Bay Area counties mandate indoor masks, joining L.A. as Delta variant rages
Officials in a large swath of the Bay Area announce residents will again need to wear masks in indoor public settings regardless of vaccination status. (Source: L.A. Times - Health)
Source: L.A. Times - Health - August 2, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Maura Dolan, Lila Seidman Source Type: news

Bay Area mask mandate: What you need to know
Residents of seven Bay Area counties and the city of Berkeley will again have to wear masks indoors, regardless of their vaccination status. (Source: L.A. Times - Health)
Source: L.A. Times - Health - August 2, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Maura Dolan Source Type: news

'There will be a security guard out front': More of L.A. requiring vaccination proof
With the Delta variant of the coronavirus spreading, an increasing number of institutions are requiring proof of vaccination in hopes of protecting both workers and the public. (Source: L.A. Times - Health)
Source: L.A. Times - Health - August 2, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Alex Wigglesworth, Colleen Shalby Source Type: news

L.A. City College swap meet shuts down after more than two decades
The pandemic losses were too steep to overcome, and competition from street vendors was the final straw, said the company that runs the swap meet. (Source: L.A. Times - Health)
Source: L.A. Times - Health - August 2, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Andrew J. Campa Source Type: news

Restaurants and bars implement their own health policies as Delta-variant cases rise
There's a growing chorus of restaurants and bars implementing their own COVID restrictions in L.A. (Source: L.A. Times - Health)
Source: L.A. Times - Health - August 2, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Stephanie Breijo Source Type: news

Podcast: To COVID shame or not to COVID shame?
Experts say shaming the vaccine-hesitant doesn't work. So why do we do it? And what's the alternative? (Source: L.A. Times - Health)
Source: L.A. Times - Health - August 2, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Letters to the Editor: Is white privilege behind the rage at vaccine resisters?
Readers discussed Erika Smith's column on the reasons for Black mistrust of medical authority and vaccine resistance. (Source: L.A. Times - Health)
Source: L.A. Times - Health - August 2, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

More L.A. restaurants are requiring COVID-19 vaccines or tests amid Delta variant surge
A growing number of Los Angeles restaurants are requiring that diners be vaccinated against COVID-19 or show proof of a recent negative test. (Source: L.A. Times - Health)
Source: L.A. Times - Health - August 1, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Alex Wigglesworth Source Type: news

Delta variant is rising. Breakthrough infections too. How should I protect myself?
With breakthrough infections, Delta variant rising, what should I do to protect myself? (Source: L.A. Times - Health)
Source: L.A. Times - Health - July 31, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Karen Kaplan, Melissa Healy, Deborah Netburn Source Type: news

L.A. Affairs: What might have happened if we'd gotten that drink?
Not a day goes by that I do not miss him or think about whether we might still someday have our chance. (Source: L.A. Times - Health)
Source: L.A. Times - Health - July 31, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Julie E. Buchwald Source Type: news

Long a path to success for Korean immigrants, dry cleaners struggle in the pandemic
For many Korean immigrants, owning a dry cleaner has been a path to a better life for the next generation. The receipts from countless shirts, dresses and slacks paid for UCLA, UC Irvine, Stanford and NYU.  (Source: L.A. Times - Health)
Source: L.A. Times - Health - July 31, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Andrew J. Campa Source Type: news

For parents of unvaccinated kids, worsening Delta variant brings alarm, questions
The variant's ability to spread among the vaccinated is worrisome, expert said, but it shouldn't preclude kids from heading back to school. (Source: L.A. Times - Health)
Source: L.A. Times - Health - July 31, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Hayley Smith, Deborah Netburn Source Type: news

For parents of unvaccinated kids, growing Delta variant threat brings alarm and questions
The variant's ability to spread among the vaccinated is worrisome, expert said, but it shouldn't preclude kids from heading back to school. (Source: L.A. Times - Health)
Source: L.A. Times - Health - July 31, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Hayley Smith, Deborah Netburn Source Type: news

Vaccinations at the O.C. Fair? With county infections rising, officials say it's worth a shot
A small clinic will give out free shots in the Costa Mesa building from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day the fair is open, except Saturdays. (Source: L.A. Times - Health)
Source: L.A. Times - Health - July 30, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Sara Cardine Source Type: news

There are 2 snow leopards at the San Diego Zoo. Both endangered cats have COVID-19
Both animals are coughing but are showing signs of improvement. (Source: L.A. Times - Health)
Source: L.A. Times - Health - July 30, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jonathan Wosen Source Type: news

What is it about the Delta variant that makes it spread so easily?
By now, we all know that the Delta variant is about twice as transmissible as the original coronavirus. What exactly makes it so good at spreading? (Source: L.A. Times - Health)
Source: L.A. Times - Health - July 30, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Deborah Netburn Source Type: news

Op-Ed: How country music can help America get back to normal
The industry and its stars need to promote COVID-19 vaccinations to fans who simply don't want to listen to the government. (Source: L.A. Times - Health)
Source: L.A. Times - Health - July 30, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Kurt Bardella Source Type: news

El LAUSD exigir á pruebas del coronavirus a los estudiantes y al personal independientemente de su estado de vacunación
En un cambio de política, el Distrito Escolar Unificado de Los Ángeles anunció que exigirá a todos los estudiantes y empleados del distrito que se sometan a pruebas semanales de coronavirus, independientemente del estado de vacunación. (Source: L.A. Times - Health)
Source: L.A. Times - Health - July 30, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Howard Blume Source Type: news

How we got the story of Ellen Garrison Jackson Clark and her courageous, unsung life
Sometimes simple calendar items are the introduction to a really good story. Such was the case of teacher and activist Ellen Garrison Jackson Clark and a small notice about the Altadena Historical Society's Juneteenth celebration of her courageous but little-known life. (Source: L.A. Times - Health)
Source: L.A. Times - Health - July 30, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jeanette Marantos Source Type: news

'Breakthrough' COVID-19 cases rising in L.A., but the vaccinated are still protected, data show
Unvaccinated Angelenos continue to be infected with the coronavirus and fall seriously ill at significantly higher rates than their vaccinated counterparts — further evidence of the protective power the shots provide (Source: L.A. Times - Health)
Source: L.A. Times - Health - July 30, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Luke Money Source Type: news

News Analysis: How the Delta variant could shake up the 2022 midterm election
Democrats must contend with plunging optimism and frustration with new rules on masking and vaccinations, while Republicans risk being blamed for the large number of vaccine holdouts in their party. (Source: L.A. Times - Health)
Source: L.A. Times - Health - July 30, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Melanie Mason Source Type: news

CDC document paints more dire picture of threat posed by Delta variant
The Delta variant is more formidable than previously believed, due to its ability to infect and be spread by people who are vaccinated, a CDC document says. (Source: L.A. Times - Health)
Source: L.A. Times - Health - July 30, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Karen Kaplan Source Type: news

LAUSD to require testing of students, staff regardless of vaccination status
In a policy shift, the Los Angeles Unified School District announced it will require all students and district employees to undergo weekly coronavirus testing regardless of vaccination status. (Source: L.A. Times - Health)
Source: L.A. Times - Health - July 29, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Howard Blume Source Type: news

Disneyland and other parks are requiring masks indoors, regardless of vaccination status
Disneyland, Universal Studios and Magic Mountain are among the California parks returning to stricter mask requirements amid the latest COVID-19 surge. (Source: L.A. Times - Health)
Source: L.A. Times - Health - July 29, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Hugo Mart ín Source Type: news

California sees small boost in vaccinations but needs much more
With California's coronavirus surge worsening, officials are unveiling new rules and redoubling efforts to get more people to wear masks in an urgent push to boost vaccinations and slow the spread of the Delta variant. (Source: L.A. Times - Health)
Source: L.A. Times - Health - July 29, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Luke Money Source Type: news

The pandemic plunged millions of Latin Americans into poverty. Young people are inheriting the consequences
The pandemic made the poor of Latin America poorer and set back a fledgling middle class throughout the region, threatening a generation. (Source: L.A. Times - Health)
Source: L.A. Times - Health - July 29, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Patrick J. McDonnell Source Type: news

The pandemic plunged millions of Latin Americans into poverty. Its youth are inheriting the consequences
The pandemic made the poor of Latin America poorer and set back a fledgling middle class throughout the region, threatening a generation. (Source: L.A. Times - Health)
Source: L.A. Times - Health - July 29, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Patrick J. McDonnell Source Type: news

Pandemic-era Latin America: Inequality, despair, upheaval — and a potential lost generation of youth
The pandemic made the poor of Latin America poorer and set back a fledgling middle class throughout the region, threatening a generation. (Source: L.A. Times - Health)
Source: L.A. Times - Health - July 29, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Patrick J. McDonnell Source Type: news

Biden to require COVID-19 vaccinations, or regular testing, for federal workers
President Biden says he will require federal workers to wear masks and get tested regularly for the coronavirus if they're not vaccinated. (Source: L.A. Times - Health)
Source: L.A. Times - Health - July 29, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Chris Megerian Source Type: news

With coronavirus surge worsening, California urges wearing masks indoors
The new recommendation appears to be more expansive than the latest guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (Source: L.A. Times - Health)
Source: L.A. Times - Health - July 28, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Luke Money Source Type: news

State fines El Super grocery chain $447,000 for failing to provide COVID sick leave
The California Labor Commissioner is fining El Super grocery stores for failing to provide sick leave for workers affected by the coronavirus. (Source: L.A. Times - Health)
Source: L.A. Times - Health - July 28, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Leila Miller Source Type: news

Can employers force workers to get vaccinated? Here's what we know
A growing number of government agencies are requiring employees to provide proof of vaccination against COVID-19 or undergo regular testing. (Source: L.A. Times - Health)
Source: L.A. Times - Health - July 28, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Maura Dolan Source Type: news

Masks on. Masks off. Masks on again at the White House as Delta threat grows
Biden made adherence to COVID guidelines a cornerstone of his campaign to defeat Trump. He beat Trump, but beating the pandemic may be harder. (Source: L.A. Times - Health)
Source: L.A. Times - Health - July 28, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Chris Megerian Source Type: news

A Pasadena startup got billions selling COVID tests. Then came questions
Innova Medical Group in Pasadena has grossed more than $2.7 billion importing antigen tests from China and exporting them to the U.K., despite questions over their accuracy. (Source: L.A. Times - Health)
Source: L.A. Times - Health - July 28, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Laurence Darmiento, Melody Petersen, Jack Flemming Source Type: news

Delta variant haunts Halloween plans
Theme parks and event operators are banking on a comeback by Halloween fans this fall, but the COVID-19 resurgence is bringing fresh uncertainty. (Source: L.A. Times - Health)
Source: L.A. Times - Health - July 28, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Hugo Mart ín Source Type: news

Column: I wish I could be angry with the unvaccinated. Being Black makes that complicated
There's a white privilege to denouncing everyone who refuses to get a COVID-19 vaccine. For those who are Black, there's systemic racism to consider. (Source: L.A. Times - Health)
Source: L.A. Times - Health - July 28, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Erika D. Smith Source Type: news

California considers indoor mask rules after CDC's recommendation
State health officials are reviewing federal guidance that residents who are vaccinated should resume wearing masks in indoor public settings. (Source: L.A. Times - Health)
Source: L.A. Times - Health - July 28, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Luke Money Source Type: news

A timeline of the CDC's advice on face masks
Rules and guidance about face masks have changed throughout the pandemic. Here's how the CDC's advice has evolved. (Source: L.A. Times - Health)
Source: L.A. Times - Health - July 27, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Deborah Netburn Source Type: news

San Francisco bars to require proof of COVID-19 vaccines for indoor patrons
The San Francisco Bar Owner Alliance will require proof of vaccination against COVID-19 or a negative test for the coronavirus taken in the last 72 hours for customers who wish to sit indoors. (Source: L.A. Times - Health)
Source: L.A. Times - Health - July 27, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Rachel Schnalzer Source Type: news

CSU to require COVID-19 vaccinations for students, faculty, staff on campus this fall
California State University — the nation's largest four-year public university system — will require COVID vaccinations for students, faculty and staff. (Source: L.A. Times - Health)
Source: L.A. Times - Health - July 27, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Colleen Shalby Source Type: news

San Diego parent group seeking to end school mask mandate sues state
Some San Diego parents argue that masks harm students and should be a choice; others say masks prevent COVID spread and keep schools open. (Source: L.A. Times - Health)
Source: L.A. Times - Health - July 27, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Kristen Taketa Source Type: news

Aggressive measures to battle California's new coronavirus surge: Will they work?
With cases and hospitalizations spiking, the focus is increasingly on ramping up vaccinations to protect as many people as possible against infection and illness. (Source: L.A. Times - Health)
Source: L.A. Times - Health - July 27, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Luke Money, Faith E. Pinho, Brittny Mejia, Emily Alpert Reyes Source Type: news

CDC recommends masks indoors in U.S. where cases are surging
The CDC recommends that even vaccinated people wear masks indoors in parts of the U.S. where the coronavirus is surging. (Source: L.A. Times - Health)
Source: L.A. Times - Health - July 27, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Melissa Healy, Chris Megerian Source Type: news

Column: Dubious property tax appeals are costing L.A. County millions
L.A. County Assessor Jeff Prang says bulk appeals by tax agents cost his office $2.2 million a year and may mean $15 million lost in annual revenue. (Source: L.A. Times - Health)
Source: L.A. Times - Health - July 27, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: David Lazarus Source Type: news

'Well past time': L.A. politicians want COVID-19 vaccine mandate for city workers
A growing number of L.A. politicians want to require city workers to get vaccinated against COVID-19 as infection numbers have surged again. (Source: L.A. Times - Health)
Source: L.A. Times - Health - July 27, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Emily Alpert Reyes, Chris Kuo Source Type: news

Editorial: The right's new tone on COVID vaccines
Vaccines are the only way out of the COVID-19 pandemic. It's good that more conservatives are getting on board with that message. (Source: L.A. Times - Health)
Source: L.A. Times - Health - July 27, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: The Times Editorial Board Source Type: news

Letters to the Editor: Eric Clapton's anti-vaxxer hypocrisy is on brand for him
Eric Clapton is a blues guitarist inspired by Black musicians who has made racist statements. He is also a vaccinated celebrity catering to the unvaccinated. (Source: L.A. Times - Health)
Source: L.A. Times - Health - July 27, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Public access expanded during the pandemic. Why do some cities want to take it away?
The state Legislature is trying to preserve virtual options that opened participation to more people (Source: L.A. Times - Health)
Source: L.A. Times - Health - July 27, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Karen Pearlman, Phil Diehl, Tammy Murga Source Type: news

California's new vaccination proof requirement: What you need to know
California's new proof-of-vaccination requirement: What you need to know (Source: L.A. Times - Health)
Source: L.A. Times - Health - July 26, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Luke Money Source Type: news

Actual number of U.S. coronavirus cases may be more than double the official tally
A new study adds to the growing body of evidence that the pandemic's true toll is far greater than official tallies show. (Source: L.A. Times - Health)
Source: L.A. Times - Health - July 26, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Amina Khan Source Type: news