccination, is going to wane as the virus continues to evolve.”