COVID in California: Latest updates about coronavirus trends in the Bay Area and state – San Francisco Chronicle

A 10-year-old’s battle with long COVID shows how a child’s life can be scrambled long after recovering from initial infection, and how little is known about what the lingering-recurring symptoms of the virus look like for the youngest patients. COVID infections in the Bay Area are finally dropping, and yet at the same time, five counties have fallen into the CDC’s highest risk category. Since the pandemic began, COVID-19 has claimed nearly 8,500 lives in the Bay Area.
Latest updates:
Close to 85 million Americans now have been infected with the coronavirus since the start of the pandemic. The death toll nationwide has risen to nearly 1.01 million, data from Johns Hopkins researchers shows. More than 90,000 Californians have died from the virus, and in the Bay Area, the virus has taken nearly 8,500 lives to date. Child’s long COVID shows how little we know about the lingering symptoms for kids. The current surge in cases has started to taper off in the Bay Area, but cases are on the upswing in the nation overall.
Few studies have focused on children who find their childhood disrupted by COVID months after recovering from the illness. Read about one Bay Area child’s struggles to live like a normal kid while fighting all-over pain, hair loss and the big life-disruptor, fatigue.
An Orange County man agreed to plead guilty to a $5-million COVID-19 relief loan scam, the U.S. attorney’s office announced. Raghavender Reddy Budamala, 35, of Irvine allegedly used relief loans to purchase a $1.2-million “investment property” in Eagle Rock, a Malibu property worth close to $600,000 and a “personal residence” in Irvine. Budamala deposited nearly $3 million into a personal account, the U.S. attorney said in a statement on Friday. Budamala will admit in a plea agreement on June 21 to one count of bank fraud and one count of money laundering and will forfeit all of the money he gained during the scheme, the U.S. attorney said. He faces up to 40 years imprisonment.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is looking at death certificates from across the country to explore whether long COVID could cause peple to die, Politico reports, citing two people familiar with the matter. The National Center for Health Statistics, a division of the CDC, is now reviewing a batch of death certificats from 2020 and 2021, in the first review of its kind and indicates that long COVID and its health complications could lead to death. NCHS is set to publish preliminary data from its analysis in the coming days, Politico reported.
Rita Beamish is The San Francisco Chronicle topic editor.


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