COVID Crackdowns at Work Have Saved Black and Latino Lives, LA Officials Say

Los Angeles County officials attribute a dramatic decline in COVID-19 death and case rates among Blacks and Latinos over the past two months to aggressive workplace health enforcement and the opening of tip lines to report violations.

Now, officials intend to cement those gains by creating workplace councils among employees trained to look for COVID-19 prevention violations and correct or report them — without fear of being fired or punished.

Cal/OSHA, the state’s workplace safety and health authority, is overwhelmed with complaints and tips about COVID-19 violations, and the county’s health investigators — there were officially 346 of them as of last Friday — can’t possibly keep tabs on all of Los Angeles’ more than 240,000 businesses, labor advocates say.

The councils could help keep Los Angeles from backsliding on its progress

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Sleepless Nights, Hair Loss and Cracked Teeth: Pandemic Stress Takes Its Toll

In late March, shortly after New York state closed nonessential businesses and asked people to stay home, Ashley Laderer began waking each morning with a throbbing headache.

“The pressure was so intense it felt like my head was going to explode,” recalled the 27-year-old freelance writer from Long Island.

She tried spending less time on the computer and taking over-the-counter pain medication, but the pounding kept breaking through — a constant drumbeat to accompany her equally incessant worries about COVID-19.

After a month and a half with a pounding headache, Ashley Laderer decided to visit a neurologist, who ordered an MRI. But the doctor found no physical cause. The scan was clear.(Alissa Castleton)

“Every day I lived in fear that I was going to get it and I was going to infect

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It’s a fall thing: Time for flu shots | Health Beat

Make your plan today to keep the flu at bay this season. (For Spectrum Health Beat)

Bake an apple pie. Admire colorful leaves. Sip a pumpkin spice latte.

And roll up your sleeve for a flu vaccine.

If you include that quick shot in the arm in your autumn traditions, you boost your odds of avoiding influenza in the chilly months to come, says Rosemary Olivero, MD, a pediatric infectious disease specialist with Spectrum Health Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital.

“Even normally healthy people can get severe influenza,” she said. “You can still get hospitalized. You can still get secondary bacterial pneumonia.”

And vaccinations communitywide can protect those at greatest risk from influenza, particularly babies who are too young for the vaccine.

“Our very young and our very old are always going to be at the highest risk for severe influenza,” she said.

Also at high risk: pregnant women,

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