Hotel workers allege luxury Santa Monica hotel violates COVID-19 safety rules
Housekeeping workers at the JW Marriott Santa Monica Le Merigot filed a complaint on Thursday with the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health, the latest allegation of COVID-19 safety violations in a Los Angeles workplace. (Source: L.A. Times - Health)
Source: L.A. Times - Health - February 26, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Suhauna Hussain, Hugo Mart ín Source Type: news

San Clemente City Council sent home after councilwoman refuses to wear mask
Councilwoman Laura Ferguson said she was behind a plexiglass divider and more than 6 feet from her colleagues. (Source: L.A. Times - Health)
Source: L.A. Times - Health - February 26, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Ben Brazil Source Type: news

L.A. County COVID-19 hospitalizations hit three-month low while MIS-C cases climb
Although hospitalizations are down, the county is reporting 10 additional cases of MIS-C in children. (Source: L.A. Times - Health)
Source: L.A. Times - Health - February 26, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Hayley Smith, Rong-Gong Lin II Source Type: news

Coronavirus spreads readily in gyms when people don't wear masks
The CDC is urging stricter precautions for gymgoers after tracing coronavirus outbreaks to fitness centers where patrons exercised without wearing masks. (Source: L.A. Times - Health)
Source: L.A. Times - Health - February 26, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Amina Khan Source Type: news

Trinity League finalizes its spring high school football schedule
Santa Ana Mater Dei is scheduled to face Bellflower St. John Bosco in the last Trinity League game of the season on April 16 at at Santa Ana Bowl. (Source: L.A. Times - Health)
Source: L.A. Times - Health - February 26, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Eric Sondheimer Source Type: news

COVID-19 vaccines prioritized for California educators will focus on struggling communities
Guidelines released Thursday show California's new program earmarking 10% of COVID-19 vaccines will be reserved for K-12 school employees and those who work in child care positions. (Source: L.A. Times - Health)
Source: L.A. Times - Health - February 25, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: John Myers Source Type: news

Four reasons why Zoom is so exhausting and what you can do about it
Turns out, there's scientific literature to support why we find videoconferencing so draining. (Source: L.A. Times - Health)
Source: L.A. Times - Health - February 25, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jennifer Lu Source Type: news

I'm fully vaccinated. Can I hug a friend? Eat indoors? See a movie? Here are answers
There's still a risk if one person has been vaccinated against COVID-19 and another person hasn't been, experts say. (Source: L.A. Times - Health)
Source: L.A. Times - Health - February 25, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Rong-Gong Lin II, Luke Money, Chris Megerian Source Type: news

Educators eligible for vaccine in San Bernardino, Ventura counties
Teachers, school staff and childcare providers are among those eligible for vaccinations in San Bernardino and Ventura counties. (Source: L.A. Times - Health)
Source: L.A. Times - Health - February 25, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jennifer Lu Source Type: news

Disneyland COVID-19 vaccine site shuttered amid Santa Ana winds
Officials worry that heavy winds could topple the large white tents set up in the Anaheim parking lots. The site is expected to reopen Friday if winds subside. (Source: L.A. Times - Health)
Source: L.A. Times - Health - February 25, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Erin B. Logan Source Type: news

L.A. County discovers 806 additional COVID-19 deaths overlooked in winter surge
The backlog of coronavirus-related fatalities, most of which occurred in December and January, was discovered following extensive checks of death records. (Source: L.A. Times - Health)
Source: L.A. Times - Health - February 25, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Rong-Gong Lin II, Hayley Smith Source Type: news

COVID-19 vaccine tiers may disappear as supply chain ramps up, Garcetti says
Tuesday was the second-busiest day at city-run vaccination sites, L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti said, and doses are expected to improve in coming weeks. (Source: L.A. Times - Health)
Source: L.A. Times - Health - February 25, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Hayley Smith Source Type: news

Sex, travel, peace of mind. How life is changing for some of the fully vaccinated
The pervasive fear is gone, though not everyone is ready to resume pre-pandemic habits after receiving both vaccine doses. (Source: L.A. Times - Health)
Source: L.A. Times - Health - February 25, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Maura Dolan, Alejandra Reyes-Velarde Source Type: news

L.A. Unified will get 40% of school staff vaccine doses in effort to target neediest areas
Forty percent of coronavirus vaccines for school staff in Los Angeles County will go to L.A. Unified (Source: L.A. Times - Health)
Source: L.A. Times - Health - February 25, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Howard Blume Source Type: news

COVID-19 vaccine websites violate disability laws, create inequity for the blind
Inaccessible websites limit the ability of blind or visually impaired people to sign up for vaccines, a Kaiser Health News investigation has found. (Source: L.A. Times - Health)
Source: L.A. Times - Health - February 25, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Lauren Weber, Hannah Recht Source Type: news

Letters to the Editor: A vaccine rollout for affluent white people who drive
Once again, the haves are trampling over the have-nots to gain an advantage — this time, by misusing vaccine codes meant for underserved communities. (Source: L.A. Times - Health)
Source: L.A. Times - Health - February 25, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

West Covina City Council votes to quit L.A. County health department over COVID rules
Alleging the L.A. County health department has failed West Covina residents and businesses, the City Council voted to form its own health department. (Source: L.A. Times - Health)
Source: L.A. Times - Health - February 25, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Kevin Rector Source Type: news

Pfizer's vaccine trial data holds up in the real world, according to large-scale study in Israel
A new study from Israel strongly suggests that the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine works as well in the real world as it does in clinical trials. (Source: L.A. Times - Health)
Source: L.A. Times - Health - February 25, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Emily Baumgaertner Source Type: news

California tops 50,000 COVID-19 deaths amid fears of new variants
California has surpassed 50,000 COVID-19 deaths, a tally that came as Los Angeles County reported a backlog of more than 800 (Source: L.A. Times - Health)
Source: L.A. Times - Health - February 24, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Rong-Gong Lin II, Melissa Healy Source Type: news

O.C. supervisor candidate Moorlach and his wife test positive for coronavirus
The former state senator said he and wife Trina are feeling fine and isolating at home after learning Tuesday they'd both been infected, two weeks before the March 9 special election. (Source: L.A. Times - Health)
Source: L.A. Times - Health - February 24, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Sara Cardine Source Type: news

L.A. City Council approves 'hero pay' wage boost for grocery workers
The Los Angeles City Council approved a $5-an-hour temporary boost for grocery workers, a move that could bring a legal challenge from the grocery store industry. (Source: L.A. Times - Health)
Source: L.A. Times - Health - February 24, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Dakota Smith Source Type: news

The 'nightmare scenario' for California's coronavirus strain: Here is what we know
Scientists fear "nightmare scenario" where a patient is infected by two different coronavirus strains that swap mutations and become more dangerous. (Source: L.A. Times - Health)
Source: L.A. Times - Health - February 24, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Melissa Healy Source Type: news

Column: Of course, Californians misused vaccine codes. The system is designed for cheating
The problem isn't the order in which people can book their appointments online. It's the fact that people have to get online at all. (Source: L.A. Times - Health)
Source: L.A. Times - Health - February 24, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Erika D. Smith Source Type: news

Column: Of course, Californians misused vaccine codes. The system is designed for grift
The problem isn't the order in which people can book their appointments online. It's the fact that people have to get online at all. (Source: L.A. Times - Health)
Source: L.A. Times - Health - February 24, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Erika D. Smith Source Type: news

What the road map for reopening California after COVID-19 surge looks like
What the road map for reopening California after COVID-19 surge might look like (Source: L.A. Times - Health)
Source: L.A. Times - Health - February 24, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Rong-Gong Lin II Source Type: news

Coronavirus infection leads to immunity that's comparable to a COVID-19 vaccine
After 90 days, the immunity developed in response to a coronavirus infection is about as protective as a COVID-19 vaccine, according to a new study. (Source: L.A. Times - Health)
Source: L.A. Times - Health - February 24, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Amina Khan Source Type: news

L.A. school reopening contingent on full staff vaccinations, making for uncertain date
L.A. schools are moving forward with reopening plans that allow time for workers to be fully immunized against COVID-19 — which could result in campuses staying closed for the rest of the academic year. (Source: L.A. Times - Health)
Source: L.A. Times - Health - February 24, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Howard Blume Source Type: news

Column: What Oxnard can teach L.A. and the rest of California about COVID-19
A visit to Oxnard shows the difficulties facing California's Latinos in the fight against the coronavirus. (Source: L.A. Times - Health)
Source: L.A. Times - Health - February 24, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Gustavo Arellano Source Type: news

False claims in texts, emails led to misuse of vaccine codes intended for those in need
False information in texts and emails led some to unknowingly jump the vaccine line using special access codes meant for the needy. (Source: L.A. Times - Health)
Source: L.A. Times - Health - February 24, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Julia Wick, Laura J. Nelson, Maya Lau Source Type: news

Letters to the Editor: Saying 'open schools' is easy. Knowing how is much harder
Having kids and teachers back in the classroom requires money and procedures that the proponents of reopening all schools fail to mention. (Source: L.A. Times - Health)
Source: L.A. Times - Health - February 24, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

40% of inmates in California's corrections system have been vaccinated for COVID-19
About 40% of people in the custody of the state corrections system have received a dose of the coronavirus vaccine, progress that's been praised by advocates. (Source: L.A. Times - Health)
Source: L.A. Times - Health - February 24, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Leila Miller Source Type: news

Pandemic drives parents to put older kids in day care; providers 'literally had to become teachers'
Preschool and day-care workers across California say they are managing ad-hoc classrooms of older students while also caring for infants and toddlers. (Source: L.A. Times - Health)
Source: L.A. Times - Health - February 24, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Sonja Sharp Source Type: news

L.A. County approves 'hero pay' mandate of $5 an hour for grocery workers
The $5 an hour pay boost for grocery workers in unincorporated L.A. County begins Friday. The L.A. City Council is to pass a similar measure Wednesday. (Source: L.A. Times - Health)
Source: L.A. Times - Health - February 24, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jaclyn Cosgrove Source Type: news

Newsom vows changes after vaccine earmarked for hardest-hit communities improperly used by others
The announcement comes after The Times reported that codes meant for residents of neighborhoods hardest hit by the pandemic were being used by others. (Source: L.A. Times - Health)
Source: L.A. Times - Health - February 24, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Julia Wick, Maya Lau, Laura J. Nelson Source Type: news

Youth sports to resume outdoors in Orange County on Friday, officials say
New state guidelines clear the way for high-contact sports such as football, field hockey, rugby and water polo to resume (Source: L.A. Times - Health)
Source: L.A. Times - Health - February 23, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Hannah Fry, Andrew Turner Source Type: news

Letters to the Editor: Yes, it's the last president's fault that 500,000 Americans are dead
The pandemic did not have to be politicized, causing millions of people to refuse to wear masks and needlessly spread a virus that has killed 500,000 Americans. (Source: L.A. Times - Health)
Source: L.A. Times - Health - February 23, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

While L.A.'s coronavirus numbers improve, county reaches 'terrible milestone'
Even though daily coronavirus case counts are tumbling, Los Angeles County has now recorded 20,000 COVID-19 deaths. (Source: L.A. Times - Health)
Source: L.A. Times - Health - February 23, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Hayley Smith, Rong-Gong Lin II, Jaclyn Cosgrove Source Type: news

L.A. resumes COVID-19 vaccinations, with priority to those who lost appointments
City-run vaccination sites were open again after severe winter weather delayed supply shipments last week. (Source: L.A. Times - Health)
Source: L.A. Times - Health - February 23, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Hayley Smith Source Type: news

How do I get California's $600 COVID relief payment and how quickly will it come?
Here is what to expect in the coming weeks, along with some information about California's $600 COVID relief benefit. (Source: L.A. Times - Health)
Source: L.A. Times - Health - February 23, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Patrick McGreevy Source Type: news

More California restaurants, cinemas, gyms could reopen this week as COVID-19 cases drop
Several counties could be eligible to resume indoor operations, but don't expect changes in L.A. County anytime soon. (Source: L.A. Times - Health)
Source: L.A. Times - Health - February 23, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Rong-Gong Lin II, Hayley Smith Source Type: news

Californians broadly back COVID-19 hazard pay, protections for farmworkers, poll finds
A UC Berkeley IGS poll released Tuesday also found that people of color, especially Latinos and Native Americans, were hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic. (Source: L.A. Times - Health)
Source: L.A. Times - Health - February 23, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Erin B. Logan Source Type: news

From the first stitch to the final zip: The global journey of a COVID-19 body bag
A sewing machine, a Pacific freighter and a Detroit family's loss: The story of one body bag's life cycle and the hands that touched it along the way. (Source: L.A. Times - Health)
Source: L.A. Times - Health - February 23, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Emily Baumgaertner Source Type: news

California's coronavirus strain looks increasingly dangerous: 'The devil is already here'
California's homegrown coronavirus strain is more transmissible than its predecessors, is more resistant to vaccines, and may cause more severe cases of COVID-19. (Source: L.A. Times - Health)
Source: L.A. Times - Health - February 23, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Melissa Healy Source Type: news

Column: Are you giving your pets supplements to ward off COVID? Don't bother
Sales of pet supplements soared by 21% last year as people tried to protect their furry friends from COVID-19. Experts say there's no need. (Source: L.A. Times - Health)
Source: L.A. Times - Health - February 23, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: David Lazarus Source Type: news

California's rocky COVID-19 vaccine rollout dogged by poor communication, forecasting
The lack of information is complicating efforts by city and county officials to create appointments and to plan for the administration of second doses. (Source: L.A. Times - Health)
Source: L.A. Times - Health - February 23, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Laura J. Nelson, Maya Lau Source Type: news

L.A. parents demand schools reopen, saying science and improved conditions are on their side
With parents and children tired of living as Zoombies — and state and federal governments pushing to reopen schools — momentum builds against the go-slow approach of the Los Angeles teachers union and L.A. school district officials. (Source: L.A. Times - Health)
Source: L.A. Times - Health - February 23, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Howard Blume Source Type: news

Op-Ed: Why public health messaging should emphasize vaccine acceptance, not hesitancy
Overstating or overemphasizing vaccine hesitancy can keep others from deciding to get the COVID-19 shots. (Source: L.A. Times - Health)
Source: L.A. Times - Health - February 23, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Sinan Aral and Dean Eckles Source Type: news

Letters to the Editor: Forget this school year and focus on reopening in August
What's the point of sending students back into their classrooms so late into the school year? Let's work instead on reopening safely for 2021-22. (Source: L.A. Times - Health)
Source: L.A. Times - Health - February 23, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Vaccine access codes for hard-hit Black, Latino communities improperly used in other L.A. areas
As has been the case throughout the vaccine rollout, wherever there is a slight opening, the resourced and tech savvy find their way in. (Source: L.A. Times - Health)
Source: L.A. Times - Health - February 23, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Julia Wick Source Type: news

Vaccine access codes for Black, Latino communities improperly used in affluent L.A. areas
As has been the case throughout the vaccine rollout, wherever there is a slight opening, the resourced and tech savvy find their way in. (Source: L.A. Times - Health)
Source: L.A. Times - Health - February 23, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Julia Wick Source Type: news