Karen Kaplan is science and medicine editor at the Los Angeles Times. Before joining the science group in 2005, she covered technology in the Business section for 10 years. She is a graduate of MIT and Columbia University. In a parallel universe without journalism, she’d have a career in economics, genetics, biostatistics or some other field that describes the world in math.
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Experts are unsure if we’ll see a downswing in the virus over the next few months. “This virus throws us curve balls all the time,” noted a scientist.
About 1 in 6 American adults still insist they’re just fine without a COVID-19 vaccine and have no plan to get one. Could Novavax change their minds?
It hardly seemed possible on Feb. 6, 2020, when the first official COVID-19 fatality was recorded in the U.S. that 999,999 others would follow.
The L.A. Police Department said its mask mandate wasn’t just for show: Those who didn’t comply would be held accountable. That doesn’t seem to be happening.
Coachella and Stagecoach tested the hypothesis that if people ignore the coronavirus, it will return the favor.
Even if you wear a top-of-the-line N95 respirator, it won’t be as helpful as a mask on the face of a person who’s infected.