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: Los Angeles Times - Science)
Source: Los Angeles Times - Science - February 24, 2021 Category: Science Authors: Melissa Healy 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: Los Angeles Times - Science)
Source: Los Angeles Times - Science - February 24, 2021 Category: Science Authors: Amina Khan 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: Los Angeles Times - Science)
Source: Los Angeles Times - Science - February 23, 2021 Category: Science 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: Los Angeles Times - Science)
Source: Los Angeles Times - Science - February 23, 2021 Category: Science Authors: David Lazarus Source Type: news

Modified COVID-19 vaccines may get nod from FDA without repeating full trials
COVID-19 vaccines adapted for new coronavirus variants can receive authorization from the Food and Drug Administration without repeating full clinical trials. (Source: Los Angeles Times - Science)
Source: Los Angeles Times - Science - February 23, 2021 Category: Science Authors: Amina Khan Source Type: news

New optimism that COVID-19 is finally dwindling as L.A. gains some herd immunity
In L.A., so many people now have immunity to the coronavirus from past infections and vaccination that transmission is slowing and inching toward herd immunity. (Source: Los Angeles Times - Science)
Source: Los Angeles Times - Science - February 20, 2021 Category: Science Authors: Soumya Karlamangla, Rong-Gong Lin II Source Type: news

NASA shares bird's-eye view of Perseverance landing on Mars
NASA's Mars 2020 spacecraft sent back a striking image of the Perseverance rover suspended several feet above the red planet's surface, just as it's about to land. (Source: Los Angeles Times - Science)
Source: Los Angeles Times - Science - February 20, 2021 Category: Science Authors: Amina Khan Source Type: news

Photos | NASA's Perseverance rover makes safe landing on Mars
NASA's newest rover touched down safely on the surface of Mars in Jezero Crater (Source: Los Angeles Times - Science)
Source: Los Angeles Times - Science - February 19, 2021 Category: Science Authors: Times Photography Staff Source Type: news

All your COVID-19 questions answered: An archive of Coronavirus Today reader Q & As
Are vaccines safe? How do I get my second dose? Do I have to wear a mask? We've answered hundreds of newsletter readers' questions. Here's an archive. (Source: Los Angeles Times - Science)
Source: Los Angeles Times - Science - February 18, 2021 Category: Science Source Type: news

NASA's Perseverance rover makes safe landing on Mars
Perseverance, NASA's newest rover, completes its 7-minute descent and lands safely on Mars to begin a mission that will last at least one Martian year. (Source: Los Angeles Times - Science)
Source: Los Angeles Times - Science - February 18, 2021 Category: Science Authors: Amina Khan Source Type: news

Watch live as Perseverance, NASA's newest rover, lands on Mars
Perseverance, NASA's newest Mars rover, is set to land in Jezero Crater at 12:55 p.m. Pacific. Watch it live, right here. (Source: Los Angeles Times - Science)
Source: Los Angeles Times - Science - February 18, 2021 Category: Science Authors: Karen Kaplan Source Type: news

A year into COVID-19 pandemic, Europe struggles amid emerging variants, vaccine delays
Reversals of fortune, political quarrels and vexing public-health paradoxes are complicating efforts to contain a deadly third wave of contagion across Europe. (Source: Los Angeles Times - Science)
Source: Los Angeles Times - Science - February 18, 2021 Category: Science Authors: Christina Boyle, Erik Kirschbaum, Laura King Source Type: news

NASA's Perseverance rover ready to search for signs of ancient life on Mars
If NASA's Perseverance rover lands safely on Mars, it will become the first space mission in nearly 45 years to directly search for signs of microbial life. (Source: Los Angeles Times - Science)
Source: Los Angeles Times - Science - February 18, 2021 Category: Science Authors: Amina Khan Source Type: news

NASA's Perseverance rover ready to land on Mars and search for signs of ancient life
If NASA's Perseverance rover lands safely on Mars, it will become the first space mission in nearly 45 years to directly search for signs of microbial life. (Source: Los Angeles Times - Science)
Source: Los Angeles Times - Science - February 18, 2021 Category: Science Authors: Amina Khan Source Type: news

Scientists like their odds against the wily coronavirus from South Africa
COVID-19 vaccines may be less effective against the coronavirus strain from South Africa, but scientists remain confident that humans have the upper hand. (Source: Los Angeles Times - Science)
Source: Los Angeles Times - Science - February 12, 2021 Category: Science Authors: Melissa Healy Source Type: news

Coronavirus variant first seen in Los Angeles has spread around the world
Coronavirus variant first seen in L.A. now accounts for about half of Southern California's infections and has spread to 18 states and six countries. (Source: Los Angeles Times - Science)
Source: Los Angeles Times - Science - February 11, 2021 Category: Science Authors: Melissa Healy Source Type: news

What if my second vaccine dose is early or delayed? Here's what the CDC says
The second shot of the COVID vaccine does not need to happen precisely 21 or 28 days after the first to be effective. (Source: Los Angeles Times - Science)
Source: Los Angeles Times - Science - February 11, 2021 Category: Science Authors: Jessica Roy Source Type: news

New coronavirus variants are everywhere: Will they drag out the pandemic?
The emergence new virus variants will complicate efforts to end the COVID-19 pandemic, scientists say. But they're confident we'll still get there. (Source: Los Angeles Times - Science)
Source: Los Angeles Times - Science - February 10, 2021 Category: Science Authors: Deborah Netburn Source Type: news

Op-Ed: Trump's Big Lie is getting him impeached. It adds to a long line of treacherous GOP fibs
For 40 years, Republican leaders have displayed a disdain for information and disregard for facts that don't fit their policy agenda. (Source: Los Angeles Times - Science)
Source: Los Angeles Times - Science - February 9, 2021 Category: Science Authors: Naomi Oreskes and Erik M. Conway Source Type: news

South Africa's coronavirus strain upends country's vaccination plans
A poor showing by a COVID-19 vaccine from AstraZeneca and Oxford University prompted South African health officials to shelve plans to inoculate health workers. (Source: Los Angeles Times - Science)
Source: Los Angeles Times - Science - February 8, 2021 Category: Science Authors: Melissa Healy, Emily Baumgaertner Source Type: news

By tracking coronavirus mutations, scientists aim to forecast the pandemic's future
The Biden administration is boosting efforts to identify and track coronavirus variants to help scientists see where the pandemic is heading next. (Source: Los Angeles Times - Science)
Source: Los Angeles Times - Science - February 7, 2021 Category: Science Authors: Melissa Healy Source Type: news

Coronavirus confusion: What's the difference between a variant and a strain?
Confusion over the terms 'variant' and 'strain' predate this coronavirus. It seems virologists never got around to defining their terms. (Source: Los Angeles Times - Science)
Source: Los Angeles Times - Science - February 4, 2021 Category: Science Authors: Karen Kaplan Source Type: news

Dr. Fauci warns against Super Bowl parties: 'Enjoy the game' with household only
Dr. Anthony Fauci, now the subject of an upcoming National Geographic documentary, discouraged gathering for Super Bowl parties amid the COVID-19 pandemic. (Source: Los Angeles Times - Science)
Source: Los Angeles Times - Science - February 3, 2021 Category: Science Authors: Nardine Saad Source Type: news

When your chance for a COVID-19 shot comes, don't worry which one it is
When getting vaccinated against COVID-19, there's no sense being picky about your shot. Experts say you should take the first authorized vaccine that's offered. (Source: Los Angeles Times - Science)
Source: Los Angeles Times - Science - February 2, 2021 Category: Science Authors: Arthur Allen, Liz Szabo Source Type: news

Rapid spread of U.K. coronavirus variant in Southern California sparks alarm
San Diego County has California's largest cluster of known cases of B.1.1.7. (Source: Los Angeles Times - Science)
Source: Los Angeles Times - Science - February 1, 2021 Category: Science Authors: Luke Money, Rong-Gong Lin II Source Type: news

Why uncovered faces are oh-so risky as California reopens and coronavirus variants spread
Some experts say California has started to lift restrictions too soon. They recommend strong precautions as new, more contagious coronavirus strains spread. (Source: Los Angeles Times - Science)
Source: Los Angeles Times - Science - February 1, 2021 Category: Science Authors: Maura Dolan Source Type: news

Op-Ed: Collapseologists are warning humanity that business-as-usual will make the Earth uninhabitable
Hundreds of scientists, writers and academics from 30 countries are demanding that we acknowledge that widespread social collapse is "a credible scenario this century." (Source: Los Angeles Times - Science)
Source: Los Angeles Times - Science - January 31, 2021 Category: Science Authors: Christopher Ketcham and Jeff Gibbs Source Type: news

Dangerous new coronavirus strains may incubate in COVID-19's sickest
COVID-19 patients who take months to overcome their coronavirus infections despite treatment can become incubators of dangerous new strains. (Source: Los Angeles Times - Science)
Source: Los Angeles Times - Science - January 30, 2021 Category: Science Authors: Melissa Healy Source Type: news

New clinical trials raise fears the coronavirus is learning how to resist vaccines
Researchers once believed t would take months or even years for the virus to develop resistance to vaccines. The speedy evolution is largely a result of the virus' unchecked spread. (Source: Los Angeles Times - Science)
Source: Los Angeles Times - Science - January 30, 2021 Category: Science Authors: Emily Baumgaertner Source Type: news

Do pregnancy and COVID-19 vaccines mix? Here's what the experts say
There's little data to guide women who are pregnant, or trying to become pregnant, about whether to take a COVID-19 vaccine. Here's what to consider. (Source: Los Angeles Times - Science)
Source: Los Angeles Times - Science - January 27, 2021 Category: Science Authors: Karen Kaplan Source Type: news

Science-themed 'Pacific Standard Time' for 2024 takes shape with Getty art grants
The Getty Foundation announces the 45 SoCal institutions that will receive research grants for 'Pacific Standard Time: Art x Science x L.A.' (Source: Los Angeles Times - Science)
Source: Los Angeles Times - Science - January 27, 2021 Category: Science Authors: Deborah Vankin Source Type: news

Something was killing baby salmon. Scientists traced it to a food-web mystery
Salmon fry in California are suffering from an apparent vitamin deficiency that is threatening fish and other wildlife worldwide. But what is the cause? (Source: Los Angeles Times - Science)
Source: Los Angeles Times - Science - January 26, 2021 Category: Science Authors: Susanne Rust Source Type: news

CDC says severe allergic reactions to Moderna's COVID-19 vaccine are 'a rare event'
The COVID-19 vaccine made by Moderna caused very few cases of severe allergic reactions during the first three weeks of its nationwide rollout, the CDC says. (Source: Los Angeles Times - Science)
Source: Los Angeles Times - Science - January 24, 2021 Category: Science Authors: Karen Kaplan Source Type: news

Could a homegrown coronavirus strain be partly to blame for California's surge?
California scientists have discovered a new coronavirus strain that appears to be propagating faster than any other variant in the Golden State. (Source: Los Angeles Times - Science)
Source: Los Angeles Times - Science - January 23, 2021 Category: Science Authors: Melissa Healy, Rong-Gong Lin II Source Type: news

COVID-19 patients struggle to get highly touted yet elusive antibody treatments
Monoclonal antibody treatment is now available to COVID-19 patients, but only about 30% of the delivered doses have been administered. (Source: Los Angeles Times - Science)
Source: Los Angeles Times - Science - January 21, 2021 Category: Science Authors: JoNel Aleccia Source Type: news

How the new COVID-19 vaccine rules could help the pandemic end sooner
Health officials set aside carefully considered plans for rolling out COVID-19 vaccines and made the shots widely available. That may hasten the pandemic's end. (Source: Los Angeles Times - Science)
Source: Los Angeles Times - Science - January 16, 2021 Category: Science Authors: Melissa Healy Source Type: news

Some workers don't want a COVID-19 vaccine. Can their bosses make them get it anyway?
Many teachers, grocers and even some hospital employees are wary of the COVID-19 vaccine and don't want it. The question of mandatory vaccine requirements by employers is complicated. (Source: Los Angeles Times - Science)
Source: Los Angeles Times - Science - January 15, 2021 Category: Science Authors: Samantha Masunaga, Deborah Netburn Source Type: news

Children apologize to their dying elders for spreading COVID-19 as L.A. County reels
Children who spread coronavirus to their parents and grandparents are apologizing to them on their deathbeds as L.A. County reels. (Source: Los Angeles Times - Science)
Source: Los Angeles Times - Science - January 12, 2021 Category: Science Authors: Rong-Gong Lin II, Luke Money, Sean Greene Source Type: news

At least 9 U.S. states have new coronavirus strain from U.K.
The coronavirus strain from the U.K. is now in at least nine U.S. states. Given its ability to spread, scientists expect that number to rise soon. (Source: Los Angeles Times - Science)
Source: Los Angeles Times - Science - January 11, 2021 Category: Science Authors: Karen Kaplan, Melissa Healy Source Type: news

At least 9 U.S. states have the U.K. coronavirus strain, a number that's sure to grow
The coronavirus strain from the U.K. is now in at least nine U.S. states. Given its ability to spread, scientists expect that number to rise soon. (Source: Los Angeles Times - Science)
Source: Los Angeles Times - Science - January 11, 2021 Category: Science Authors: Karen Kaplan, Melissa Healy Source Type: news

Why COVID-19 has left so many hospitals running low on oxygen
The demand for oxygen has skyrocketed, as critically ill COVID-19 patients often need high rates of oxygen flowing into their lungs to keep them alive. (Source: Los Angeles Times - Science)
Source: Los Angeles Times - Science - January 11, 2021 Category: Science Authors: Rong-Gong Lin II, Luke Money Source Type: news

California passes 30,000 COVID-19 deaths amid continuing surge
Five of the highest single-day death tallies for California have been recorded in the last week. (Source: Los Angeles Times - Science)
Source: Los Angeles Times - Science - January 10, 2021 Category: Science Authors: Rong-Gong Lin II, Vanessa Mart ínez, Swetha Kannan Source Type: news

New evidence that U.K. coronavirus variant spreads more easily has scientists really worried
British scientists have bolstered their case that the new coronavirus variant spreads more easily than its predecessors. It could be worse in the U.S., they warn. (Source: Los Angeles Times - Science)
Source: Los Angeles Times - Science - January 10, 2021 Category: Science Authors: Melissa Healy Source Type: news

'A mass fatality event': California struggles with backlog of bodies of COVID-19 victims
With hospital morgues and funeral homes full and deaths mounting, California struggles to store the bodies of COVID-19 victims. (Source: Los Angeles Times - Science)
Source: Los Angeles Times - Science - January 9, 2021 Category: Science Authors: Rong-Gong Lin II, Luke Money Source Type: news

L.A. County COVID-19 death toll surpasses 12,000 as post-Christmas surge worsens
On Thursday and Friday, L.A. County reported 18,764 coronavirus cases and 17,827 cases, respectively, significantly above the average of last week. (Source: Los Angeles Times - Science)
Source: Los Angeles Times - Science - January 9, 2021 Category: Science Authors: Rong-Gong Lin II, Ryan Murphy Source Type: news

These researchers predicted California's COVID-19 surge. Here's when they think it will end
Researchers share which numbers they're watching to forecast when California's deadly COVID-19 surge will end. (Source: Los Angeles Times - Science)
Source: Los Angeles Times - Science - January 8, 2021 Category: Science Authors: Deborah Netburn Source Type: news

Severe allergic reactions to Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine are rare, CDC says
Severe allergic reactions to Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine were rare in the first 10 days of its rollout, with 21 cases among nearly 1.9 doses, the CDC reported. (Source: Los Angeles Times - Science)
Source: Los Angeles Times - Science - January 6, 2021 Category: Science Authors: Karen Kaplan Source Type: news

Severe allergic reactions to Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine are 'rare,' CDC says
Severe allergic reactions to Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine were "rare" in the first 10 days of its rollout, with 21 cases among nearly 1.9 doses, the CDC reported. (Source: Los Angeles Times - Science)
Source: Los Angeles Times - Science - January 6, 2021 Category: Science Authors: Karen Kaplan Source Type: news

Central Valley hospitals brace for oxygen shortages, lack of space for bodies
Fresno County hospitals scramble for oxygen machines to treat COVID patients at home, with few ICU beds available. Mortuaries work to maximize space. (Source: Los Angeles Times - Science)
Source: Los Angeles Times - Science - January 6, 2021 Category: Science Authors: Rong-Gong Lin II, Luke Money Source Type: news

Pioneering hip surgeon Lawrence Dorr, founder of Operation Walk, dies
Dorr, a surgeon who led early developments in joint replacement surgery and founded a charity to provide medical services pro bono, has died at 79. (Source: Los Angeles Times - Science)
Source: Los Angeles Times - Science - January 5, 2021 Category: Science Authors: Roger Vincent Source Type: news