A New Wave of COVID Is Hitting the Bay. How's It Different?

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A yellow, white and black sign says "Free! Today COVID-19 Vaccine and Testing" with three people standing in the blurred background.
Free COVID-19 vaccine and testing signage is displayed during a City of Long Beach Public Health COVID-19 mobile vaccination clinic at the California State University, Long Beach campus on Aug. 11, 2021. (Patrick T. Fallon/AFP via Getty Images)

Currently, the Bay Area is California’s COVID hot spot.

The good news? Fewer people are being hospitalized or dying from COVID, thanks to the vaccine and the increased availability of treatments. This wave might also be a window into what life will look like going forward, without the public health mandates we saw at the pandemic’s peak. 

Guest: Lesley McClurg, KQED health correspondent 

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