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While Vaccines Offer Hope To Most, Parents Of Children Under 5 Grapple With Uncertainty

Published January 14, 2022 at 10:05 AM PST
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COVID-19 AMA: When Omicron Surge Might Peak, Upgrading Your Mask And More

Covid Update 1.14.22

In our continuing series looking at the latest medical research and news on COVID-19, Larry Mantle speaks with infectious disease specialist and professor of medicine at the UCSF Medical Center Dr. Peter Chin-Hong.

Topics today include:

  • California Omicron surge expected to peak within weeks 
  • New virus cases begin to slow in U.S. cities where Omicron hit first 
  • Starting Monday, L.A. County employers will be required to provide medical grade masks in the workplace 
  • Biden to double at-home COVID tests for Americans
  • Here’s one critical thing to check before you buy or use a rapid home COVID test  

While Vaccines Offer Hope To Most, Parents Of Children Under 5 Grapple With Uncertainty

Omicron And Stress On Parents 1.14.22

While both the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines have been approved for nearly every age group, children under 5 still remain ineligible for the jab. Pfizer has gone back to the drawing board after their two-shot regimen failed to produce an acceptable immune response in children, and results from Moderna's pediatric trials aren't expected until March. With the omicron variant now sweeping across the country, parents with children in this age group are anxiously awaiting approval for a pediatric vaccine while their frustration and worries grow.

Today on AirTalk, Larry is joined by Dean Blumberg, M.D., professor of medicine and chief of Pediatric Infectious Diseases at UC Davis Children’s Hospital, Dorian Traube, associate professor of social work in the USC and co-director of the Center for the Changing Family, and Mariana Dale, KPCC and LAist early childhood education reporter to take your questions about the pediatric vaccine approval process, how to handle stress during this time, and more.

FilmWeek: ‘Scream,’ ‘Who We Are,’ ‘Hotel Transylvania’ And More

FW Reviews 1.14.21

Larry Mantle and KPCC film critics Christy Lemire, Andy Klein and Charles Solomon review this weekend’s new movie releases on streaming and on demand platforms.

The Current State Of Movie Theaters As Omicron Surges, Plus What The Future Might Hold

FW Theaters Check In 1.14.21

The movies are clawing their way back in theaters, but, so far, not everyone is showing up like they used to. While certain segments of moviegoers are closer to pre-pandemic levels, older moviegoers and family audiences have been slower to return. That’s shrunk already narrow opportunities for non-franchise films to find audiences. Well before the pandemic, superheroes and spectacles were already a bigger and bigger slice of the box-office pie. Right now, they’re closer to the whole meal. That has some questioning what the future holds and how the industry moves forward. Today on FilmWeek, Larry talks with Patrick Corcoran, vice president and chief communications officer for the National Association of Theatre Owners, Greg Laemmle, president of Laemmle Theatres and Stephen Galloway, dean of the Chapman University Film School and former executive editor of the Hollywood Reporter.

With files from the Associated Press 

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