Coronavirus Update: Despite Relief Measures, Many L.A. Renters Are Worried

Also navigating benefit bureaucracy, a projected death count peak, and more

» Tenant protections established in L.A. aren’t doing enough to help some renters. Many details of seeking rent relief are complicated and unclear. [Curbed]

» Millions of workers have been told they qualify for special pandemic-relief unemployment benefits but are trapped in bureaucratic limbo. The group includes gig economy workers and contractors who had not traditionally considered “employees.” [Los Angeles Times]

» South Korea and Singapore owe some of their containment success to contact tracing technology. Will Americans be willing to adopt it?  [The Atlantic]

» Riverside cops may issue tickets with fines up to $1,000 to people caught going out in public without face coverings. The threat of increased enforcement comes after many individuals were observed ignoring an earlier recommendation. [CBS Los Angeles]

» Zoom is under fire for huge security vulnerabilities. The video conference system has become a staple of work-from-home life for many, but with popularity comes increased risk. [The Verge]

» One model shows California’s coronavirus death count peaking on April 17. While the state is by far the most populous in the U.S., it could weather the pandemic with a death toll similar to much smaller states like Kentucky and Virginia. [NPR]


» As People Stay Home, Crime Is Down in L.A. According to the LAPD, only auto thefts increased year over year

» As Many Stay Home, L.A.’s Air Quality Is Better Than It’s Been in Decades Even when city life resumes post-pandemic, one expert hopes telecommuting is here to stay

» Preparing to Give Birth During the Pandemic Can Be Challenging at Best As one expectant L.A. mother told us, ’All of my plans have gone out the window’


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These Local Brands Are Selling Non-Medical Masks to Help You Stay Safe

The best prevention is staying home, but if you do venture outside for a walk or food pick-up, authorities recommend wearing a face mask over your nose and mouth. Not, of course, the in-demand medical-grade N95 masks–those are still urgently needed by health care workers and shouldn’t be bought up by the general public–but at least a decent shield to keep your microbes in and other microbes out as well as fabric can.


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