If trees blossomed at the end of January where you live, your allergies may have already flared up.
Dr. Kent Pinkerton of UC Davis’ Center for Health and the Environment says it’s not so clear how the drought will affect the allergy season this year.
Dry conditions could prevent pollen-producing vegetation from flourishing, but then again, it doesn’t take much rain to make flowers grow.
“If we do have an earlier blossom season than indeed we could have an earlier or perhaps a more sustained or longer pollen season than normal.”
But Pinkerton says people with allergies should watch out for other conditions caused by the drought this year – like dust in the air.
And smoke during the wildfire season could further compound respiratory problems.
Health insurance rates will rise an average of 4 percent next year for people buying insurance through California’s health exchange.
Covered California will announce its 2016 health insurance rates Monday.
The California Senate held two hearings today as part of special legislative sessions ordered by Governor Jerry Brown. The sessions will deal with infrastructure and health financing. But some lawmakers wonder what they will accomplish.