L.A. World Series celebrations present potential COVID-19 risk

The city of L.A. is celebrating another championship, but are they doing so safely?

Large-scale celebrations took place in downtown Los Angeles Tuesday, Oct. 27 night after the Dodgers won their first World Series title since 1988.

David Suarez, a lifelong Dodgers fan, described the victory as “a moment I’ve waited for all my life.”

But health experts like Rita Burke, Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine, worry that this will lead to an uptick in COVID-19 cases.

“It’s just really disconcerting to see people celebrating again,” Professor Burke said. “Completely understandable, but we are really discouraging them from gathering in order to continue the downtrend of cases and positivity rate so that we can open sooner.”

Suarez, who went to the celebrations, said that while there were a lot of people walking around, most stayed in their cars and wore masks.

“It was really a huge celebration, but this was the celebration that I would expect during a pandemic,” Suarez said.

But even while he celebrated, Suarez said, the pandemic was always on his mind. He often asked others who weren’t wearing masks to put them on because “it’s still going on, and so we have to take care of each other.”

Professor Burke said that ideally, people should only be socializing with people outside their bubble with masks on."Even though it may not feel like it, COVID is still going on, it hasn’t gone anyway. It’s going to be with us for a while," Burke said.

In response to the large gatherings of fans, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti tweeted for people to not host or attend victory parties or gather in large groups.