With Delta variant on the rise in L.A. County, vaccinations urged
While COVID-19 case, hospitalization and death rates remain low in Los Angeles County, this particular variant — which could be two times as transmissible as the conventional strain — presents particular risk of prolonging the pandemic, primarily on the backs of those who have yet to get their shots. (Source: L.A. Times - Health)
Source: L.A. Times - Health - June 25, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Luke Money, Rong-Gong Lin II Source Type: news

3 in 5 Californians now at least partially vaccinated against COVID-19
More than 60% of Californians have now received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine, federal figures show — the latest milestone in the state's vaccine rollout. (Source: L.A. Times - Health)
Source: L.A. Times - Health - June 24, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Luke Money, Rong-Gong Lin II Source Type: news

Everything you want to know about COVID-19 booster shots
If scientists discover that immunity to the coronavirus starts to wane months or years after vaccination, a booster shot could be deployed. (Source: L.A. Times - Health)
Source: L.A. Times - Health - June 24, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Deborah Netburn Source Type: news

How worried should I be about the COVID-19 Delta variant?
The Delta variant, the fourth most-often identified variant in California, may be twice as transmissible as the conventional strain. Unvaccinated people are most at risk. (Source: L.A. Times - Health)
Source: L.A. Times - Health - June 24, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Rong-Gong Lin II, Luke Money Source Type: news

Delta variant is spreading in California as COVID-19 battle enters an uncertain phase
California is contending with what could be the most contagious coronavirus variant to date, prompting officials to warn that residents face significant risk if they are not vaccinated. (Source: L.A. Times - Health)
Source: L.A. Times - Health - June 24, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Luke Money, Rong-Gong Lin II Source Type: news

California's COVID-19 vaccinations rise as U.S. struggles. Does the lottery deserve credit?
Though it is impossible to say for sure, some suggest the state's $116.5-million incentive program probably sparked renewed interest in getting a shot. (Source: L.A. Times - Health)
Source: L.A. Times - Health - June 23, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Rong-Gong Lin II, Luke Money, Matt Stiles Source Type: news

Podcast: The ways to heal from COVID-19 PTSD
PTSD after a case of COVID-19 is not unusual. Here's how to help the healing process (Source: L.A. Times - Health)
Source: L.A. Times - Health - June 23, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Letters to the Editor: You're vaccinated. This is why I still need you to wear a mask
A reader who cannot be vaccinated responds to a letter that said it makes no sense for people to continue to mask after receiving COVID-19 shots. (Source: L.A. Times - Health)
Source: L.A. Times - Health - June 23, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Letters to the Editor: Fire the first responders who refuse COVID-19 vaccination
Police and firefighters interact with members of the public constantly. Their refusal to get vaccinated puts everyone at risk. (Source: L.A. Times - Health)
Source: L.A. Times - Health - June 23, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

More than 150 Houston hospital workers fired or quit after refusing COVID-19 vaccine
Houston hospital fires staff for refusing coronavirus vaccine, sparking anti-vax protests (Source: L.A. Times - Health)
Source: L.A. Times - Health - June 23, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Molly Hennessy-Fiske, Emily Baumgaertner Source Type: news

LAPD examines whether it could make COVID-19 vaccine mandatory for cops
The L.A. Police Commission requested the LAPD report on a possible COVID-19 vaccination mandate and the work assignments of its unvaccinated personnel. (Source: L.A. Times - Health)
Source: L.A. Times - Health - June 22, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Kevin Rector Source Type: news

After protests, Foo Fighters will reopen the Forum with first full-capacity crowd
Dave Grohl and Foo Fighters announce a July concert at the Forum. With California reopened, guests will self-attest as to their vaccination status. (Source: L.A. Times - Health)
Source: L.A. Times - Health - June 22, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christie D'Zurilla Source Type: news

Santa Clara County had the state's first COVID-19 rules. It just dropped its final one
Santa Clara County had the first recorded COVID-19 death in the nation. Now, more than 71% of its residents are at least partially vaccinated against the illness. (Source: L.A. Times - Health)
Source: L.A. Times - Health - June 22, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Rong-Gong Lin II Source Type: news

Black, Latino residents see less progress in coronavirus case rates than whites in L.A. County
Coronavirus case rates for Black residents dropped by 13% and by 22% for Latino residents, while cases have dropped by 33% for white residents. (Source: L.A. Times - Health)
Source: L.A. Times - Health - June 22, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Rong-Gong Lin II, Luke Money Source Type: news

California's digital COVID-19 vaccination record has glitches. Here's how to fix yours
California has received nearly 70,000 forms by residents looking to correct or complete their vaccination information, the state Department of Public Health says. (Source: L.A. Times - Health)
Source: L.A. Times - Health - June 21, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Luke Money Source Type: news

From Silver Lake to Boyle Heights to Agoura Hills, jubilant clubgoers celebrate L.A.'s reopening
'Everyone's so happy to be back,' said one patron at Silver Lake's Akbar, echoing the sentiment heard across town as clubs and bars re-open. (Source: L.A. Times - Health)
Source: L.A. Times - Health - June 21, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Mikael Wood, August Brown, Suzy Exposito Source Type: news

COVID-19 might shrink parts of the brain, scientists say
It's not clear how the coronavirus causes parts of the brain to shrink, if it's due to the virus or COVID-19 symptoms, a former FDA official says. (Source: L.A. Times - Health)
Source: L.A. Times - Health - June 21, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Rong-Gong Lin II Source Type: news

Letters to the Editor: I am vaccinated and, now, unmasked. Why shouldn't I be?
Going around wearing a mask when you are vaccinated and healthy is neurotic, not normal. (Source: L.A. Times - Health)
Source: L.A. Times - Health - June 21, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Border COVID-19 vaccination plan with U.S.-donated shots starts in Baja California
This COVID-19 vaccination strategy is considered key to reopen the U.S.-Mexico land border crossing, which has been closed to nonessential travel. (Source: L.A. Times - Health)
Source: L.A. Times - Health - June 19, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Alexandra Mendoza Source Type: news

L.A.'s COVID-19 death rate falls below that of Bay Area in another sign of widening recovery
L.A. County is reporting about two COVID-19 deaths a day, while the Bay Area is reporting four. (Source: L.A. Times - Health)
Source: L.A. Times - Health - June 19, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Rong-Gong Lin II, Luke Money, Sean Greene Source Type: news

Opinion: Meet post-June 15 California, which feels a lot like pre-June 15 California
California has finally reopened its economy after more than a year of COVID restrictions, but many readers are wary of resuming 'normal' life. (Source: L.A. Times - Health)
Source: L.A. Times - Health - June 19, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Paul Thornton Source Type: news

Businesses see opportunity and risk in California's digital vaccine records
California is digitizing COVID-19 vaccine cards, making it easier for people to prove they have been inoculated. But many businesses are worried asking to see proof of vaccination could scare off customers. (Source: L.A. Times - Health)
Source: L.A. Times - Health - June 19, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Carly Olson, Andrea Chang, Hugo Mart ín Source Type: news

'Hungry to celebrate being alive': California reopening fuels job growth
Unemployment in California fell to 7.9% in May, the fourth month state payrolls grew by more than 100,000 jobs. Still, full recovery will be slow. (Source: L.A. Times - Health)
Source: L.A. Times - Health - June 18, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Margot Roosevelt Source Type: news

For L.A.'s first fully reopened weekend, 12 basic Angeleno skills you may have forgotten
Reopening lessons: Leave time to park, don't talk at the movies and 10 more important things Angelenos forgot in the pandemic (Source: L.A. Times - Health)
Source: L.A. Times - Health - June 18, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Mary McNamara Source Type: news

Europe opens to American tourists: Spain's (cruise) ship finally comes in
After a year-plus of coronavirus suffering, nascent reopening to tourism in Spain and elsewhere in Europe brings hopes for economic revival. (Source: L.A. Times - Health)
Source: L.A. Times - Health - June 18, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Claudia N úñez Source Type: news

California unveils system to provide digital COVID-19 vaccine records
Californians can now access a digital copy of their COVID-19 vaccination record as part of a new system unveiled by the state, officials said. (Source: L.A. Times - Health)
Source: L.A. Times - Health - June 18, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Luke Money Source Type: news

California finally has rules for returning to the office. Here is what they are
Fully vaccinated employees in most workplaces can now stop wearing masks in their places of employment. (Source: L.A. Times - Health)
Source: L.A. Times - Health - June 18, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Luke Money Source Type: news

Column: Don't just accept a cut to your credit limit. You can fight back
A South L.A. woman was told the limit on a credit card she's held for 36 years was reduced because she didn't use it enough during the pandemic. (Source: L.A. Times - Health)
Source: L.A. Times - Health - June 18, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: David Lazarus Source Type: news

L.A. Affairs: How my partner gave me the gift of more time — with my father
Sitting with my 96-year-old dad, and my partner, Dennis, I'd look back and forth between the two of them and see love past, present and future. (Source: L.A. Times - Health)
Source: L.A. Times - Health - June 18, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Lauren Spencer Source Type: news

Some vaccine experts having second thoughts about rushing to inoculate kids
A growing contingent of medical experts is questioning the conventional wisdom that healthy children should get COVID-19 shots as soon as possible. (Source: L.A. Times - Health)
Source: L.A. Times - Health - June 18, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Melissa Healy Source Type: news

Californians will again have to show they're job hunting to receive unemployment benefits
With the pandemic waning, Californians who receive unemployment benefits will next month have to start showing that they are looking for work (Source: L.A. Times - Health)
Source: L.A. Times - Health - June 17, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Patrick McGreevy Source Type: news

California loosens mask rules for vaccinated employees
A state board ends physical distancing requirements for California workers and says many fully vaccinated employees can stop wearing masks. (Source: L.A. Times - Health)
Source: L.A. Times - Health - June 17, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Luke Money Source Type: news

As bookstores struggled with COVID-19, this Culver City shop was just opening
Village Well Books & Coffee opened in L.A.'s worst pandemic month, on a famously doomed corner. For owner Jennifer Caspar, it was all a lucky break. (Source: L.A. Times - Health)
Source: L.A. Times - Health - June 17, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Dorany Pineda Source Type: news

'I will never forget Karl, the friend, the protector, the dignified and compassionate escort of the dead'
Dr. Courtney Martin is medical director for maternity services at Loma Linda University Children's Hospital. During the pandemic, she split her time between maternity COVID patients and an overflow COVID-19 ward. (Source: L.A. Times - Health)
Source: L.A. Times - Health - June 17, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Courtney Martin Source Type: news

It wasn't just anyone who collected the bodies of the hospital's COVID victims. It was Karl
The man collecting the Loma Linda hospital's COVID victims was all but invisible (Source: L.A. Times - Health)
Source: L.A. Times - Health - June 17, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Maria L. La Ganga Source Type: news

What workers want from customers: Don't be a jerk, say if you're vaccinated, and please keep masking
Now that California has eased its COVID rules, many customers at stores, restaurants and hotels want things to be normal. Here's what workers think. (Source: L.A. Times - Health)
Source: L.A. Times - Health - June 16, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Andrew Mendez, Andrea Chang, Hugo Mart ín, Jack Flemming Source Type: news

Anti-vaxxers protest sold-out Foo Fighters concert at Agoura Hills club
Dozens of protesters gathered outside Agoura Hills' Canyon Club concert venue, where Foo Fighters held a full-capacity show only for vaccinated fans. (Source: L.A. Times - Health)
Source: L.A. Times - Health - June 16, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christi Carras Source Type: news

It turns out some Californians aren't eager to shed their masks just yet
California fully reopened Tuesday, so residents who are fully vaccinated were able to go into many public places without masks, but many kept them on. (Source: L.A. Times - Health)
Source: L.A. Times - Health - June 16, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Priscella Vega, Luke Money, Andrew J. Campa, Lila Seidman, Chris Kuo Source Type: news

7 big lessons I've learned from a life of moviegoing — and why I'm overjoyed to return
Warning: Justin Chang's "return to the movies" essay is a tear-jerker. But you'll laugh too as he revisits cinematic memories and ponders post-pandemic moviegoing. (Source: L.A. Times - Health)
Source: L.A. Times - Health - June 16, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Justin Chang Source Type: news

How L.A.'s indie bookstores survived the worst of the pandemic
After a brutal year of economic uncertainty, booksellers in L.A. are expecting a full recovery. But the June 15 reopening is reigniting safety concerns. (Source: L.A. Times - Health)
Source: L.A. Times - Health - June 16, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Dorany Pineda Source Type: news

Many Californians keep masks on as economy reopens, saying better safe than sorry
Despite Tuesday's massive reopening and the loosening of COVID-19 rules in California, many continue to wear masks in public. (Source: L.A. Times - Health)
Source: L.A. Times - Health - June 15, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Andrew J. Campa, Priscella Vega, Lila Seidman Source Type: news

Cable cars to return to San Francisco as pandemic ebbs, city reopens
San Francisco Mayor London Breed announced Tuesday that cable cars will resume running in August with free ridership for a month. (Source: L.A. Times - Health)
Source: L.A. Times - Health - June 15, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Maura Dolan Source Type: news

San Francisco to require staff in hospitals, jails and nursing homes to get COVID-19 vaccine
The San Francisco order will go into effect once the FDA gives formal approval for one of the COVID-19 vaccines. (Source: L.A. Times - Health)
Source: L.A. Times - Health - June 15, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Rong-Gong Lin II Source Type: news

California reopens to joy, tinged with sorrow over 63,000 dead
As of Tuesday, restrictions were lifted at most businesses, and Californians fully vaccinated for COVID-19 could go without masks in most settings. (Source: L.A. Times - Health)
Source: L.A. Times - Health - June 15, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Andrew J. Campa, Priscella Vega, Chris Kuo, Lila Seidman, Luke Money, Rong-Gong Lin II Source Type: news

California reopens to joy, celebrations: 'It's one of the best days of my life'
As of Tuesday, restrictions are lifted at most businesses, and Californians fully vaccinated for COVID-19 can go without masks in most settings. (Source: L.A. Times - Health)
Source: L.A. Times - Health - June 15, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Luke Money, Chris Kuo, Andrew J. Campa, Priscella Vega, Rong-Gong Lin II Source Type: news

Who wants to be a millionaire? Four in L.A. County win COVID-19 vaccine lottery grand prizes
Gov. Newsom selected 10 top winners Tuesday in California's COVID-19 vaccine sweepstakes. Each takes home $1.5 million. (Source: L.A. Times - Health)
Source: L.A. Times - Health - June 15, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Luke Money, Faith E. Pinho, Rong-Gong Lin II Source Type: news

Who wants to be a millionaire? COVID vaccine lottery grand-prize drawing is today
Gov. Newsom will be in L.A. County on Tuesday for the selection of 10 top winners in California's vaccine sweepstakes. Each takes home $1.5 million. (Source: L.A. Times - Health)
Source: L.A. Times - Health - June 15, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Luke Money, Rong-Gong Lin II Source Type: news

California reopening: Why officials say it's safer this time around
Tuesday is not the first time California has tried to reopen its economy during the COVID-19 pandemic. But officials are hopeful it will be the last. (Source: L.A. Times - Health)
Source: L.A. Times - Health - June 15, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Luke Money, Rong-Gong Lin II Source Type: news

Column: For families of COVID victims, an agonizing wait for burials and paperwork
Her brother succumbed to COVID-19 in February. It took months to bury him. And longer still to secure a death certificate. (Source: L.A. Times - Health)
Source: L.A. Times - Health - June 15, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: David Lazarus Source Type: news