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    July 2, Updates

    Orange County shows uptick in hospitalizations Hospitalizations jumped from 56 on Wednesday to 70 on Thursday, while the number of intensive care unit patients increased from 10 to 13. The county won’t have another update until next week as officials move to weekly instead of daily reporting. Breakthrough cases are rare in California About 7,550 out of […]

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    July 1, Updates

    ‘Breakthrough’ COVID cases rare in state, U.S. The percentage of fully vaccinated Californians who contracted COVID-19 through June 23 was 0.039%. Nationwide, out of 154 million fully vaccinated Americans, just 4,115 have been hospitalized or died after contracting COVID-19. That’s a rate of 0.0027%. More than three-quarters were 65 or older. July 4th events return as state […]

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    June 30, Updates

    O.C.’s COVID-19 stats rise, but hospitalizations remain low Orange County’s weekly averages for COVID-19 cases ticked up this week, but hospitalization numbers remained low, data released Tuesday shows. Fauci warns there may soon be ‘two Americas’ With the Delta variant accounting for more than a quarter of COVID-19 cases, there could soon be “two Americas” — one […]

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    June 29, Updates

    California digital vaccine records’ QR codes are a feature, not a bug After accessing their digital COVID-19 vaccination records, some Californians noticed the state-generated reports include QR codes that, when scanned, don’t seem to retrieve any information. But that’s a feature — not a bug — of the 11-day-old verification system, according to the California Department of […]

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    June 25, Updates

    White House announces new incentives to boost youth vaccination rates The White House on Thursday announced a number of new incentives from the private sector as it looks to increase COVID-19 vaccination rates among young people, a group it has specifically targeted as a high-priority demographic. The Delta variant’s biggest danger: ‘A pandemic of unvaccinated people’ […]

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    June 24, Updates

    Vaccine benefits outweigh rare heart risk, officials say Federal health officials said most of the heart inflammation cases were mild and patients generally recovered. The risk of heart problems from COVID-19 is far greater, they noted. Mixing of vaccines gains ground More nations are allowing — and in some cases encouraging — mix-and-match inoculation, with people receiving […]

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    June 22, Updates

    Delta variant grew 40% in California last week The Delta strain had previously barely registered on the weekly new variants count posted by the CA Department of Public Health. But the number of cases related to Delta and related variants discovered in the state rose from 286 to 399. That’s about a 40% rise week-over-week. The total is, of […]

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    June 21, Updates

    Border vaccination plan starts in Baja with US-donated shots  Baja California has started administering more than 1.3 million Johnson & Johnson single shots donated to Mexico by the U.S. as part of a strategy that could lead to the reopening of the border. What to know about California’s digital vaccine cards According to the state technology workers […]

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    The mental health benefits of time outdoors

    June 21, 2021 Walking or hiking in the wilderness can help reduce stress, anxiety and depression.

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    June 18, Updates

    Want to hold a COVID vaccination event? Just ask O.C. health officials The public can now request a no-cost mobile COVID-19 vaccination event at a workplace, church, neighborhood or other location using the Othena app. Canada extends US travel restrictions through July 21 Canada will extend restrictions that bar non-essential travel at U.S. land borders until at least July […]

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    June 17, Updates

    O.C. cities may extend street closures for outdoor dining Irvine, Newport Beach, Laguna Beach, Orange, Fullerton and other towns allowed restaurants to set up tables in parking lots, blocked-off streets and along public sidewalks during the pandemic. The trend may become permanent in some areas. Newsom leaves door open to reimpose restrictions In the past, the state […]

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    Can you mix and match vaccines?

    June 17, 2021 Experts say combining different shots is probably safe and effective, but more data needs to be collected.

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    June 16, Updates

    Dangerous variant ‘rapidly increasing’ in US, expert says The Delta variant, first reported in India, currently accounts for nearly 10% of coronavirus cases in the U.S., according to the CDC. EU agrees to start lifting travel restrictions on Americans EU members agreed Wednesday to add the U.S. to the list of countries from which restrictions on nonessential […]

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    How sewage sleuths could transform public health

    June 16, 2021 Wastewater analysis could identify not just COVID-19, but also drug use, cancer, Alzheimer’s and mental health disorders.

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    June 15, Updates

    White House will host a July 4 celebration to mark ‘independence from the virus’ The White House will host a celebration for thousands of essential workers and military families on July 4 on the South Lawn to mark the U.S.’s “independence from the virus,” according to a White House official. US donates batch of Johnson & […]

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    Coping with reentry anxiety

    June 15, 2021 After 15 months of lockdowns, feeling comfortable in public spaces may take a while.

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    A resilience prescription for COVID and other traumas

    June 15, 2021 Goal setting can help the healing process by shifting focus toward the future.

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    As state reopens, don’t forget these 3 mistakes

    June 15, 2021 The list of errors includes closing schools and outdoor recreation, experts say.

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    June 14, Updates

    How will theme parks verify vaccine status? There is no requirement for amusement parks to check for proof of vaccination or collect results from a COVID-19 test after the state reopens Tuesday. Novavax says its vaccine shows 90.4% efficacy Despite the impressive results, the COVID vaccine’s future in the United States is uncertain and it might be needed […]

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    How remote work will upend real estate market

    June 14, 2021 Telecommuting will reduce home prices in big cities and raise them in suburbs, economist says.

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    June 11, Updates

    Orange County to memorialize those who perished from COVID A public memorial will be held today for the roughly 5,100 Orange County residents killed by COVID-19. California businesses baffled by various reopening rules Gov. Gavin Newsom’s health agency has said vaccinated people won’t need to wear face coverings in many public places. State regulators — following […]

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    June 10, Updates

    California’s reopening rules explained With the state set to reopen its economy on Tuesday, wearing a mask will become optional in many public settings. Study affirms vaccine effectiveness against variants The data for all three vaccines is “very solid,” an immunologist said. O.C.’s case numbers continue encouraging trends On Wednesday, Orange County reported 26 new COVID-19 infections […]

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    June 9, Updates

    J&J working to extend shelf-life of its vaccine Speaking during the Wall Street Journal Tech Health event on Wednesday, Johnson & Johnson Chairman and CEO Alex Gorsky said the company is working to ensure its vaccines can be used and deployed effectively. Gorsky’s comments follow a statement the company released yesterday, saying it is working […]

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    Building a better post-pandemic body

    June 8, 2021 This 24-step plan will help you work smarter, eat better and get moving.

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    June 8, Updates

    Orange County’s COVID-19 numbers continue downward trend Orange County’s encouraging COVID-19 trends continue, with just 19 new infections reported Monday and the number of patients in intensive care dropping below 10. California has low level of community spread California is one of only two states considered to have low levels of community coronavirus transmission. The CDC categorizes low transmission […]

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    Diabetes drug may reduce COVID inflammation

    June 8, 2021 Researchers found a common drug prevents lung inflammation in animals.

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    The debate over air purifiers

    June 7, 2021 High-tech filters may be offering a false sense of security.

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    June 7, Updates

    COVID state of emergency won’t end June 15, Newsom says California’s COVID-19 state of emergency order will remain in place beyond June 15, despite plans to reopen the state’s economy on that date, Gov. Gavin Newsom said Friday. How does COVID end in US? With an ‘acceptable’ death rate In a “good” flu season, nearly 100 […]

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    June 4, Updates

    New increases in teen hospitalization rates reinforce importance of COVID vaccination A recent increase in COVID-19 hospitalizations among people ages 12 to 17 reinforces the importance of practicing prevention measures against the coronavirus and vaccination, according to a study released today in the CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. Cal OSHA approves revisions to COVID-19 Emergency […]

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    Which restrictions did (and didn’t) work?

    June 3, 2021 After a year of debate over mask mandates, lockdowns and school closures, what actually stopped the spread?

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    What to know about catching colds after not being sick for a year

    June 3, 2021 A Q&A about the non-COVID germs that still linger.

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    June 3, Updates

    White House launches the COVID-19 College Challenge – UCI is an early participant! Yesterday, the White House and the U.S. Department of Education launched the COVID-19 College Challenge by inviting colleges and universities across the country to join in efforts to end the pandemic by signing up. The initiative is part of the Administration’s national vaccination “Month […]

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    June 2, Updates

    12 states have vaccinated 70% of adults against COVID Twelve states have now reached the Biden administration’s goal to vaccinate 70% of adults with at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine by July 4, according to data published Tuesday by the U.S. CDC. US Chamber of Commerce to urge states to help parents with childcare […]

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    June 1, Updates

    O.C.’s super point-of-dispensing (POD) sites to administer first dose of COVID-19 vaccine this week The County of Orange anticipates an increased demand for first dose COVID-19 vaccinations after Governor Newsom’s announcement on May 27, 2021 that the State of California has launched “Vax for the Win,” a COVID-19 Vaccine Incentive Program. To meet the anticipated […]

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    May 28, Updates

    COVID cases and deaths in the US will fall over the next month The U.S. CDC is predicting that COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths will fall over the next four weeks. The ensemble forecasts conclude that there will be a total of 596,000 to 606,000 COVID deaths by June 19. Nearly half of the largest US […]

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    Can TV shows help teen mental health?

    May 27, 2021 Popular media can help adolescents cope with bullying, sexual assault, suicidal thoughts, substance abuse and depression, research shows.

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    Post-lockdown anxiety? Some tips

    May 27, 2021 Many people feel uneasy about returning to the old normal of schools and offices, hugs and handshakes, and social gatherings.

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    May 27, Updates

    US jobless claims fell to 406,000 last week Claims for first-time unemployment benefits fell for the fourth consecutive week, hitting a new pandemic low. Disneyland parks open tickets to non-CA residents Disneyland and Disney California Adventure have begun selling tickets to travelers from out of state for the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic shut their doors […]

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    May 26, Updates

    Half of all US adults are now fully vaccinated against COVID The U.S. COVID-19 vaccination program has gone from zero to 50 percent in less than six months. As of Tuesday afternoon, the Biden administration said, half of the country’s adults are now fully vaccinated against the coronavirus. New USC study finds return to normal doubtful In […]

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    May 25, Updates

    56% of O.C. residents have had at least one shot Pockets of Orange County remain under-vaccinated against the coronavirus as county and state officials increasingly move from vaccine super sites to neighborhood shot clinics before an expected statewide reopening June 15. Half of L.A. County residents 16 and older now fully vaccinated Half of Los Angeles […]

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    Decoding vaccine hesitancy

    May 24, 2021 What surveys of Orange County parents and students reveal about local attitudes toward COVID-19 immunizations.

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    May 24, Updates

    Air travel over weekend nearly back to 2019 level Air travel hit a new pandemic high over the weekend. Numbers from the Transportation Security Administration show it screened 90% of the people it screened on the equivalent day in 2019, before the pandemic.   State to require vaccine proof at large indoor venues People will either have […]

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    May 21, Updates

    Good news for the community  At the Emergency Preparedness Interagency Collaborative monthly meeting, director of OC Health Care Agency Dr. Clayton Chau shared some hopeful news about Orange County: 84% of people over 65 have had at least one dose OC has the lowest case rate of any Southern California county Only 200 cases tested […]

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    Yes, the vaccines came out fast, but here’s why they’re safe

    May 20, 2021 The sped-up production of vaccines represents years of global research, including advances from fighting SARS and decades of work to better understand mRNA.

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    May 20, Updates

    Vaccination rates in California, US Two-thirds of California adults are now at least partially vaccinated for COVID-19. Nationwide, the figure is 56.8% for people aged 12 and older, and 47.9% of the total population. US extends border closures with Mexico, Canada The U.S. is extending restrictions on non-essential travel at land borders with Canada and Mexico through […]

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    May 19, Updates

    3 of 4 report no vaccine side effects Other than a sore arm, a study of 627,000 people found only a quarter had headaches, fatigue or similar negative effects. Maps show vaccination rate for every California ZIP code  You can check to see what percentage of your neighbors have been inoculated. Orange County moves into yellow tier […]

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    May 18, Updates

    Orange County Health Care Agency on masking In light of the CDC’s recent announcements on masking, to provide clarity for Orange County residents, the OC Health Care Agency is following the California Department of Public Health’s requirements. 40% of O.C. Residents Fully Vaccinated Nearly 40% of Orange County residents are fully vaccinated against coronavirus, according to a recent […]

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    COVID vaccine technology could thwart other diseases

    May 18, 2021 Scientists hope that the mRNA shots will lead to many more applications.

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    Q&A on vaccines for teens

    May 17, 2021 A renowned pediatrician answers some of the questions on parents' minds.

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    May 17, Updates

    O.C. could move to yellow tier by Wednesday Orange County is on track to reach the least-restrictive yellow tier of the state’s reopening system if current trends hold up, county CEO Frank Kim said.  Debunking fears of ‘COVID heart’ After a year of frightening headlines and concerns that COVID-19 attacks the heart more aggressively than any other viral […]

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    May 14, Updates

    Disney will enact new CDC mask guidance ‘as soon as practical’ Disney welcomed new guidance from the CDC on mask and social distancing for fully vaccinated people, calling it “extremely positive news.” More than 266 million vaccine doses administered in US The CDC reported Thursday that 266,596,486 total doses of the vaccine have been administered – about 78.6% of […]

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    Dispelling the myth of ‘COVID heart’

    May 14, 2021 People who have recovered from the disease have no special reason to worry about their hearts, experts say.

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    A push to inoculate against vaccine disparities

    May 13, 2021 Researcher discusses efforts to communicate the importance of vaccination in underserved communities.

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    The pandemic’s toll on high-risk workers

    May 13, 2021 Workers in these 10 California industries had the highest pandemic-era death increases.

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    May 11, Updates

    L.A. County expected to hit herd immunity by end of July Los Angeles County could reach herd immunity from the coronavirus among adults and the oldest teenagers by mid- to late July. With about 400,000 shots administered weekly, the county has about 2 million first doses to go before 80% of all residents 16 and older […]

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    CDC exaggerates outdoor transmission rate, experts say

    May 11, 2021 Although the agency claims there is a roughly 10 percent chance of contracting COVID outside, the figure may actually be less than one percent.

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    What to know about vaccines for younger adolescents

    May 11, 2021 Now that the FDA has authorized the Pfizer vaccine for children as young as 12, parents have questions. Here are some answers.

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    May 10, Updates

    Orange County closes in on final yellow tier metric Orange County reported 47 new cases of COVID-19 and five additional deaths Saturday, as the county continued to close in on qualifying for the least-restrictive tier of the state’s economic reopening system.  L.A. offers appointment-free COVID-19 vaccinations Beginning today, appointments are no longer needed for Angelenos to get COVID-19 vaccinations […]

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    How moral judgments affect perception of virus risk

    May 10, 2021 People perceive activities they condone or see as important as safer than those they don't, studies show.

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    May 7, Updates

    Orange County to close vaccine super sites Orange County officials will close all four vaccination supersites spread throughout the county after what they say is a huge drop in people getting their shots at the sites. OC health officials plan on hosting more neighborhood vaccination clinics in the coming weeks and the last day for the […]

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    May 6, Updates

    Why can’t O.C. move to the yellow tier like L.A.? Los Angeles County’s case rate is higher than Orange County’s, but state officials adjusted it downward because L.A. tests more people than the state average. Orange County’s top health officer doesn’t mind. The case rate adjustment can give “people a false sense of safety,” he said. It […]

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    May 5, Updates

    Scientists see path for the coronavirus to invade the brain Scientists experimenting in the lab have found that the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 is capable of infecting two types of brain cells — neurons and astrocytes. The findings could shed light on a possible reason for the bewildering array of neurological symptoms that follow some COVID survivors […]

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    Anxious about returning to work? Some tips

    May 5, 2021 After more than a year of working remotely, many feel stress about coming back to their desks. Here's how to cope.

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    Kimchi pancake

    May 4, 2021 Don't forget to try it with the dipping sauce.

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    May 4, Updates

    Pfizer to submit for vaccine emergency authorization for kids in Sept. Pfizer expects to submit its COVID-19 vaccine for children ages two to 11 for U.S. FDA emergency use authorization in September, the company said on Tuesday. Children now account for 22% of new US COVID cases The number of children contracting COVID-19 in the U.S. is […]

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    Help for COVID long-haulers

    May 5, 2021 Multiple studies are underway to understand why some people suffer adverse effects months after recovering from the virus.

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    Grilled Caesar salad with lemon grilled chicken

    May 3, 2021 Lightly char the romaine lettuce for deeper flavor.

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    May 3, Updates

    Celebrity vaccine endorsements don’t help, experts say Few people are persuaded by actors, athletes, musicians, politicians or other luminaries getting inoculated, epidemiologists say. “For the most part, we still listen more to our peers than to some figurehead,” one notes. Looking back on California’s COVID results Did the state’s restrictions help, hurt or have little effect? […]

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    School air purifiers raise concerns

    May 3, 2021 As districts spend millions on the devices, experts warn of overblown claims and harm to children.

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    Do celebrity vaccine endorsements matter?

    May 1, 2021 Few people are persuaded by musicians, athletes, politicians or other luminaries getting inoculated, experts say.

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    You won’t remember the pandemic the way you think

    May 1, 2021 Cognitive biases will shape our recollections of the COVID-19 pandemic going forward.

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    Should vaccines be mandated?

    May 1, 2021 As supply exceeds demand, experts debate whether requiring the shot would be helpful or hurtful.

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    April 30, Updates

    Gov. Newsom signs bill giving small business a $6.2 billion tax cut On Thursday, Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a bill that will give small businesses hit hardest by the pandemic a $6.2 billion tax cut over the next six years – a lifeline that will help them get back on their feet. 100 million people in the […]

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    April 29, Updates

    Southern California water parks prepare to reopen State officials issued health and safety guidelines for water parks on Wednesday. Several plan to reopen next month. O.C. cities gear up for July 4 parades, fireworks shows Huntington Beach, Dana Point and Yorba Linda are among the towns preparing to resume Independence Day celebrations, but not everyone thinks it’s a […]

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    3 of 4 report no vaccine side effects

    April 29, 2021 In a new study involving over 627,000 people, only a quarter reported symptoms such as headaches and fatigue.

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    Test accurately predicts severe COVID cases

    April 28, 2021 The method is more than 92% accurate at identifying who is at risk for serious illness.

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    April 28, Updates

    New mask guidance draws line between vaccinated and unvaccinated Americans New guidelines from the CDC regarding when people can safely shed their masks make the benefits of vaccination abundantly clear. Instead of focusing on the serious and potentially deadly risk of COVID-19 to those who aren’t immunized, they emphasize the extent to which those who are […]

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    At-home pill to treat COVID is on the way

    April 27, 2021 An experimental drug to treat the virus at the first sign of illness could be available by the end of this year.

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    The most promising vaccine you’ve never heard of

    April 27, 2021 As concerns grow that unequal global access to vaccines will extend the pandemic, Novavax offers hope.

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    April 27, Updates

    New mass-vaccination site opens at Great Park A new mass vaccination site has opened in Orange County which should help thousands of people a week get their shots to protect against COVID-19. The new site at Orange County Great Park in Irvine will be open Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Orange County sees vaccine gap […]

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    Spicy turkey burgers

    April 27, 2021 Add some kick to your dinner with this dish.

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    Limeade

    April 26, 2021 Make this tangy and refreshing drink on a hot day.

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    Making life’s biggest decisions

    April 26, 2021 Research reveals how to live without regret: Focus on people, don't miss opportunities and stay true to yourself.

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    An experiment to improve indoor dining air quality

    April 23, 2021 Air safety innovations are making an impact in the restaurant industry.

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    Pandemic parenting tips

    April 27, 2021 Experts share research and advice on how to have more engaging conversations with your children.

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    Study casts doubt on 6-foot rule

    April 26, 2021 Time spent inside, mask status, and air filtration may be much more significant factors than social distancing.

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    April 26, Updates

    Pandemic is over in Britain, experts say COVID in the U.K. has shifted from a pandemic to an endemic situation, where the virus is circulating at a low, largely controllable level. Outdoor mask rule likely to be dropped by CDC Dr. Fauci and other experts said the risk of catching the virus outside is very low, […]

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    Vaccination doesn’t always quell virus fears

    April 25, 2021 Not everyone is ready to get back to pre-pandemic ways. Psychologists urge people to have patience with themselves and others.

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    Smell training can revive lost sense

    April 24, 2021 Teaching the brain's scent pathways to recognize different odors may help one of COVID's most bewildering symptoms.

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    April 23, Updates

    White House expects vaccination rates to ‘moderate and fluctuate’ White House COVID-19 coordinator Jeff Zients said during Friday’s coronavirus briefing that the federal government expects daily vaccination rates to “moderate and fluctuate” during the next stage of the US vaccination program. Nearly 70% of people with mild COVID had lingering health problems up to 6 […]

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    April 22, Updates

    California’s virus case rate is lowest in continental U.S. California’s coronavirus case rate is now the lowest in the continental U.S., an achievement that reflects months of hard-won progress against the pandemic in the aftermath of the state’s devastating fall-and-winter surge. Two new vaccine clinics come to Santa Ana, Irvine A new clinic opened in Santa Ana […]

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    MyTurn is bypassed for most vaccine appointments

    April 22, 2021 Vaccinations booked on the site account for only about 27% of the shots given each day across the state.

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    Outdoor mask? How to decide

    April 22, 2021 Experts recommend the 'two-out-of-three rule' to determine when a face covering is needed.

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    April 21, Updates

    Pageant of Masters, O.C. museums to reopen this summer After more than a yearlong shutdown because of the pandemic, several Orange County arts institutions are emerging from quarantine and reopening their doors. UCSF doctor says COVID booster shots may be unnecessary According to infectious disease physician Dr. Monica Gandhi, there’s good evidence that booster shots may not be […]

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    April 20, Updates

    Nixon Library to be a vaccine site The Richard Nixon Foundation announced today that, in partnership with the Office of State Senator Josh Newman, the Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum will serve as a COVID-19 vaccination site on Wednesday, April 21 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. PDT. Orange County and state health officials gearing up […]

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    Green smoothie

    April 20, 2021 Loaded with vitamins, digestive benefits and veggies, this drink will keep you satisfied and healthy.

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    COVID’s unanswered questions

    April 20, 2021 Scientists share their top coronavirus mysteries.

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    April 19, Updates

    California has 9th-slowest jobs recovery in U.S. The state’s sluggish economic recovery also includes an unemployment rate of 8.4%, fourth-highest in the nation. No guarantee schools will reopen in fall, Newsom says The debate continues over whether in-person classes can safely resume.   California pushes vaccine ‘passports’ – but don’t call them that State health officials insist they have no […]

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    White sauce mushroom and prosciutto pasta

    April 19, 2021 Nothing beats a bowl of creamy noodles.

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    April 16, Updates

    COVID hospitalizations rise in over half of the country Thirty-eight states have reported an increase during the past week in the number of people hospitalized with COVID-19, according to a Washington Post analysis of data provided by the Department of Health and Human Services. The spring wave of the pandemic has driven hospitalizations above 47,000, the highest […]

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    8 fun exercises for kids

    April 16, 2021 Some muscle-building activities include running, jumping, skipping and bear crawls.

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    April 15, Updates

    J&J vaccine clot risk is lower than getting hit by lightning To put the less-than-1-in-a-million chance of getting a severe blood clot from the J&J vaccine in perspective, people face a 1-in-500,000 chance each year of being struck by lightning. “It’s important to keep these numbers in context,” said UCI’s Jonathan Watanabe, a professor of clinical […]

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    Vaccine etiquette

    April 15, 2021 The vaccination phase of the pandemic has created new challenges. Experts share tips.

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    How to prevent vaccine arm soreness

    April 15, 2021 Even if it looks a bit foolish, experts recommend swinging your arm around to increase bloodflow in the injected area.

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    April 14, Updates

    California pauses J&J vaccine on U.S. recommendation California state officials directed counties and other providers on Tuesday to pause use of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine as recommended by the federal government as agencies examine a possible and rare side effect that can cause blood clots. OC health care agency statement on J&J vaccine The County of […]

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    How a pandemic can help us change for the better

    April 14, 2021 Health specialists discuss how to use COVID's challenges — both individual and collective — to set up a better future.

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    J&J clot risk lower than lightning strike

    April 14, 2021 The risk of dying or being hospitalized from COVID is also higher than the risk of a blood clot from the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

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    April 13, Updates

    OC to close two testing super sites on April 30 The OC Health Care Agency (HCA) will close its COVID-19 testing Super Sites at the OC Fair & Event Center and the Anaheim Convention Center on April 30, 2021.  California lifts COVID-19 limits on indoor worship services California on Monday lifted its limits on indoor worship services in […]

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    Korean steamed Egg

    April 13, 2021 These fluffy eggs are whisked with fish sauce for extra flavor.

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    April 12, Updates

    OC announces test run of vaccine passports Orange County’s health care agency says it will launch a pilot program this month to test “digital passports,” which a vaccinated person could use to enter places where strangers inevitably mix, such as at conferences, meetings, concerts and sporting events. Loneliness, anxiety and loss: The pandemic’s toll on children A […]

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    Black bean and corn salsa

    April 12, 2021 Watch this quick clip to learn how to make a healthy dip.

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    How to head off future pandemics, illustrated

    April 12, 2021 Scientists say if we want to prevent another deadly viral outbreak, we should stop it at the source: animals.

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    Dealing with pandemic burnout at work

    April 11, 2021 More than 60% have reported frequent exhaustion during the pandemic. Here's how to cope.

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    April 9, Updates

    U.S. COVID cases and hospitalizations are up CDC director Dr. Rochelle Walensky said in a White House briefing today that COVID-19 cases and ER visits are increasing – particularly for younger people, many of whom have not been vaccinated. Meanwhile, deaths have continued to decrease. California expects a major reduction in vaccines At the very moment […]

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    April 8, Updates

    In vaccine push, no one is speaking Gen Z’s language Most messaging “isn’t targeted toward our age group,” one 22-year-old said. “It doesn’t explain why, if you’re a healthy 19-year-old, you should get this vaccine.” According to recent polls, more than one in five 18- to 24-year-olds said they wouldn’t get vaccinated. City of Irvine offers free […]

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    Testing strategies for COVID air travel

    April 8, 2021 A study shows how requiring a negative test before boarding a plane, as well as five days after, can control the spread of virus.

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    How to resocialize after the pandemic

    April 8, 2021 Researchers offer tips to help relationships bounce back better and stronger after lockdown.

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    Vaccines effective against California variant

    April 8, 2021 As the mutation continues to spread, new research suggests that vaccines should continue to provide an effective defense.

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    When will state mask mandate end?

    April 7, 2021 Experts debate whether the state should continue requiring masks after 'everyone who wants the shot has gotten the shot.'

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    The post-pandemic fallout in K-12 classrooms

    March 31, 2021 As students return to school, the fallout from COVID lockdowns will be all too evident.

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    Quick and easy horchata

    April 6, 2021 Cool down with this creamy refreshment.

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    April 5, 2021

    California to allow indoor concerts, theater performances Indoor concerts, theater performances and other private gatherings can resume starting April 15. To attend, people will either have to be tested or show proof of full vaccination. Attendance capacity will vary by county. Infection rates rise, but experts debate meaning Is the U.S. on the cusp of a […]

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    Think twice before laminating your vaccine card

    April 5, 2021 Consider these factors before taking your card to Staples or Office Depot.

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    How to avoid breathing other people’s air

    April 5, 2021 Constant ventilation in closed rooms is the key, as fresh air dilutes the infected particles.

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    Thai papaya salad

    April 5, 2021 This light, crisp dish is perfect for warmer days ahead.

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    April 1, Updates

    How to persuade the vaccine hesitant Experts on the frontlines — global vaccine scholars, physicians tackling low vaccination rates among Blacks, and multilingual doctors spreading the word — discuss how to handle such conversations. Their suggestions may surprise you. ‘Mom is really different’: Nursing homes reopen to joy and grief Many families are noticing the withering effects of […]

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    Why side effects are more intense after second vaccine

    April 1, 2021 The symptoms are a good sign, scientists say. They mean the body is developing immunity against the virus.

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    A new theory for Zoom fatigue

    April 1, 2021 A scholar explains how video conference calls distort our sense of space.

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    March 31, Updates

    California to close 2 mass vaccination sites in Oakland, L.A. The Federal Emergency Management Agency supplies and administers as many as 7,500 doses per day each site — the Oakland Coliseum and California State University, Los Angeles. They were set up as pilot projects in February and were the first FEMA mass vaccination sites in […]

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    March 30, Updates

    Orange County moving to less-restrictive orange tier Wednesday Orange County can further relax COVID-19 rules for a host of businesses starting Wednesday, March 31, based on case counts and other data that show an improving public health situation. 90% of Americans eligible for vaccine by April 19 President Joe Biden announced on Monday that 90% of […]

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    Turmeric lemon rice

    March 30, 2021 This zesty dish will enliven your senses.

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    March 29, Updates

    OC Fair returns in-person this summer The OC Fair is scheduled to resume in July, with modifications, after being canceled last year for the first time since World War II. Orange County set to open another major vaccination site The new vaccination site will debut at the fairgrounds in Costa Mesa on Wednesday, a day before residents 50 years […]

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    Juicy cheeseburgers

    March 29, 2021 Upgrade your sandwich with spinach, mushrooms and a spicy spread.

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    Can you get by with just one vaccine dose?

    March 29, 2021 A new study shows a single shot of an mRNA COVID vaccine is 80% effective. But two inoculations are still better.

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    Researchers say biomarker predicts COVID severity

    March 26, 2021 Scientists have found a biomarker in blood plasma that may predict the severity of COVID cases. The discovery could help pave a new path for treatments.

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    How to persuade the vaccine hesitant

    March 26, 2021 Experts provide suggestions on navigating difficult conversations with vaccine skeptics.

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    March 25, Updates

    All Californians 50 and older eligible for COVID vaccine April 1 Gov. Gavin Newsom announced today that everyone age 50 and older will be eligible for a vaccine in California starting April 1. On April 15, the state will open appointments to Californians 16 and older. A bad news bias in COVID coverage Virus coverage by U.S. […]

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    Vaccine passports ahead?

    March 25, 2021 Five experts discuss the implications of vaccine ID cards, which seem inevitable.

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    What happens to those who don’t get a vaccine?

    March 25, 2021 People who decline immunization delay the safety of others, and are likely to eventually to get infected.

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    March 24, Updates

    OC and L.A. could move into orange tier next week If current numbers hold, the state’s largest and third-largest counties will qualify to further loosen restrictions next week. In Orange County, the number of ICU cases shrank to a new low on Tuesday (40), according to a county hospitalization/ICU chart that shows COVID numbers since May 27. Should you […]

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    Cool it on spring fever, expert warns

    March 24, 2021 Although businesses are reopening across the U.S., doctor urges continued masking and distancing until more people are vaccinated.

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    Banana waffles

    March 23, 2021 Take your breakfast to the next level with this recipe.

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    To shave or not to shave

    March 23, 2021 Beards may reduce the effectiveness of masks by creating a gap between the face and the mask.

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    March 23, Updates

    AstraZeneca stands by U.S. trial results despite experts’ concern Pharmaceutical giant AstraZeneca stood by the results of its U.S.-based clinical trial on Tuesday, a day after the Data and Safety Monitoring Board expressed concern that the data from the trial may have been “outdated” and “incomplete.” California allows youth band, choir, drama to resume with modifications […]

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    Yaki udon

    March 22, 2021 These flavorful noodles are loaded with veggies.

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    March 22, Updates

    California adopts 3-foot spacing for classrooms Students are now allowed to sit 3 feet apart — instead of 4 or 6 feet — a change that pressures local officials toward a faster and fuller reopening of campuses that have been closed for over a year in response to the pandemic. AstraZeneca vaccine 79% effective in U.S. […]

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    How to boost your memory at work

    March 20, 2021 Relaxation techniques may combat pandemic forgetfulness by reducing stress levels.

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    March 19, Updates

    Elementary school students don’t need to be kept 6 feet apart, says CDC In a major policy revision, federal health officials on Friday relaxed the 6-foot distancing rule for elementary school students, saying they need only remain 3 feet apart in classrooms as long as everyone is wearing a mask. The 3-foot rule also now applies […]

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    March 18, Updates

    Magic Mountain will be first area theme park to reopen Six Flags plans to welcome back season pass holders April 1 and the general public April 3. However, a trade group is asking visitors not to scream on roller coasters. How doing nothing can make you more productive It’s gotten harder to create mental breaks as work and home […]

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    What are kids learning from popular TV shows?

    March 18, 2021 Messages gleaned from TV can influence attitudes and behaviors later in life, experts say.

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    Baby aspirin vs. COVID

    March 18, 2021 These cheap, over-the-counter pills can keep patients out of ICUs and reduce deaths, researchers say.

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    How effective is the J&J vaccine?

    March 18, 2021 Although less effective at blocking mild cases, the one-dose inoculation was 100% effective against hospitalizations and death.

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    March 17, Updates

    Antibodies present in about 1 in 5 blood donations from unvaccinated people In the first week of March, more than 20% of blood donations from unvaccinated people had COVID-19 antibodies, according to data from the American Red Cross. US Health Department announces $10 billion to expand coronavirus testing in schools The US Department of Health and […]

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    March 16, Updates

    1 million vaccine doses given in OC As of Monday, March 15, Orange County residents have received 1,005,143 doses, according to the state’s database that tracks vaccine delivery. That’s not to say 1 million residents have been vaccinated – some people still need their second dose as recommended for the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines. OC to […]

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    Banana bread coffee cake

    March 16, 2021 The aromatic spices will delight your senses.

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    Chicken fried rice

    March 15, 2021 This classic Chinese dish can be eaten as a side or an entree.

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    March 15, Updates

    OC gyms, movie theaters and indoor dining reopen On Sunday, Orange County returned to the less-restrictive red tier of the state’s coronavirus regulatory system, allowing for bigger crowds in retail stores and the reopening of museums, gyms, movie theaters and indoor dining at restaurants. CDC may cut social distancing at schools from 6 feet to 3 feet […]

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    March 12, Updates

    President Biden announces that all adults should be eligible for COVID-19 vaccine by May 1 In his first primetime address on March 11, President Joe Biden delivered hopeful news by announcing that all adults should be eligible for the vaccine by May 1. California releases details on upcoming vaccine eligibility guidelines Four days before an estimated 4.4 […]

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    The pandemic year in pictures

    March 11, 2021 A photo-journey of how far we've come since last March.

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    Better vaccines in pipeline

    March 11, 2021 Vaccines that don’t require needles and can be stored at room temperature may be ready later this year or next year.

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    Should you ‘fake commute’ to remote work?

    March 11, 2021 A morning or post-work walk can offer psychological and physical benefits.

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    March 11, Updates

    Former presidents do vaccine PSA In a one-minute spot released Wednesday by the Ad Council, ex-presidents Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama urge Americans to get inoculated. Much of SoCal likely to start reopening this weekend The counties of Orange, L.A. and San Bernardino are expected to advance to the red tier this weekend, which […]

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    How stress and sleep affect vaccine power

    March 11, 2021 A large study will examine how factors like age and insomnia affect immune function.

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    Congrats, your sense of time has been off for a year now

    March 11, 2021 Psychologists explain why it seems like time is simultaneously flying by and standing still.

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    March 10, Updates

    If trends hold, Orange County will move to red tier next week Orange County notched week one of two in qualifying to move to the less restrictive red tier of pandemic rules, according to a state Department of Public Health update Tuesday, March 9. If three key coronavirus metrics continue their downward trend from pandemic […]

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    Banana pancakes

    March 8, 2021 This simple recipe will sweeten your morning.

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    Kofta Chalao

    March 8, 2021 These meatballs are bursting with vibrant spices.

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    The link between COVID and weight

    March 5, 2021 Being overweight was second only to old age as the greatest predictor of hospitalization and death from the virus, a study says.

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    March 9, Updates

    Inside the COVID-19 recession, one of the most unequal in modern history While many middle and high-income workers are back at work, the country’s low-wage workers are still suffering from a recession that has annihilated their jobs. Stimulus check for family of 4 could be $5,600; vaccine surplus expected soon; more schools opening up If the U.S. […]

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    COVID altered the link between exercise and mental health

    March 9, 2021 New evidence suggests that disruptions to physical activity boosted the risk for depression during the pandemic.

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    The health benefits of tea

    March 9, 2021 Research reveals that both green and black tea lower blood pressure.

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    March 8, Updates

    CDC loosens rules for fully vaccinated people The new guidance offers vaccinated Americans more freedom to socialize and pursue routine daily activities, including indoor visits with unvaccinated members of a single household at low risk of severe disease, without wearing masks or distancing. California OKs reopening of ballparks, Disneyland California has once again changed its COVID restrictions, […]

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    A lost year: What the pandemic cost teenagers

    March 8, 2021 An in-depth analysis of how school closures have affected young people reveals a complicated and tragic picture.

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    March 5, Updates

    How to get a vaccine in Orange County Orange County is currently vaccinating residents and those who work in the county in phases 1A and 1B – which include critical and healthcare workers; residents of long-term care facilities; people 65 and older; educators; food service, grocery and agriculture workers; childcare providers and emergency services. There […]

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    3 ways to ease pandemic-related fatigue

    March 4, 2021 These coping strategies can help reframe your thoughts and redirect your energy.

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    The short, middle and long-term future of COVID

    March 4, 2021 Experts analyze possible courses the virus could take in coming days, months and years.

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    March 4, 2021

    COVID death rate 10x higher in nations with pervasive obesity Nearly 90% of coronavirus deaths happened in countries where most of the population was overweight, according to a new study. Increased body weight was the second greatest predictor of hospitalization and risk of death after old age, the report noted. In the U.S., almost 75% of the […]

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    The downside of having no stress

    March 4, 2021 Experiencing stress every now and then might signal an active and healthy social life.

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    How COVID changed Internet searches

    March 4, 2021 Sourdough, cemeteries, sacrifice and sewing machines are a few of the terms that became more popular during the pandemic, according to an analysis of online behavior.

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    Delaying your second vaccine dose may help

    March 3, 2021 Researchers say not to worry about getting your second shot late.

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    March 3, 2020

    COVID-19 vaccine distribution channels There are many ways to get a vaccine. Here is an infographic of vaccine distribution channels. Disneyland vaccine site to temporarily close to install drive-thru access The coronavirus vaccine supersite at Disneyland will close Thursday through the weekend for officials to reconfigure it to include drive-thru vaccinations. When it reopens, the site […]

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    Thai coconut red curry

    March 2, 2021 This tasty dish has a wonderful balance of protein and veggies.

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    March 2, Updates

    Several vaccination sites open in Riverside County A Desert Hot Springs COVID-19 vaccination site will open Wednesday along with several other locations. The county listed the site at 11-711 West Drive in Desert Hot Springs, which is the location of the Carl May Community Center. The county is also opening two new sites in Corona and […]

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    Does vaccination help ‘long-haul’ virus patients?

    March 2, 2021 According to early reports, people with persistent symptoms may improve after getting the shot.

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    March 1, Updates

    California eyes new incentive program to reopen schools Gov. Newsom and legislative leaders struck a deal Sunday to give school districts $2 billion in incentives to resume in-person instruction for students in transitional kindergarten through second grade by April 1. But the agreement stops short of mandating that schools reopen. In a related story, CalMatters explains who has the […]

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    Creamy pancetta chicken spinach pasta

    March 1, 2021 Deep, rich flavors make this an ideal comfort meal.

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    When will nursing homes reopen to visitors?

    March 1, 2021 Although their cases have plummeted 98% since December, long-term care centers are still waiting for state guidance before resuming indoor visits.

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    How to cope with the pandemic anniversary

    February 26, 2021 After a year in quarantine, challenging feelings may arise. Here are some techniques to manage them.

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    February 26, Updates

    Orange County receives more than 83,000 additional doses of COVID-19 vaccines After appointments were canceled last week due to vaccine shipment delays caused by winter storms seen across the nation, Orange County has received more than 83,000 additional COVID-19 vaccine doses. As of Thursday, about 261,585 Orange County residents have received a first dose of a COVID-19 […]

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    Long-haulers and neurological damage

    February 25, 2021 Brain fog, depression, anxiety. A coronavirus researcher discusses COVID's lasting consequences and how to prevent them.

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    Are we stuck with COVID forever?

    February 25, 2021 Experts discuss the long-term coronavirus outlook, and lessons for future pandemics.

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    February 25, Updates

    Stop panicking about COVID variants, expert says A UCSF infectious disease specialist says the vaccines are effective at preventing serious illness, even from virus variants. And, as cases continue to plummet, two other experts predict the pandemic could be largely over in the U.S. before May. Delays mar Blue Shield’s California vaccine rollout State officials hired the […]

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    Stop panicking over variants, expert says

    February 24, 2021 An infectious diseases expert is 'extremely optimistic' that all of the vaccines will prevent severe illness — even from variants.

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    February 24, Updates

    More California counties move out of most restrictive tier Five California counties are moving out of the state’s most restrictive COVID-19 tier. The counties moving from the purple tier to the red tier include Humboldt, Marin, San Mateo, Shasta and Yolo. Newsom signs COVID relief bill Some relief is on the way for 5.7 million Californians – with each […]

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    Are COVID-19 vaccines safe for pregnant women?

    February 23, 2021 Despite some unknowns, the benefits of being vaccinated while pregnant likely outweigh the risks.

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    Singaporean curry rice noodles

    February 23, 2021 Try these spicy rice noodles when you're craving seafood.

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    February 23, Updates

    ‘Partial herd immunity’ emerging, but some challenge value of status Infection and hospitalization rates are falling dramatically, leading some officials to declare that “partial” herd immunity has been achieved. Some say that as many as one-third of Americans might have already had the virus and call that the indicator of a waning pandemic. Others argue that “partial” […]

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    Shortbread chocolate chip cookies

    February 22, 2021 Treat your sweet tooth with this confection.

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    February 22, Updates

    Costco begins offering vaccines Warehouse retailer Costco has begun offering COVID-19 vaccinations at select locations in California. “Our pharmacies will be administering COVID-19 vaccines as soon as they are available, in accordance with CDC and state guidelines,” the retailer said. Pandemic job losses caused 30,000 deaths, study says UC San Francisco researchers estimate that last spring’s unemployment […]

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    How to make your mask more comfy

    February 19, 2021 Doctors offer tips on how to find a mask that is both effective and snug.

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    February 19, Updates

    Orange County temporarily closes mass vaccination sites Shipment disruptions caused by the severe cold weather gripping much of the country are causing closures at mass vaccination sites in Orange County. The Disneyland Super POD in Anaheim, set up in one of the theme park’s parking lots, closed Thursday and will remain closed through Monday, pending delivery […]

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    February 18, Updates

    California officials reach deal on COVID relief State lawmakers have worked out a multibillion-dollar COVID-19 relief package that will offer $600 payments to low-income families and undocumented immigrants as well as support for farmworkers and small businesses.  Mass vaccination site at Anaheim Convention Center will be OC’s 3rd Orange County plans to launch its third mass vaccination […]

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    6 ways to manage coronavirus depression

    February 18, 2021 With depressive symptoms on the rise, taking care of emotional and mental health is more important than ever.

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    February 17, Updates

    OC virus numbers improve again, putting red tier within sight For now, the county remains in the most restrictive purple tier, but its metrics have improved for five straight weeks. New map shows which California school districts are open The map was released by state officials on Friday. An interactive version lets viewers see which grade levels are in-person vs. hybrid […]

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    The biggest key to feeling more connected during pandemic

    February 17, 2021 Studies reveal this factor offsets isolation more than children or pets.

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    Reopening schools, A to Z

    February 16, 2021 With the end of online classes in sight, two experts offer their analysis.

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    Cauliflower garlic bread

    February 16, 2021 This recipe can also be made gluten-free.

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    Grilled chicken burgers

    February 16, 2021 These gourmet sandwiches can be made at home for less than $10.

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    February 16, Updates

    OC makes push to vaccinate those with less access “I think that the county now really recognizes that there are challenges. It’s not just ‘If you have vaccine, they will come,’” said Bernadette Boden-Albala, dean of UC Irvine’s School of Public Health and a member of the county’s vaccine task force. “Equity is about making sure […]

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    New drug may tame COVID cytokine storms

    February 12, 2021 The treatment has successfully completed phase 1 trials, with 29 of 30 patients leaving the hospital within 3-5 days.

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    February 12, Updates

    New CDC guidelines: if vaccinated, no quarantine needed if exposed to COVID-19 The Centers for Disease Control issued new guidelines regarding COVID-19 exposure for those who have completed the currently available two-dose regimen of the COVID-19 vaccine. A vaccinated person exposed to a person with COVID-19 positivity or active infection can forego quarantine if they meet the […]

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    February 11, Updates

    OC won’t vaccinate teachers, food workers for at least 2 weeks With only about a quarter of Orange County residents who are 65 and older vaccinated, public health officials say it will be at least two weeks before eligibility is expanded to teachers and food service workers. Asymptomatic patients less likely to infect others, study says […]

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    Man’s best pandemic friend?

    February 11, 2021 Trained scent dogs can identify people who have COVID, possibly more accurately than conventional detection tests.

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    What does 95% efficacy really mean for a vaccine?

    February 11, 2021 It doesn't mean that 5% of vaccinated people get COVID. The level of protection is actually much higher.  

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    Lockdown lessons from a history of solitude

    February 11, 2021 'No man is an island,' wrote John Donne in 1624. History offers many lessons on coping with the solitude of lockdowns.

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    In anxious times, gardens offer consolation

    February 10, 2021 The cycles of plant life remind us that rebirth is possible and spring is on the horizon.

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    Improve how your mask protects you

    February 10, 2021 When choosing a face covering, consider how well it fits and how well it filters the air.

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    February 10, Updates

    Facebook plans to remove posts with false vaccine claims Facebook said that it plans to remove posts with erroneous claims about vaccines from across its platform, including taking down assertions that vaccines cause autism or that it is safer for people to contract the coronavirus than to receive the vaccinations. Pfizer expects to cut vaccine production time […]

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    Blistered cherry tomato pasta

    February 9, 2021 Garlic, basil and optional chili flakes give this dish a flavorful kick.

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    Improving antibody infusion numbers

    February 9, 2021 UCI Health created a treatment system that keeps hospital beds available for patients with the greatest need.

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    February 9, Updates

    OC COVID-19 vaccine updates Othena.com is now available in Spanish. In Orange County, 131,320 residents have been vaccinated and those who have been vaccinated will soon be notified of a second dose appointment. For the latest news on OC’s COVID-19 vaccine efforts, subscribe to the County’s vaccine newsletter. WHO team says theory COVID began in Wuhan […]

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    February 8, Updates

    Schools set to reopen in Chicago, NYC While many California schools remain shuttered, classes in the Windy City could begin reopening this week, and New York City middle schools are scheduled to resume Feb. 25. U.K. variant spreading rapidly in America, study says The more contagious version of the virus is outcompeting other mutant strains in the U.S. and […]

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    February 5, Updates

    Just in time for the Super Bowl the CDC issues guidance for large gatherings Attending large gatherings like the Super Bowl increases your risk of getting and spreading COVID-19. The safest way to watch the Super Bowl this year is at home with people you live with. If you choose to attend the Super Bowl […]

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    Time for a nap?

    February 4, 2021 The pros and cons of midafternoon shuteye sessions.

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    February 4, Updates

    Assembly bill would speed reopening of theme parks A Fullerton Democrat is co-sponsoring legislation to let Disneyland and other big theme parks reopen in the same earlier tier as small amusement parks. Feds to open mass vaccination sites in California The federal government will open its first mass COVID-19 vaccination sites in California – one at the Oakland Coliseum […]

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    Researchers create synthetic antibody to fight COVID

    February 4, 2021 A laboratory version of tiny molecules found in llamas and camels is being used to neutralize the coronavirus.

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    How easy is it to understand speech behind a mask?

    February 4, 2021 Ten months into social distancing and face coverings, people are adapting well, a new study says.

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    How noise and trees affect teenage sleep

    February 3, 2021 Neighborhood character affects slumber, memory and thinking skills, studies show.

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    February 3, Updates

    What’s going on with all these coronavirus variants? An illustrated guide Check out this lay version of how the coronavirus mutates and what that looks like in this article with easy-to-understand language and illustrations. ICE won’t make immigration arrests at vaccination sites The U.S. government says it won’t conduct immigration enforcement arrests at or near coronavirus vaccination […]

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    Is it fair to compare pandemic deaths to war fatalities?

    February 3, 2021 Should a politically driven world war and a biologically driven pandemic, more than seven decades apart, be put side by side?

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    Now that I’m vaccinated, can I hug my grandkids?

    February 2, 2021 A Q&A with infectious disease experts.

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    Virus variants: an illustrated guide

    February 2, 2021 This primer will help readers understand the various coronavirus mutations.

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    Comparing the vaccines by Pfizer, Moderna and J&J

    February 2, 2021 A head-to-head rundown on the three leading vaccine options.

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    Making masks smarter and safer

    January 26, 2021 Researchers are developing a color-changing strip that can detect COVID in a user’s breath.

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    New COVID treatment could be 30 times stronger than Remdesivir

    January 26, 2021 Powerful antiviral offers hope as it performs successfully in human and animal studies.

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    Creamy bean salad with herb dressing

    February 2, 2021 Serve with focaccia or greens for a quick and healthy lunch.

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    February 2, Updates

    County of Orange partners with State of California to establish oxygen depot The State of California’s Emergency Services Authority, in partnership with the County of Orange’s Orange County Emergency Medical Services team, has established an Oxygen Depot at the former El Toro Marine base in the City of Tustin. The Oxygen Depot, which is being staffed by […]

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    Should you hold your breath when walking past others?

    February 1, 2021 Although the risk of catching the virus from a passer-by is low, not breathing during such encounters can't hurt, experts say.

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    When and how to wear a double mask

    February 1, 2021 For maximum protection indoors, wear a surgical mask covered with tightly-woven cloth material or use a three-layer face covering.

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    January 29, Updates

    County of Orange launches emergency rental assistance program The County of Orange will launch an Emergency Rental Assistance program on February 1, 2021 and will accept applications for a period of one month from eligible renter households with unpaid rent or utilities bills due to the impact of COVID-19. Johnson & Johnson single-dose COVID vaccine is 66% […]

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    How opera singers are helping long-haul COVID patients

    January 28, 2021 Starting with lullabies, the program uses singing exercises to help people who are experiencing breathlessness and anxiety.

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    January 28, Updates

    OC requests fixes to vaccine appointment app The $1.2 million Othena app, website and hotline are a mess, according to Orange County officials and many users. How to get the vaccine in Orange County Tips from the Los Angeles Times. COVID fatigue is a real thing, study says Mask wearing is up, but adherence to other guidelines has […]

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    Crispy stuffed sweet potato skins with cashew cream

    January 27, 2021 This vegan side dish can pair with just about anything.

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    January 27, Updates

    Biden acts to expand COVID-19 vaccine distribution President Biden announced that his administration will rush additional vaccine doses to states, territories and tribal governments and purchase 200 million more, ramping up its effort to inoculate more Americans more quickly. Under the plan, 10 million doses would be distributed each week for the next three weeks, up […]

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    Those virus mutations? Don’t worry yet

    January 27, 2021 Fears that COVID vaccines might not deter the South African variant are based on imperfect and incomplete lab studies, expert says.

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    Creamy curried coconut black bean soup

    January 5, 2021 This comforting recipe will warm you up on a chilly day.

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    CDC finds scant COVID spread in schools

    January 26, 2021 When masks and distancing are employed, viral transmission is quite low, researchers found.

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    COVID-19 Vaccine Info

    Is the vaccine safe?  The U.S. vaccine safety system ensures that all vaccines are as safe as possible. Learn how federal partners are working together to ensure the safety of COVID-19 vaccines.  The CDC has developed a new tool, v-safe, as an additional layer of safety monitoring to increase the ability to rapidly detect any safety issues with COVID-19 vaccines. […]

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    January 26, Updates

    The pandemic altered financial behaviors; what to expect to change for good The COVID-19 pandemic halted some financial behaviors while creating new ones. Some of these trends might unwind in coming months, once vaccines are widely distributed and the health risks subside. But others could endure much longer, possibly becoming permanent fixtures. CA state pilots website for […]

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    Website tracks vaccine availability

    January 26, 2021 VaccinateCA calls hospitals, pharmacies and other medical centers to compile information about each California county’s vaccination availability.

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    Can shocking photos persuade COVID doubters?

    January 25, 2021 The results of a new study may surprise you.

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    January 25, Updates

    California ends stay-at-home orders The change will allow businesses such as restaurants to resume outdoor dining in many areas, although local officials could choose to continue stricter rules. The move follows criticism that Gov. Newsom wouldn’t disclose the data being used to project ICU capacity. Moderna working on vaccine booster for new variant The current vaccine is less protective […]

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    January 22, Updates

    Orange County readies second mass vaccination site at Soka University Orange County staff and volunteers are gearing up for the opening of a mass vaccination center at Soka University in Aliso Viejo on Saturday. Amazon offers to help with COVID-19 vaccine distribution Amazon is offering its help to President Joe Biden with the rollout of COVID-19 vaccines, while […]

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    COVID predictions for 2021 and beyond

    January 21, 2021 Experts answer questions about reopening, herd immunity, mutations and the long-term effects of COVID-19.

  • January 21, Updates

    OC case numbers continue downward slide Although still high and straining resources, the number of people hospitalized with COVID-19 in Orange County has steadily fallen over the last two weeks, from a Jan. 7 peak of 2,259 to 1,935 on Wednesday, a 14% decline (similarly, L.A. County hospitalizations are down 10% since Jan. 5). ICU cases in […]

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    Did outdoor dining ban fuel California’s surge?

    January 20, 2021 Some experts suggest closing restaurants contributed to the surge by pushing people toward riskier at-home gatherings.

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    January 20, Updates

    Did outdoor dining ban contribute to virus surge? The mayor of Chicago and a UCSF infectious disease expert suggest that closing restaurants inadvertently pushed people toward riskier, unregulated home gatherings. COVID death rate declined in California, even amid surge The death rate from COVID-19 has been steadily declining in California. Data shows that the downward trend continued […]

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    Coffee cake

    January 19, 2021 This recipe will make you look forward to getting out of bed.

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    Breakfast casserole

    January 19, 2021 The most important meal of the day might also be the most delicious.

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    January 19, Updates

    College Board scraps SAT’s optional essay and subject tests The College Board announced it will discontinue those assessments. Officials said the pandemic has “accelerated a process already underway at the College Board to simplify our work and reduce demands on students.” California launches site for schools to report virus concerns State officials have launched an online hub […]

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    How to stay safe when going out

    January 19, 2021 A guide to reducing your risk at weddings, hotels, banks, libraries and various other settings and activities.

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    How to help kids build creativity

    January 19, 2021 These research-backed tips will inspire children's imaginations in any setting.

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    How much virus you’re exposed to matters. Here’s how to reduce it

    January 15, 2021 Masking can prevent up to 70% of transmission, which is basically as good as one dose of the vaccine, a researcher says.

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    Smartwatches can help detect COVID before symptoms arise

    January 15, 2021 Wearable devices that monitor heart rates, skin temperature and other markers can help spot coronavirus infections days before a person is diagnosed.

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    Lessons from Dante for the COVID era

    January 14, 2021 The Divine Comedy's insights on human nature offer timeless wisdom to contemporary readers.

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    How effective is a single vaccine dose?

    January 14, 2021 The answer is complicated and depends on which vaccine you receive. But getting two shots is still better than one.

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    January 14, Updates

    Single-shot vaccine on track for March rollout, company says Johnson & Johnson said it expects to have clear data on the vaccine’s effectiveness by early February and will deliver 1 billion doses by the end of the year. Calls to reopen schools grow as teachers get vaccine State leaders around the U.S. are pushing for classrooms to reopen […]

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    How worried should you be about new virus variant?

    January 13, 2021 The mutation isn't more likely to cause severe disease or death, but it's 70% more contagious, so social distancing and mask wearing are crucial to slowing it down.

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    January 13, Updates

    Orange County opens coronavirus vaccinations to anyone 65 and older Any Orange County resident age 65 and older is now eligible to be vaccinated against the coronavirus, county health officials said yesterday. COVID-19 vaccinations at Disneyland by appointment only The County’s three existing POD sites were overwhelmed by individuals without appointments yesterday, effectively shutting down the vaccination sites. […]

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    January 12, Updates

    Five things to know about the COVID-19 vaccine timeline In this short YouTube video from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services created last month, Paul Ostrowski, Director of Supply, Production and Distribution for Operation Warp Speed, explains how the operation leveraged breakthroughs in science and manufacturing to accelerate the development of a safe, effective COVID-19 […]

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    No bake cheesecake

    January 12, 2020 Cake can be made in the freezer too.

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    Helping charities during the pandemic

    January 11, 2021 A nonprofit incubator has raised $4.2 million for 164 O.C. organizations.

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    January 11, Updates

    Does Vitamin D combat COVID? A growing body of evidence indicates the sunshine vitamin does help, but some experts remain skeptical. California has third-worst case rate per capita in U.S. Despite lockdown measures, the Golden State’s seven-day average of new cases per 100,000 residents trails only Arizona and Rhode Island. At times in recent weeks, California has had the […]

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    1,273 people share their best life lessons from 2020

    January 11, 2021 A collection of life lessons, insights and startling discoveries, boiled down into 10 categories.

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    Don’t take these OTC meds before getting vaccine

    January 11, 2021 Taking ibuprofen or acetaminophen before a COVID shot could make it less effective, doctors warn.

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    Does Vitamin D combat COVID?

    January 10, 2021 A growing body of evidence indicates the sunshine vitamin does help, but some experts remain skeptical.

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    January 8, Updates

    WHO approves delaying time between coronavirus vaccine doses Experts at the World Health Organization on Friday approved delaying the times between doses of Pfizer and BioNTech’s coronavirus vaccine. The organization’s Strategic Advisory Group of Experts on immunization published guidance stating that the interval between doses “may be extended up to 42 days (6 weeks), on […]

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    January 7, Updates

    People without symptoms spread most cases, CDC model says Fifty-nine percent of all transmission came from people without symptoms, under the model’s baseline scenario. That includes 35% from people who infect others before they show symptoms and 24% from people who never develop symptoms at all. California asks residents to limit in-state travel to 120 miles […]

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    UCI team working on vaccine for future coronaviruses

    January 6, 2021 If successful, the preemptive vaccine could thwart future human and animal coronaviruses, as well as COVID-19. Clinical trials could begin in June.

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    January 6, Updates

    1,000 LA County citizens lost to COVID in a week More than 1,000 people have died of Covid-19 in Los Angeles County over the past week as California grapples with surging cases and overwhelmed hospitals. On Tuesday, the state reported 368 new coronavirus deaths — pushing the number of lives lost in the state to 27,000 […]

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    The healing power of art in a pandemic

    January 5, 2021 While in-person performances are on hold, the need for the arts continues, partly as a salve for the pandemic. To compensate, students took live shows online.

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    January 5, Updates

    California has six confirmed cases of the new coronavirus strain California now has six confirmed cases of the new strain of the coronavirus, first discovered last month in the United Kingdom. Two confirmed cases are in San Bernardino County and four are in San Diego County. Why you may get the vaccine from a dentist The Department […]

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    Debating the origins of COVID

    January 5, 2021 Although there is little conclusive evidence that the virus originated in a lab, experiments involving virulent strains pose a growing risk.

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    Orange blast smoothie

    January 4, 2021 Boost your Vitamin C intake with this creamy drink.

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    How nature can help your health

    January 4, 2021 An upcoming free lecture explains how connecting to the environment improves mental, emotional and physical wellbeing.

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    January 4, Updates

    California freshmen find virtual alternatives to social life The pandemic has forced campus groups to get creative with how they offer activities and events. But many students remain lonely. TSA screens 3 million travelers over New Year’s weekend The latest numbers bring the sum of holiday travel, which began Dec. 18, to more than 17.7 million […]

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    Nine creative ways to socialize safely

    January 3, 2021 Human contact helps prevent a host of mental and physical ailments. These tips will help you reduce the risks of social isolation.

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    Still disinfecting surfaces? It may not be worth it

    December 28, 2020 On surfaces, the virus decays very quickly, making the risk of infection low, experts say. Plus, all the disinfectants can be toxic.

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    One shot or two? Experts debate vaccine strategy

    December 26, 2020 Because the first dose offers some protection, a number of experts believe the quickest way to thwart the virus is to give initial injections as widely as possible now.

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    A paramedic’s COVID ordeal

    December 23, 2020 An Anaheim fire captain who spent four weeks in the hospital offers words of advice.

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    As COVID explodes, was California too strict for its own good?

    December 22, 2020 Opening and closing was a valve that allowed relief in other states, but California's rules didn't let enough steam escape, says an infectious disease expert.

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    How breast milk could help fight the virus

    December 21, 2020 Mothers who recover from COVID-19 could pass their immunity to babies, and possibly help ill adults.

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    Wearable sensor may signal you have COVID

    December 17, 2020 A smart ring that tracks body temperature may detect COVID when symptoms are subtle or unnoticed.

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    December 17, Updates

    Who’s next in line for California vaccines Teachers, first responders, grocery employees and restaurant workers were among those recommended to get the next round of scarce vaccines in California, as were florists and sawmill operators, who fall into the broad category of essential workers. State sets daily record for coronavirus cases, deaths California broke its statewide records for […]

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    UCI researchers create model to calculate COVID-19 health outcomes

    December 17, 2020 The free online tool uses a patient’s medical history to determine who can be sent home and who will need critical care.

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    December 16, Updates

    Irvine extends testing at Great Park through February Irvine is using city funds to pay for the drive-through COVID testing, which is free for people who live or work in town but don’t have health insurance. California getting 1 million more vaccine doses next week With an expected 393,000 more doses from Pfizer and 672,000 from […]

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    Abstinence only vs. reducing COVID risk

    December 9, 2020 A Harvard epidemiologist says current rules and messaging are backfiring. She suggests a time-tested alternative.

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    December 15, Updates

    Shifting stories on school COVID closures “The assumption that keeping the kids home is going to prevent transmission has not been borne out at all by the data — in fact, the opposite,” says Dr. Dan Cooper, a UCI pediatrics professor. “We’ve seen the largest increase in pediatric COVID cases — and they’re mostly asymptomatic — […]

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    December 14, Updates

    Abstinence-only vs. reducing COVID risk A Harvard epidemiologist and a UCSF infectious disease specialist are part of a growing chorus of experts who say current messaging strategies are backfiring. They suggest adapting the “safe sex” approach that helped combat the spread of AIDS. “Instead of yelling even louder about Christmas than about Thanksgiving,” one says, offer “practical ways to […]

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    Hopeful images from 2020

    December 11, 2020 These uplifting photos will remind you that the past year was also about joy and kindness.

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    If you get the vaccine, do you still have to wear a mask?

    December 10, 2020 The short answer is yes, because it's not known whether the virus could still set up shop in your nose and cause you to pass droplets to others.

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    December 10, Updates

    Newsom reverses order that closed playgrounds The change to the governor’s stay-at-home order follows a backlash from legislators, parents and health experts. “There hasn’t been a single case from a playground,” said Dr. Monica Gandhi, an infectious disease expert at UC San Francisco. After the state reversed its stance, L.A. County followed suit. L.A. restaurants win court battle over outdoor […]

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    December 9, Updates

    County of Orange prepares for first allocation of COVID-19 vaccine County of Orange health officials were notified by the California Department of Public Health on Dec. 1 that the OC Health Care Agency should make preparations to receive 25,350 doses of Pfizer-manufactured COVID-19 vaccine on Dec. 15. County of Orange expands at-home, saliva-based COVID-19 testing to […]

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    Drive-by burials: Grief in COVID era will weigh on psyches for years

    December 9, 2020 Lack of contact and comfort from other people can produce long-term side effects.

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    How to handle holiday stress

    December 8, 2020 A psychologist shares insights on how to handle COVID-related challenges without losing the holiday spirit.

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    COVID’s long-term economic impact

    December 8, 2020 An economics professor discusses what previous pandemics and downturns can teach us about today’s crisis — and how we can prevent the worst results.

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    December 8, Updates

    California receiving 2 million vaccines this month The state expects to receive a little more than two million doses of the vaccine this month between distributions from the pharmaceutical company, Pfizer, and biotechnology maker, Moderna., which could vaccinate nearly half of the state’s 2.4 million healthcare workers. CA state officials walk back grocery store limits Officials issued […]

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    Isolation’s devastating toll on nursing home residents

    December 7, 2020 Loneliness leads to a tailspin of declining physical and mental health, experts say.

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    Coronavirus and mental health

    December 7, 2020 Wellness tips for every age and background.

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    Is ‘stay at home’ the best message?

    December 7, 2020 Some experts say excessively strict lockdown measures may backfire. They offer a better approach.

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    UCI researchers develop rapid antibody technique

    December 7, 2020 Using the same yeast that ferments wine, scientists create synthetic COVID antibodies.

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    A new chapter in teaching

    December 7, 2020 Experts help students, instructors navigate a challenging learning landscape.

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    The Swiss cheese model of pandemic defense

    December 7, 2020 It's not edible, but it could save your health. A virologist explains.

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    December 7, Updates

    SoCal stay-at-home order takes effect On Sunday, the governor imposed new restrictions on Orange County and 10 other counties in the state’s Southern California region. Some businesses, officials vow to defy shutdown order Restaurateurs, county sheriffs, winery owners, barbers and others have raised objections to the governor’s latest restrictions. What’s the science behind the new restrictions? Experts discuss the pros […]

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    What’s the science behind the new lockdown?

    December 5, 2020 Experts discuss the pros and cons of various restrictions, from closing playgrounds to halting outdoor dining.

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    Anatomy of a vaccine

    December 3, 2020 What it takes to create a safe, effective coronavirus shot.

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    December 2, Updates

    CDC shortens quarantine period to 10 days Today, the CDC announced a change to its guidelines, shortening the recommended quarantine period from 14 days after a person has been exposed to the coronavirus, with two alternatives. The first alternative is to end quarantine after 10 days if no symptoms are reported and the second is to […]

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    Here’s when we’ll know the impact of Thanksgiving gatherings

    December 2, 2020 Any initial uptick in COVID cases should appear by Friday, experts say. A clearer picture will emerge later this month.

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    The surprising mental toll of COVID

    December 1, 2020 Scientists are finding intriguing differences in how people's mental health is affected by the pandemic, and why.

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    December 1, Updates

    CDC to vote today on who will get coronavirus vaccine first Today, advisers to the U.S. CDC have called an emergency meeting to vote on who they recommend should be the first to get a coronavirus vaccine once authorized. Governor Newsom warns of stricter restrictions Governor Newsom warns that intensive care units could be overloaded by the […]

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    How COVID will change movies

    November 30, 2020 The pandemic is likely to permanently alter the production, distribution and viewing of movies, according to a film professor.

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    November 25, Updates

    CDC finalizing recommendation to shorten COVID quarantines CDC officials are finalizing recommendations for a new quarantine period that would likely be between seven and 10 days and include a test to ensure a person is negative for COVID-19. A glimmer of hope: Global flu infections hit record lows amid pandemic Public health officials and experts watching the […]

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    What is COVID doing to our hearts?

    November 24, 2020 A cardiologist discusses what we know so far about COVID's impact on the cardiovascular system.

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    A frontline view of COVID’s disparate impact

    November 24, 2020 The pandemic has hit some communities much harder than others. An expert delves into the reasons why, and explains how local leaders can best respond.

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    School closures may shorten student lifespans, study says

    November 24, 2020 Children whose educations have been disrupted by the pandemic, even for as little as two months, may suffer lifelong consequences, including shorter lifespans, according to a study.

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    November 24, Updates

    How to spend the holidays alone There’s joy to be found in solitude. Experts in stress and connection share how to navigate the complicated emotions around spending the holidays alone. It may not be easy or ideal, but we humans are capable of withstanding more than we know, including lonely holidays. County Health Officer shares tips for […]

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    How to spend the holidays alone

    November 23, 2020 Joy can still be found in solitude, by volunteering, making a heartfelt phone call or baking a plateful of cookies.

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    A dietary defense against disease

    November 23, 2020 A dietitian explains how to eat healthy without sacrificing flavor, breaking your bank or becoming an expert chef.

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    November 23, Updates

    Evidence doesn’t support closing schools to stop virus A national database shows infection rates are extremely low among students and teachers in both public and private schools. And Dr. Anthony Fauci told CNN, “My feeling is the default condition is to keep the schools open if you possibly can.” U.S. air travel rises ahead of Thanksgiving On […]

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    Do curfews work?

    November 19, 2020 Many experts are skeptical and some say COVID curfews could make things worse. 'Viruses are not vampires,' one virologist notes.

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    November 19, Updates

    Will social distancing weaken my immune system? No. Even when we’re staying 6 feet from others or spending most of our time at home, our bodies are continuously responding to plenty of bacteria and other germs. Why masks belong at your Thanksgiving gathering Just because you’re with people you know doesn’t mean you’re safe from the coronavirus. […]

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    November 18, Updates

    CDC updates to higher ed The CDC has updated its COVID-19 resources page for Colleges, Universities, and Higher Learning. Orange County to provide free in-home kits to test spit for coronavirus Yesterday, Orange County leaders announced a new initiative to hand out do-it-yourself kits to test saliva for the coronavirus in a push to curb spread at inevitable […]

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    Contagious kindness

    November 18, 2020 People who watched others perform acts of goodwill experienced 'elevation,' and were more likely to contribute to charity afterwards.

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    November 17, Updates

    Pfizer to test COVID-19 vaccine distribution in 4 states Pfizer announced it would test distribution of its coronavirus vaccine in four U.S. states: Rhode Island, Texas, New Mexico, and Tennessee. These states were picked because of their difference in size, population diversity, and their varied urban and rural settings. Zoom will be free to use on Thanksgiving […]

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    Homemade cauliflower baked tater tots

    November 16, 2020 Try this healthy twist on a junk food favorite.

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    Small cities are a magnet for remote workers in pandemic

    November 16, 2020 More and more young, well-paid and well-educated people are permanently relocating away from big metro areas.

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    How lockdowns mess up your memory

    November 16, 2020 Isolation during the pandemic could be making you forget things.

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    Vaccine Q&A

    November 16, 2020 Thanks to promising vaccine candidates, the pandemic may soon come to an end. But questions remain about how we will get there.

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    November 16, Updates

    Orange County downgraded to purple tier Although the county’s test positivity rate and health equity metric remain in orange and red tier levels, respectively, its daily case rate jumped from 5.6 per 100,000 residents to 10.8, which exceeds the state threshold of seven cases per 100,000, the governor said. That means indoor businesses deemed nonessential must close. How Ticketmaster will […]

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    A COVID crystal ball

    November 15, 2020 As 2020 wraps up, many are wondering how the next year will shape up, especially in regards to the pandemic.

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    COVID party risk estimator

    November 16, 2020 An interactive map shows the estimated chance that someone infected with COVID-19 will be present at an event, based on the size and location.

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    November 12, Updates

    OC stays in red tier as three metrics improve The county righted its course after two weeks of rising COVID-19 case rates had threatened to put it on a path back toward the most-restrictive purple tier. County officials have traced a handful of infections to students returning to campus at UCI, but not anywhere near the hundreds of students […]

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    Lime tart with blackberry sauce

    November 9, 2020 This dessert is bursting with bright flavors.

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    November 10, Updates

    Disneyland expands furloughs as state rules put park ‘in limbo’ California’s strict reopening guidelines could keep theme parks closed until next summer. Cities and states trying to avoid new lockdowns as cases rise Unlike last spring, state and local officials around the U.S. are using targeted measures to stem rising infections and hospitalizations. Pfizer vaccine may be available […]

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    November 9, Updates

    While California cases are rising, there is still time to prevent another wave Even though California has started to see a rise in coronavirus cases, the pace of increase is still far milder than the rest of the U.S. and experts say there is still time to prevent a “third wave.” Pfizer’s vaccine is more than […]

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    4 reasons to be encouraged about Pfizer’s vaccine

    November 9, 2020 Experts see hopeful signs not only for this vaccine but for others in development.

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    What’s next with COVID?

    November 9, 2020 A public health researcher discusses what we've learned about the virus and what we can realistically expect in the near future.

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    Is holiday travel safe in a pandemic?

    November 6, 2020 It's possible to safely visit loved ones for holiday festivities, but multiple precautions must be taken.

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    Preparing for a winter with the coronavirus

    November 5, 2020 Scientists found that the virus may travel up to 19 feet in cool and wet weather, prompting new health concerns.

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    November 4, Updates

    Judge limits Gov. Newsom’s powers during pandemic A judge preliminarily ordered California Gov. Gavin Newsom to stop issuing directives related to the coronavirus that might interfere with state law. Over 130 CA TSA workers have contracted COVID-19 Since the beginning of the pandemic, more than 130 TSA agents at California airports have come down with COVID-19. More than half […]

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    Protecting brain health during the pandemic

    November 3, 2020 Physical distancing may be accelerating the risk for cognitive decline. Experts provide tips to improve mental well-being.

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    Everything to know about antibodies

    November 3, 2020 A biophysicist answers questions about the immune system's response to COVID-19 and the results of recent antibody testing in Orange County.

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    November 3, Updates

    COVID-19 hospitalizations down in Orange County The number of hospitalizations related to the virus dropped from 188 Saturday to 181, with the number of intensive care unit patients decreasing from 58 to 55, according to the Orange County Health Care Agency. The change in the three-day average of hospitalized patients went from 11.1% to 7%. The county […]

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    November 2, Updates

    Classic toys make a comeback during pandemic Hot Wheels, Barbie, Tonka, Monopoly, Legos and other old-school favorites are part of a shift in toy buying habits inspired by the coronavirus. Why is Europe again at center of virus pandemic? The continent logged a record 1.5 million new cases last week. Experts cite a number of factors. Failing grades up, […]

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    Lack of sleep reduces flu shot effectiveness

    November 2, 2020 Researchers say getting sufficient rest the night before a vaccination produces a better antibody response.

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    How to lower Thanksgiving risks

    November 2, 2020 With infections soaring, holiday traditions need to adjust this year. Experts offer advice on how to gather safely.

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    What uncertainty can mean for your mind and body

    November 2, 2020 At their root, uncertainty and anxiety are necessary brain functions. When unmanaged, however, they can do more harm than good.

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    Can Vitamin D help fight the coronavirus?

    November 2, 2020 Researchers around the globe are investigating whether 'the sunshine vitamin' can reduce people’s risk of catching COVID-19 and even help treat infected patients.

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    A microscopic look at how masks work

    October 30, 2020 An animation illustrates the science behind how masks protect people from viral infection.

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    October 29, Updates

    The hidden COVID health crisis: Elderly people dying from isolation “Sometimes the doors to their rooms are open, and you just see someone sitting in a chair with tears running down their face,” one geriatrician and UCSF professor said. “People ask me, ‘Is this the rest of my life? If so, I don’t want to go […]

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    Miso salmon with cauliflower fried rice

    October 29, 2020 Your heart and gut will thank you for making this.

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    Lemon pesto sautéed chicken & pasta

    October 29, 2020 Replace butter and salt-based seasonings with lemon juice and zest for a healthier take on this delectable meal.

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    Fall sausage and sweet potato hash

    October 29, 2020 Start your day right with lean protein, vitamin A and antioxidants.

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    Hearty, healthy fall fare

    October 29, 2020 Chillier days call for warm, comforting meals. These recipes will fill you with the right nutrients without expanding your waistline.

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    Spiced granola

    October 28, 2020 This makes the perfect snack to bring on a fall hike.

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    October 28, Updates

    Orange County sees reversal in progress on two COVID-19 metrics Orange County’s case rate rose to 5.1 new cases per day per 100,000 from 4.6 cases per 100,000 last week. The increase in cases is planting Orange County more firmly in the red tier of the state’s pandemic tracking system. California is planning how vaccines will be […]

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    How to build resilience

    October 28, 2020 Coping with stress of the pandemic and other events of the past year demands psychological fortitude. Experts discuss how to adapt in the face of adversity.

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    Study reveals OC’s true COVID-19 rate

    October 28, 2020 Nearly 12% of Orange County residents have COVID-19 antibodies, well above the previous estimate of 2%, according to a UCI-led study.

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    October 27, Updates

    OC Health Care Agency invites students to enter art, writing or video contest With many teachers, parents and students struggling with changing school re-opening models, the OC Health Care Agency is offering a fun, creative contest for Orange County K12 students to enter with the chance to win needed technology supplies for their schools. The deadline for […]

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    Hidden COVID crisis: Elderly people dying from isolation

    October 27, 2020 'Sometimes the doors to their rooms are open, and you see someone with tears running down their face,' one geriatrician said. 'People ask me: Is this the rest of my life? If so, I don’t want to go on.’

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    Cascading 2020 traumas undercut coping skills

    October 27, 2020 A series of overlapping traumas this year may have profound mental health consequences, especially for vulnerable groups. Researchers urge an increase in mental health resources.

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    October 26, Updates

    New OC cases jeopardize move to orange tier Orange County reported 247 new cases of COVID-19 yesterday. To move to the orange tier from the red, the daily average needs to drop to about 130 cases. Are the risks of reopening schools exaggerated? Based on new studies and other evidence, some medical experts say it’s time to shift […]

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    Shrimp wontons

    October 26, 2020 These fresh dumplings are satisfying on their own or in soup.

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    How to have Halloween fun despite COVID

    October 23, 2020 Although safe trick-or-treating may be possible, the holiday can also be celebrated with handmade decorations, pumpkin carving and scavenger hunts.

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    October 22, Updates

    Theme parks might sue over ‘unachievable’ reopening rules Disneyland, Knott’s, Universal, Legoland and other California parks say all options are under consideration if state officials won’t budge. Studies point to big drop in COVID death rates The decline was seen in all groups, including older patients and people with underlying conditions, which indicates that physicians are getting better […]

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    A surprising approach to COVID stress

    October 22, 2020 Just as animals seek sanctuary to eliminate stress, taking refuge in perceived safety zones can help humans cope with life's unpredictability.

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    Is voting in person safe?

    October 22, 2020 The risk is low, as long as polling places follow precautions such as physical distancing, mask-wearing and frequent disinfecting of voting equipment.

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    Q&A: When will a COVID vaccine be ready?

    October 22, 2020 Researchers on two of the most promising clinical trials answer questions about the future of coronavirus immunization.

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    October 21, Updates

    Disneyland might not reopen until next summer With new guidelines released from state officials yesterday requiring counties to severely reduce transmission rates before theme parks can reopen, Disneyland won’t be able to reopen anytime soon. Older patients, women most at risk of “long Covid” According to a paper published by researchers at King’s College London, older people, women, and […]

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    Are the risks of reopening schools exaggerated?

    October 21, 2020 Based on new studies, some medical experts say it’s time to shift the discussion from the risks of opening K-12 schools to the risks of keeping them closed.

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    October 20, Updates

    OC health officials look to advancing from red to orange tier As OC works to enter to the orange tier in the Governor’s new equity metrics, OC Health officials discuss additional PPE for skilled nursing facilities and promote a virtual and stay-at-home Halloween celebration. Hate crimes in OC spiking Orange County’s hate crimes are up 89 percent […]

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    Studies point to big drop in virus death rate

    October 20, 2020 The decline was seen in all groups, including people with underlying conditions, which indicates doctors are getting better at helping patients survive the illness.

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    Breathe away your stress

    October 2020 Daily stress doesn't have to be the new normal. An expert provides tips on how to decompress and shift to positive emotions.

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    October 19, Updates

    Defense study finds low risk of catching COVID on packed flight According to a study from the Defense Department, the risk of catching the coronavirus on a packed commercial flight is low. A person would have to sit next to an infectious person for at least 54 hours, the study concluded. Europe overtakes U.S. in new […]

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    October 15, Updates

    Can AI tell the difference between COVID and flu? Artificial intelligence figures to become increasingly important for figuring out how aggressively to treat patients and which ones are likely to need intensive care. Fauci warns about Thanksgiving According to Dr. Fauci, everyone needs to be careful about the risks and benefits of hosting family/friends over the holiday. Europe sees […]

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    Flying is safer than you think, study says

    October 15, 2020 When a seated passenger is wearing a mask, 0.003% of air particles in their breathing zone are infectious, even when the plane is full.

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    A fireside chat with Dr. Fauci

    October 15, 2020 In a wide-ranging conversation, Fauci endorsed universal healthcare and expressed confidence in a gradual return to normal.

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    October 14, Updates

    Chapman University works to contain coronavirus outbreak among students Chapman University in Orange is working to contain a COVID-19 outbreak among students on and off campus, school officials said Tuesday. The university reported that 17 students living in dormitories are infected with COVID-19, as well as 19 living in off-campus housing near the school and one […]

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    Childcare centers don’t drive COVID-19 infections

    Oct. 14, 2020 A large national study finds that childcare centers are relatively safe.

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    Lockdowns caused steep and lasting CO2 decline

    October 14, 2020 With fewer people driving to work and flying this year, car emissions fell by 19.2 percent and pollution from aviation plummeted 37.4 percent.

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    October 13, Updates

    OC high school student tests positive after in-person learning begins Los Alamitos High School officials informed parents that a student has tested positive for COVID-19 just one week after the school reopened its doors for in-person learning. California allows up to 3 households to gather outdoors California is easing its restrictions by allowing three households to socialize so long […]

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    October 12, Updates

    At Disney World, ‘worst fears’ about virus haven’t happened New coronavirus cases in Florida have dropped steadily since Disney World reopened in mid-July. “So far – so far – it has been a success story,” said an employee union official. “As a union rep, I do not say that lightly.” Two colleges, 60 miles apart, fared […]

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    Why you should smile behind your mask

    October 12, 2020 The facial expression is good for you as well as others, scientists say.

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    Lab-made treatment could block coronavirus infections

    October 12, 2020 Synthetic 'mini-proteins' inhibit the virus from attaching to human cells, much like antibodies.

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    Homemade Calpico/Calpis yogurt drink

    October 12, 2020 Try a healthier version of the popular milky drink.

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    Could social distancing make the flu go extinct?

    October 12, 2020 A silver lining: social distancing and enhanced hygiene practices may be slowing down the course of influenza as well.

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    How do pandemics end?

    October 9, 2020 People are hoping a vaccine will wipe out COVID-19, but history suggests otherwise. Most of the infections faced by our ancestors are still with us. A look at how past diseases played out.

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    At Disney World, ‘worst fears’ about virus haven’t happened

    October 9, 2020 New coronavirus cases in Florida have dropped steadily since Disney World reopened in mid-July. ‘So far, it has been a success story,’ said an employee union official.

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    October 8, Updates

    California sees no link between school reopenings and virus spread The state’s top public health official called the results of in-person K-12 instruction encouraging so far. California theme parks won’t reopen soon, Newsom says Although Florida began reopening amusement parks in June, and Disney parks from Shanghai to Paris are also back in operation, the governor said […]

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    The best cauliflower crust pizza

    October 7, 2020 The crispy, gluten-free crust is the 'best' part about this pizza.

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    October 7, Updates

    Orange County not meeting state’s metric The state has released new health equity metrics as part of its guidelines to moving tiers. Orange County’s lower income population sits at 6.6% positivity and needs to drop below 5.2% before the County can leave the red tier. Coast Community College District continues remote learning through spring District officials for Coast […]

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    How adequate sleep may combat COVID

    October 7, 2020 Getting a good night's rest is now more important than ever. Sleep deprivation decreases immunity and response to vaccines, experts say.

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    How to survive the 2020 election season

    October 6. 2020 Psychology professors give tips for keeping friends, family and sanity intact during 2020's pandemic-complicated election.

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    Fall breakfast hash

    October 6, 2020 Make this for brunch on a crisp autumn day.

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    Is it flu, a cold or COVID?

    October 6, 2020 With a cold, you won’t have a fever or muscle aches, hallmark signs of influenza and COVID-19. But distinguishing between the latter two is tougher.

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    October 6, Updates

    Orange County virtual Job Fair Oct. 15 Join the Orange County Virtual Job Fair on Thursday, Oct. 15 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Employers and job seekers alike are welcome. Irvine Unified School District launches COVID-19 dashboard The COVID-19 dashboard shows the campus total population and number of reported positive COVID-19 cases among staff and students. CDC acknowledges […]

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    Cheesy mac ‘n’ cheese

    October 4, 2020 This four-cheese pasta takes comfort food to the next level.

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    Tangy spiced chicken

    October 6, 2020 This gourmet dish requires only a few simple steps.

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    October 5, Updates

    Orange County remains in red tier After reporting 283 new cases yesterday, Orange County will remain in the red tier for at least another two weeks. There is hope that the county will move into the orange tier by mid-October. Regal Cinemas temporarily closing all of its theaters The company said it couldn’t lure viewers back without […]

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    Which type of face covering works best?

    October 2, 2020 A recent laboratory experiment determined that two types of masks blocked up to 90 percent of particles in various scenarios.

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    October 1, Updates

    Correction: Census deadline extended An item in yesterday’s UCI Forward newsletter erroneously said Sept. 30 was the last day to complete the 2020 Census. Federal courts have temporarily extended the deadline, although the legal battle continues. If you haven’t already completed the census form, you can do so here. The students left behind by remote learning Has […]

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    Population distribution can influence COVID spread

    October 1, 2020 Some communities were hit much harder than others, even within the same area, shaping their understanding of infection risk and willingness to take protective actions, a study found.

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    Is this overlooked variable key to the pandemic?

    September 30, 2020 The coronavirus may be an 'overdispersed' pathogen, meaning that it tends to spread in clusters.

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    September 30, Updates

    Orange County remains on state’s red tier Orange County will remain in the red tier of the state’s pandemic tracking system this week after a reversal in one of two coronavirus metrics that had been declining consistently kept the county from landing in the less-restrictive orange tier. The guilty figure is the county’s rate of new COVID-19 […]

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    September 29, Updates

    OC Health Care Agency launches vaccine survey The agency released a survey seeking resident input on a future COVID-19 vaccine. The results will help health officials plan for distribution of a vaccine when it becomes available. New global test gives results in minutes The WHO announced a $5 coronavirus test that can deliver results in 15 to 30 […]

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    Ginger scallion oven steamed whole fish

    September 28, 2020 This recipe should satisfy your seafood cravings.

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    The students left behind by remote learning

    September 28, 2020 Keeping the coronavirus out of schools may be putting children’s long-term well-being at stake.

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    How to build rapport while wearing a mask

    September 28, 2020 Advice on how to convey sincerity and trustworthiness when facial expressions are partly hidden.

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    The ABC’s of how and when a vaccine could be OK’d

    September 28, 2020 The timeline for a successful vaccine isn't as straightforward as some may think.

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    September 28, Updates

    Orange County may move to Orange tier tomorrow Officials are hopeful that their overall trends in Orange County will lift the county into the orange tier tomorrow. As of yesterday, Orange County had over 53,000 cases and over 1,200 fatalities.  OC officials won’t release coronavirus outbreaks at schools According to the OC Health Care Agency, officials won’t […]

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    Sweet potato-lentil shepherd’s pie

    September 24, 2020 Comfort food without all the calories.

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    Taco salad in a jar

    September 24, 2020 Eat the rainbow with this vibrant, tiered dish.

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    Scrambled egg or tofu breakfast burrito

    September 24, 2020 Start your day with a plant-based protein that supports kidney health and reduces the risk of heart disease and osteoporosis.

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    Appetizing make-ahead meals

    September 24, 2020 Breakfast burritos, taco salads and shepherd's pies with a nutritional twist can all be made in advance.

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    September 24, 2020

    Feared virus outbreaks in schools aren’t happening, early data shows Experts have found little evidence that COVID-19 is spreading inside school buildings, and the rates of infection are far below what is found in the surrounding communities. College enrollment falls amid COVID, online classes Undergraduate enrollment declined 2.5% nationwide and even the most prestigious schools have been hit. At […]

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    Statins reduce COVID severity

    September 24, 2020 Researchers say cholesterol-lowering medications reduce the risk of severe COVID-19, and spur faster recovery times.

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    ‘Awe walks’ boost emotional well-being

    September 23, 2020 People who took weekly 15-minute walks seeking wonder in their surroundings reported increased positive feelings and decreased distress in their daily lives.

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    September 23, 2020

    Walmart pilots contactless COVID-19 test kit drop-offs Walmart has partnered with Quest Diagnostics and DroneUp for trial, COVID-19 test kit drone deliveries. Drones will drop off kits in the driveways, front sidewalks, and backyards. Customers will then complete the swab test and mail it to Quest Diagnostics with a prepaid shipping label. Nail salons can reopen […]

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    Tips to combat coronavirus insomnia

    September 23, 2020 Striving to keep a normal routine, exercising and learning to meditate can help fight 'coronasomnia.'

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    September 22, 2020

    California, Washington and Oregon join pilot project to ID COVID-19 exposure Members of the Western States Pact will participate in pilot projects that use Google and Apple COVID-19 exposure notification technology. The app-based programs use Bluetooth technology to alert individuals if they are near someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 and provides safety procedures. All information will remain […]

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    Will flu season collide with COVID?

    September 21, 2020 To avoid a 'twin-demic', public health experts are urging people to get the influenza vaccine.

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    September 21, 2020

    These nations crushed COVID, but now are worse than the U.S. Israel, Spain and France fought the virus into abatement early on with tough measures that won international praise. But their infection rates have now shot past America’s, demonstrating the difficulty of keeping COVID-19 at bay. Pandemic isolation has killed thousands of dementia patients In recent […]

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    The future of nursing homes

    Sept. 21, 2020 More spending and stronger regulations are needed to improve infection prevention.

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    Nutrition for immune health

    September 18, 2020 Concerned about catching COVID-19? Bolster your immunity with this simple 4-point guide.

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    Bad news blues

    September 18, 2020 The pandemic is hitting certain groups harder than others - and overdosing on news can make things worse, study says.

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    Can dogs detect COVID-19?

    Sept. 17, 2020 A researcher says canines can be trained to hone in on the smell even before someone has developed symptoms.

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    How to protect your lungs during fire season

    Sept. 17, 2020 Experts offer tips to reduce exposure to harmful pollutants.

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    September 17, Updates

    Orange County public libraries reopen doors for grab and go services With Orange County now in the red tier, libraries can reopen for grab and go service and public computer use, with modifications and capacity limited to 50% starting Sept. 22. Irvine rental assistance program to reopen on September 21 The City of Irvine will reopen its Rental […]

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    Why flu shots are more important than ever

    September 16, 2020 Health officials fear a bad flu season could overwhelm hospitals and clinics stretched thin by the coronavirus.

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    Fresh fruit oat pies

    September 15, 2020 Drizzle with a maple glaze for a cozy fall dessert.

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    Pan-seared fish with quick lemon caper sauce

    September 15, 2020 This crispy fish is infused with tangy flavor.

  • Press release

    New website predicts virus trends in Orange County

    September 15, 2020 The site estimates how many infectious people the county has on any given day and how quickly the virus is spreading.

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    September 15, Updates

    ICU cases in Orange County at lowest level in 5 months The peak in Orange County was 722 confirmed hospitalizations on July 14 and as of yesterday, there were 193 confirmed hospitalizations. There were also 56 patients in intensive care units, the lowest number since April 16. California sees lowest positive rate since March Over the last […]

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    Pandemic prompts rise in mental health problems

    September 15, 2020 ‘We are not meant to be isolated creatures,’ a psychiatrist says. ‘We are meant to exist in community with one another.’

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    Keeping a lid on OC’s next COVID wave

    September 15, 2020 Experts say a second wave is inevitable, but businesses and schools can reduce the risks and control the virus.

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    Did a motorcycle rally really cause 20% of U.S. virus cases?

    September 14, 2020 A study that blames the event for 266,000 cases is analyzed by various experts.

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    Rethinking digital learning

    September 14, 2020 Transferring in-person class methods to digital is like fitting a round peg into a square hole. A learner-centered approach is more effective.

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    September 14, Updates

    Facebook launches student-only networking site Facebook launches a platform exclusively for students. Facebook Campus is described as a “dedicated section of the Facebook app designed for students,” where shared content can only be seen by other people attending the same institution. Facebook Campus will have its own chat rooms and a News Feed where students can see […]

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    September 11, Updates

    Cal State will not return to in-person classes for Spring 2021 The Cal State University system won’t return to in-person learning in the spring 2021 semester. The system was one of the first to cancel in-person classes for the fall and is one of the first to make the decision for the spring. Anaheim Convention Center […]

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    Campuses pilot smartphone technology to limit spread of COVID

    September 11, 2020 Participants will be notified on their phones if they've had contact with an infected person. If successful, the pilot could lead to a similar statewide program.

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    September 10, Updates

    OC cases fall to four-month low Although it’s too early to tell if Labor Day gatherings and newly loosened business restrictions will spark an uptick in COVID-19 cases, on Sept. 9, Orange County hospitalizations (234) and ICU cases (62) fell to their lowest levels since May 11 and May 1, respectively, according to the county’s coronavirus […]

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    The pandemic experience in prison

    Sept. 9, 2020 A new website outlines the health hazards in California prisons and raises money for supplies to protect inmates and guards from the coronavirus.

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    Bridging the divide amid two crises

    September 9, 2020 A sociologist argues that 'democracy requires a willingness to tolerate, and even cooperate with, people with whom we share a purpose, but not much else.'

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    Why COVID science keeps changing

    Sept. 9. 2020 Science doesn’t just suddenly find answers, experts say. It debates, fumbles and evolves as new data and knowledge accumulate.

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    September 9, Updates

    Free Latino COVID-19 testing On Thursday, September 10 at Santa Ana High School, Latino Health Access will administer COVID-19 tests for all who meet the criteria. It is rare to catch COVID-19 in hospitals Although many people have been avoiding essential care due to fears of catching COVID-19, new research published suggests it is rare for people to catch […]

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    No-bake peanut butter chewy bars

    September 9, 2020 These protein-rich snacks are almost effortless to make.

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    Oven-steamed fish with tomatoes, garlic and herbs

    September 9, 2020 This Mediterranean-inspired dish is as flavorful as it is healthy.

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    The future of esports

    September 9, 2020 The gaming industry is thriving despite COVID-19. Will electronic sports be the new frontier in a post-pandemic world?

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    Two months to Election Day: Are we prepared?

    September 9, 2020 In this webinar, experts consider whether the U.S. is equipped to conduct fair and safe balloting in the midst of the pandemic.

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    September 8 Updates

    State grants $900 supplemental unemployment benefit As California’s economy continues to struggle amid the COVID-19 pandemic, state officials will mark the Labor Day holiday by sending a $900 supplemental unemployment benefit to jobless residents – but many will not get the assistance right away, and nearly 200,000 people are not expected to get it at all.  US […]

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    How COVID disrupts college-going decisions

    September 8, 2020 An education expert examines how COVID-19 is affecting college access and trajectories for Black and Latino students.

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    September 3 Updates

    Telemedicine, R.I.P.? Remote doctor visits grew wildly popular during COVID-19’s early days. But now, they’re plunging, forcing healthcare providers to recalibrate. New ‘Housing is Key’ campaign to provide rent relief Gov. Gavin Newsom announced the launch of “Housing is Key,” a campaign aimed at connecting renters and landlords experiencing economic hardship from COVID-19 with helpful information and resources. […]

  • In the news

    ‘Peace and clarity’: What spending time outdoors can do for your heart, mind and spirituality

    September 2, 2020 Studies have shown that spending time outdoors can improve health, lower stress and stimulate feelings of generosity.

  • In the news

    Telemedicine, R.I.P.?

    September 1, 2020 Remote doctor visits grew wildly popular during COVID-19’s early days. But now, they’re plunging, forcing healthcare providers to recalibr

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    Job burnout: Can we fix it, despite the virus?

    September 3, 2020 Chronic exhaustion and stress have become increasingly common during the pandemic. An expert provides tips on how to avoid burnout.

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    Race can influence teachers’ digital expectations of students

    September 3, 2020 Educators' beliefs about race and class can color whether they see students' relationship to technology as valuable.

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    Flu shot study raises questions about COVID vaccine participation

    September 3, 2020 New research reveals which demographic groups are more likely to get vaccinated.

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    September 2 Updates

    American Airlines tests new virus-killing coating American Airlines is testing a newly approved antimicrobial protective coating that is able to make the coronavirus inactive on aircraft surfaces for up to seven days. The odorless, transparent protectant, called SurfaceWise2, was developed by the Dallas-based Allied BioScience, which specializes in antimicrobial coatings for use in public spaces. California […]

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    COVID’s effect on software development

    September 2, 2020 Some professionals report increased productivity working from home, while others admit being distracted by family obligations.

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    September 1 Updates

    Orange County schools could open Sept. 22 According to the Orange County Health Care Agency, Orange County schools may be able to open in-person on Sept. 22 at the earliest. Orange County remains in the most restrictive tier under the new four-color, tiered monitoring system. Governor Newsom signs bill to protect tenants from eviction Governor Newsom signed […]

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    Cilantro lime chicken bowl

    Sept. 1, 2020 Infused with garlic, optional bell peppers, a dollop of honey and topped with sliced avocados, this recipe makes four bowls of deliciousness.

  • In the news

    Flu season could be lighter because of pandemic

    August 30, 2020 Some experts believe social distancing and business closures could reduce the spread of flu this season. But they worry if restrictions are eased, this silver lining may be lost.

  • In the news

    How remote learning is revealing a digital divide: ‘Not all students have equitable access’

    August 28, 2020 An expert says online learning works well for “highly motivated” kids “with strong autonomous learning and technical skills, and a good technology setup at school. It doesn’t work well for those who lack it.”

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    August 31 Updates

    Shame and blame don’t stop college parties, but outdoor beer pong might As more parties surface, university administrators have been quick to condemn, berate and even punish the behavior of students. But that’s the wrong approach, experts say. “It’s like asking people to go on a diet, putting them in a candy store and saying ‘Good […]

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    Gut health during times of stress

    August 31, 2020 Follow these steps to curb inflammation, bolster your immune system and stay healthy.

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    How COVID will affect sustainability

    Aug. 31, 2020 A look at how the pandemic could affect climate change, health and the environment.

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    August 28 Updates

    Off-off-off-campus housing Some college students will spend this semester in their childhood bedrooms. Others are taking their chances on campuses. Then, there’s a third option: rent a giant house with friends and take remote classes from a far-flung locale. Orange County expected to receive green light for in-person learning Just before Labor Day, Orange County is […]

  • In the news

    Preschoolers are mask-licking germ bombs, but few catch COVID

    August 28, 2020 Messy toddlers may be uniquely resilient to the virus, scientists say.

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    Pandemic + alcohol = trouble

    Aug. 28, 2020 Liquor sales have surged during the coronavirus era, leading to a host of side effects, including reduced immunity to infection.

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    August 27 Updates

    Spanish translation ordered for OC’s largest testing site Six weeks after the Orange County Board of Supervisors opened the county’s largest coronavirus testing site, they are now directing that its registration form be made available in languages other than English. The worst way to show genuine emotion remotely, and the best Researchers conducted a series of […]

  • In the news

    How widespread is COVID-19 in Orange County? New study hopes to find out

    August 27, 2020 A public health professor discusses UCI's coronavirus antibody research.

  • In the news

    Auditor warns of fraud and waste with California virus money

    August 25, 2020 The state is getting so much aid from the federal government that it creates a high risk of waste, fraud and abuse, the auditor warned.

  • In the news

    COVID-19 AMA: What we know about antibodies, U.S. expands flu shot access and more

    August 21, 2020 As part of a series on the latest medical research and news on COVID-19, Larry Mantle speaks with Dr. Shruti Gohil from UCI’s School of Medicine.

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    August 26 Updates

    Auditor warns of fraud and waste with California virus money The state is getting so much cash from the federal government that it creates a high risk of waste, fraud and abuse, the auditor warned. Four scenarios on how we might develop immunity to COVID-19 Various experts were asked how humans might come to coexist with […]

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    Future of real estate

    August 26, 2020 A reshuffling is happening as remote work increases: Homeowners are shifting their gaze from downtowns to suburbs; demand for office and retail space is down; some industrial sectors are getting a boost.

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    Can kids go back to school safely?

    August 26, 2020 School shutdowns were intended to protect children and their families from the virus by keeping them out of school. It hasn’t worked.

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    Chocolate zucchini breakfast brownie

    August 26, 2020 A surprising ingredient makes these treats extra moist.

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    Baked frittata

    August 25, 2020 Use leftover cooked vegetables, meats and grains to make a hearty breakfast.

  • In the news

    Four scenarios on how we might develop immunity to COVID

    August 25, 2020 Experts were asked how we might come to coexist with the virus. Their answers were hopeful.

  • In the news

    Kids age 5 and under don’t need to wear masks

    August 24, 2020 According to the World Health Organization and UNICEF, children 5 and under should not be made to wear a mask because they are less susceptible to the virus and less likely to spread it to others.

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    August 25 Updates

    Children 5 and under do not need to wear a mask According to the World Health Organization and UNICEF, children 5 and under should not be made to wear a mask. According to the two agencies, very young children are less susceptible to the virus and are less likely to spread it to others. California workers […]

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    Researchers to examine COVID’s effect on heart function

    Aug. 25, 2020 Study will look at the interplay between the immune system and cardiac function in cases of severe coronavirus.

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    UCI offers virus safety consultations to businesses

    August 24, 2020 The school's public health experts offer research-backed guidance to help companies stem the virus.

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    What to know about wildfire smoke and COVID-19

    August 24, 2020 Preliminary research suggests a link between air pollution and COVID-19 susceptibility and death, especially for people with chronic respiratory conditions.

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    How COVID will reshape social justice

    August 24, 2020 Historian Doug Haynes discusses Black Lives Matter and how the movement will influence a post-COVID world.

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    August 24 Updates

    New thinking on lockdowns: overly blunt and costly Blanket business shutdowns, which the U.S. didn’t use in previous pandemics, sparked a deep recession. Economists and health experts suggest a better way. In rural California, something extraordinary: in-person classes With few confirmed cases in the region and various safety measures in place, Northern California’s Trinity County has […]

  • In the news

    New thinking on lockdowns: overly blunt and costly

    August 24, 2020 Blanket business shutdowns, which the U.S. hasn't used in previous pandemics, sparked a deep recession. Economists and health experts suggest a better way.

  • In the news

    In rural California, something extraordinary: in-person classes

    August 24. 2020 With few COVID cases, Trinity County has reopened its public schools. If an outbreak happens, 'we will distance learn for 14 days, then we will come back to school, and we will do it again, and again,' the superintendent said.

  • In the news

    Orange County off of state’s coronavirus monitoring list

    August 23, 2020 With hospitalizations and new cases decreasing, the county is on the path to reopen schools and businesses.

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    August 21 Updates

    OC Health Care Agency announces star-studded Positive Vibes ad campaign The OC Health Care Agency (HCA) is launching a new public service campaign designed to save lives by spreading positive vibes – not COVID-19 throughout the community. Downloadable social media assets for Facebook, Instagram and Twitter will be available for anyone to use and share […]

  • In the news

    Dozens of OC elementary schools allowed to reopen campuses

    August 21, 2020 The county will provide tests for staff and students and a “full medical team” that includes pediatricians.

  • In the news

    As schools turn to online learning, the impact of digital inequity grows

    August 20, 2020 “All indications are that the fall, like the spring, is going to be a disaster,” one expert said.

  • In the news

    Freeway gridlock is back and traffic is returning to pre-virus levels

    August 20, 2020 A new study shows that traffic, which was down 80% down in mid-April, has gained back 70% of its volume by early August. And fewer people are taking public transportation, making traffic even worse.

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    How two chaplains wrestle with COVID-19

    August 20, 2020 Chaplains face a series of challenges as COVID-19 and social distancing take a heavy emotional toll on patients and their loved ones.

  • In the news

    Orange County records first child death from COVID-19

    August 19, 2020 A teenage girl with “significant underlying medical conditions” has become the first Orange County resident under age 18 to succumb to the virus, according to the Orange County Health Care Agency.

  • In the news

    The virus has mostly spared Africa. Scientists can’t explain why

    August 11, 2020 Theories include genetic factors, past exposure to other coronaviruses, and regular exposure to malaria and other diseases that boost African immune systems.

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    August 20 Updates

    Orange County records first child death from COVID-19 A teenage girl with “significant underlying medical conditions” has become the first Orange County resident under age 18 to succumb to the virus, according to the Orange County Health Care Agency. Reopening elementary schools is risky — but so is keeping them closed Online learning worsens educational disparities for […]

  • In the news

    Orange County’s coronavirus trends remain positive, questions emerge about potential business reopenings

    August 18, 2020 To avoid another spike in cases, the state will work with local health officials to determine what sectors can reopen.

  • Feature

    California weighing when to reopen next

    August 18, 2020 State health officials are beginning to mull what the next phase of reopening may look like, after some counties show promising metrics.

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    August 19 Updates

    Fearing a ‘twindemic,’ health experts push for flu shots As public health officials look to fall and winter, the specter of a resurgence of COVID-19 gives them chills. But there is a scenario they dread even more: a severe flu season resulting in a “twindemic.” A large percentage of parents feel comfortable sending their children […]

  • Press release

    UCI develops low-cost antibody detection platform

    August 19, 2020 A portable imager may become available for rapid coronavirus diagnostic testing by the end of the year.

  • Feature

    Back-to-school tips for parents

    August 18, 2020 To help K-12 students get the most out of online learning, researchers offer advice for parents.

  • In the news

    The pandemic is messing with your memories

    August 17, 2020 Memory’s malleability can result in anything from innocent lies to dangerously inaccurate beliefs about COVID-19.

  • In the news

    OC trending toward an exit from state’s watch list

    August 17, 2020 Orange County remains on the watch list, but there are signs that local rates of new cases and other statistics are trending toward meeting state limits.

  • In the news

    The bright side of quarantine

    August 17, 2020 The scholar highlights five ways the pandemic has changed the world for the better.

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    August 18 Updates

    Parent tips for your college freshman living at home with you For many students this fall, “college” will be their childhood bedroom or family dining room. Here’s how parents can help make the experience easier for everyone. One week into classes, UNC-Chapel Hill going online amid COVID-19 outbreaks The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill yesterday […]

  • Feature

    Future of museums

    August 17, 2020 As cultural and educational centers, they must explore creative ways of engaging with diverse audiences.

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    August 17 Updates

    America’s favorite pizza topping getting scarce Production snags and heavy demand for pizza are putting the squeeze on pepperoni supplies. Instead of lockdowns, teach people to socialize safely Rather than tell people to abstain from seeing loved ones and friends, we should help them socialize in ways that minimize the risk of spreading Covid-19, a physician urges. Doctor explains […]

  • In the news

    Instead of lockdowns, teach people to socialize safely

    August 13, 2020 Rather than tell people to abstain from seeing loved ones and friends, we should help them socialize in ways that minimize the risk of spreading COVID-19, a physician urges.

  • In the news

    Researchers uncover likely order of COVID symptoms

    August 13, 2020 According to a new study, people who contract the virus first develop a fever, followed by a cough and muscle pain, then nausea or vomiting and diarrhea.

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    August 14 Updates

    OC Health Care Agency announces “What You Feel Is Real” campaign to raise awareness of mental health resources during COVID-19 The OC Health Care Agency announced a new advertising and community outreach campaign encouraging Orange County residents impacted by COVID-19 to care for their mental health by reaching out and seeking support. Specifically, the campaign […]

  • In the news

    Start flossing. Bleeding, swollen gums linked to severe COVID cases

    August 14, 2020 A recent report says patients with gum disease are more likely to experience life-threatening complications if they contract the virus and need to be hospitalized.

  • In the news

    What happens when the flu and the coronavirus overlap this winter?

    August 13, 2020 First, even without a pandemic, flu season can tax hospital resources. Second, COVID and flu both affect breathing, so each makes the other worse. Lastly, because the diseases have some symptoms in common, telling them apart can be tough.

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    The future of learning

    August 13, 2020 Education experts share strategies, insights and resources for students and parents preparing for the school year.

  • Feature

    August 13 Updates

    Orange County opens COVID-19 test site to elementary schools hoping for in-person classes Anaheim Convention Center will host drive-through COVID-19 testing for OC elementary schools who seek to hold in-person classes. One in three Americans would not get COVID-19 vaccine According to a recent Gallup poll, 35% of Americans say they would refuse a COVID-19 vaccine, even if […]

  • In the news

    A generation left behind? Online learning cheats poor students

    August 13, 2020 A survey of 45 Southern California school districts found profound disparities among children in low-income communities.

  • In the news

    California on cusp of reining in COVID surge, data show

    August 13, 2020 Health officials are beginning to see signs of hope six weeks after new state shutdown orders took effect.

  • Feature

    Top 6 ways for job seekers to use pandemic downtime productively

    August 13, 2020 A career expert shares insights into enhancing and expanding your skills.

  • Feature

    Delaying medical care can be harmful to older adults

    August 13, 2020 Elders with acute and chronic diseases are vulnerable to complications if doctor visits are postponed.

  • In the news

    Odds of catching COVID on a plane? Pretty slim

    August 11, 2020 New research shows your chance of contracting COVID-19 on a full two-hour flight are 1 in 4,300. And the odds of dying from COVID-19 contracted on a flight are between 1 in 400,000 and 1 in 600,000, depending on your age and other risk factors.

  • In the news

    5-minute coronavirus stress resets

    August 6, 2020 Music, breathing tricks and a mini-plunge pool for your face are among the tips offered to tame stress.

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    August 12 Updates

    Odds of catching COVID on a plane? Pretty slim New research shows your chance of contracting COVID-19 on a full two-hour flight are 1 in 4,300. And if the middle seat is open, you’re even safer. The odds of dying from COVID-19 contracted on a flight are between 1 in 400,000 and 1 in 600,000, depending […]

  • Feature

    Baked Tortilla Chips & Creamy Red Bean Dip

    August 11, 2020 Make your own tortilla chips and dip them in this creamy concoction, with these savory spices.

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    Creamy tomato & white bean pasta

    August 11, 2020 Who needs meatballs when you have this vegan pasta recipe?

  • Feature

    August 11, Updates

    Wearing a neck gaiter may be worse than no mask at all The thin, stretchy material is too porous, researchers found. Bandanas also rated poorly in the study. Virus patient gets two-drug combo in global experiment Researchers have begun testing a mixture of remdesivir and interferon in hopes that the concoction will be the “golden ticket” everyone is […]

  • In the news

    Wearing a neck gaiter may be worse than no mask at all

    August 11, 2020 The thin, stretchy material is too porous, researchers found. Bandanas also rated poorly in the study.

  • In the news

    Inspired by llamas, scientists develop potent virus treatment

    August 11, 2020 Researchers say their synthesized molecule is one of the strongest anti-coronavirus compounds tested in a lab to date.

  • In the news

    Why some California classrooms will reopen for child care, though barred from in-person instruction

    August 11, 2020 The contradictory rules for child care and in-person instruction have some parents questioning how one is safer than the other.

  • Feature

    5 things you need to know about the economy

    August 10, 2020 A wealth management expert forecasts how the market will evolve during the pandemic.

  • In the news

    40% of people with virus have no symptoms. Are they key to ending pandemic?

    August 8, 2020 New research indicates some of us may be partially protected by past encounters with common cold coronaviruses.

  • In the news

    How U.S. ranks on virus deaths per capita and by case count

    August 5, 2020 Although America has the eighth-highest number of deaths per 100,000 residents, it fares better than many nations - including Germany and Denmark - for fatalities among people infected by the virus. Some experts say the “case fatality ratio” is a better yardstick.

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    August 10 Updates

    How U.S. ranks on virus deaths per capita and by case count Although America has the eighth-highest number of deaths per 100,000 residents, it fares better than many nations – including Germany, Canada and Denmark – for fatalities among people infected by the virus. Some experts say the “case fatality ratio” is a better measure of “how […]

  • Press release

    UCI launches OC coronavirus statistics site

    August 10, 2020 The first-of-its-kind website provides statistics and maps on COVID-19 infections in Orange County, and enables comparisons to neighboring counties.

  • Feature

    Will COVID-19 curtail campus free speech?

    August 10, 2020 As the pandemic curtails in-person college gatherings, how will that affect free speech and the future of campus protests?

  • Feature

    Investigating indoor air

    August 10, 2020 Because the pandemic has people spending more time inside their homes, scientists are trying to get a better handle on indoor air chemistry.

  • In the news

    Cuomo says NY schools can reopen for in-person classes this fall

    August 7, 2020 The governor said low infection rates make it safe for teachers and students to return to classrooms.

  • In the news

    Scores of Orange County elementary schools move to reopen classrooms

    August 6, 2020 Most of the schools looking to reopen are in South County, where the virus hasn’t hit as hard, and the majority are private or charter campuses.

  • In the news

    A ‘COVID Slide’ could widen the digital divide for students

    August 7, 2020 As affluent families form parenting pods or hire private tutors, low-income students may fall behind from lack of access to computers or the internet.

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    August 7, Updates

    Despite virus surge, U.S. added jobs in July Unemployment fell from 11.1% to 10.2% and the economy added 1.8 million jobs, despite a surge in COVID-19 cases and additional business shutdowns. Cuomo says NY schools can reopen in-person this fall The governor said low infection rates make it safe for teachers and students to return to classrooms. The […]

  • Feature

    August 6 Updates

    Census 2020 The U.S. Census Bureau continues to evaluate its operational plans to collect and process 2020 Census data. We are announcing updates to our plan that will include enumerator awards and the hiring of more employees to accelerate the completion of data collection and apportionment counts by our statutory deadline of December 31, 2020. The Census […]

  • In the news

    Fauci says U.S. can survive virus without another shutdown

    August 6, 2020 'There seems to be a misperception that either you shut down completely and damage a lot of things, or let it rip and do whatever you want,' Fauci said. 'There's a stepwise fashion that you can open up the economy successfully.'

  • In the news

    The winter will be worse

    August 5, 2020 As the weather gets colder, gatherings will probably move indoors, where poor ventilation will lead to an increase in COVID-19 cases and deaths.

  • In the news

    OC youth sports largely cancelled as coronavirus transmission rates remain clouded by uncertainty

    August 5, 2020 Officials are worried about repeating the surge that came from reopening too many activities too soon a couple months ago.

  • In the news

    Your income predicts how well you can socially distance

    August 5, 2020 Americans with low incomes have been more mobile during the pandemic than the wealthy, potentially exposing themselves to a greater risk of infection.

  • In the news

    How accurate are Orange County’s COVID hospital stats

    August 5, 2020 County officials speculated that half of hospitalizations could be people seeking care for an unrelated reason and then happening to test positive for the virus. Experts say it is likely no more than 10%.

  • Feature

    August 5 Updates

    U.S. to launch 2 new antibody treatment trials for COVID-19 patients The NIH announced today it is launching two advanced trials to test monoclonal antibodies in patients with COVID-19, one for patients with mild disease and another for patients who are hospitalized. NIH delivering new COVID-19 testing technologies to meet U.S. demand The NIH is investing $248.7 […]

  • Feature

    Water and Covid

    August 5, 2020 Is tap water safer than bottled water? An expert discusses this and other issues.

  • Feature

    Robots to the rescue

    August 5, 2020 Socially assistive devices can perform household chores, accomplish healthcare tasks and offer emotional support. "I hope COVID-19 will be a wakeup call to our robotics community to spur new ideas," says an expert.

  • Feature

    Navigating COVID-19 in daily life

    August 4, 2020 As society opens up and people try to return to a sense of normalcy, preventing the virus’ spread boils down to following a few basic rules.

  • Press release

    Scientists create molecule that could treat COVID-19

    August 5, 2020 UCI scientists have synthesized a molecule that binds to the coronavirus so it can’t hijack human cells and easily replicate itself. The project is an early step that could lead the the development of antiviral drugs to treat COVID-19.

  • Feature

    Free COVID-19 antibody testing

    August 3, 2020 The UCI Blood Donor Center is now offering free COVID-19 antibody testing for qualified donors who donate blood or platelets. This is exclusively available at the donor center in Orange and open to the public.

  • Feature

    August 4 Updates

    UN chief says 1 billion students affected by virus closures U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said the coronavirus pandemic has led to the largest disruption of education in history, with schools closed in more than 160 countries in mid-July, affecting over 1 billion students. As a result, Guterres warned that the world faces “a generational catastrophe that […]

  • In the news

    Can You Form a School Pod Without Fueling Inequality? These Groups Are Trying

    August 4, 2020  As families scramble to secure supplemental education for their children during the pandemic, some parents and educators are ensuring that nobody is left out.

  • In the news

    How America became a breeding ground for anti-maskers, according to social psychologists

    August 4, 2020 Experts blame the issue on a highly partisan political environment and persistent anti-mask messaging from President Trump.

  • In the news

    Tackling Coronavirus spread in Anaheim and Santa Ana puts focus on inequity

    August 3, 2020 Data mapping tools lay out all the inequalities various communities in OC face, showing how virus hot spots overlap with housing need or lack of access to preschools.

  • In the news

    A coronavirus vaccine won’t change the world right away

    August 2, 2020 Public health experts worry that the popular conception of a vaccine as a 'silver bullet' could lead to disappointment and erode the public's trust.

  • Feature

    Bad break room etiquette

    August 4, 2020 This video playfully shows what not to do when encountering a co-worker in the breakroom.

  • Feature

    Banana bread overnight oats

    August 4, 2020 Try this fiber-rich recipe for a ready-to-go breakfast.

  • Feature

    Startups Provide Speedy COVID-19 Testing

    August 4, 2020 The test quickly detects COVID-19 antibodies as well as many other respiratory viruses, allowing doctors to better understand COVID-19’s progression within that person’s body.

  • In the news

    US reports smallest daily coronavirus cases increase in almost four weeks

    August 3, 2020 The US recorded over 47,000 new cases on Sunday, the lowest figure since July 6.

  • In the news

    Latino parents face back-to-school uncertainty as COVID-19 hits their families hard

    August 3, 2020 While almost 7 in 10 Latino parents prefer to start the school year remotely because of the pandemic, over 80 percent worry their kids will fall behind in online schooling.

  • In the news

    Coronavirus hospitalizations drop in L.A., Orange counties

    August 2, 2020 OC reported 19% fewer patients in its hospitals compared to the week before, evidence that restrictions to limit the virus are working.

  • In the news

    Coronavirus swings toward Orange County’s younger crowd

    July 31, 2020 "The 12- to 17-year-old range, that's what's ramping up significantly as far as positivity rates as well as them being symptomatic," says a pediatrician.

  • In the news

    These 8 Southern California doctors, nurses sacrifice to help hospitals fight coronavirus

    July 31, 2020 As more sick people come through emergency-room doors, hospital workers are confronting the surge head-on.

  • Feature

    August 3 Updates

    Colleges brace for an uncertain fall This month, many colleges around the country plan to welcome back thousands of students into something they hope will resemble normal campus life. But they face challenges unlike any other American institution — containing the coronavirus among a young, impulsive population that not only studies together, but lives together, parties together, […]

  • Feature

    Toxic hand sanitizers pose new health threat

    July 31, 2020 The FDA has recalled and imposed import bans on dozens of brands found to contain methanol, a dangerous chemical that can be life-threatening if swallowed.

  • In the news

    The risk that students could arrive at school with the coronavirus

    July 31, 2020 New estimates show that large parts of the country would likely see infected students if classrooms opened now. Narrowing classes down to small groups of ten may lower this risk.

  • In the news

    COVID-19 AMA: When a vaccine is available, will we still have to wear masks?

    July 30, 2020 Medical expert breaks down the most recent coronavirus developments in this radio interview.

  • In the news

    Confusion reigns around Orange County’s coronavirus death counts and hospitalizations

    July 30, 2020 Differences in data reporting methods between the state and county are leading to misinterpretations by the the general public.

  • In the news

    Fauci advocates trying to reopen schools, despite coronavirus challenges

    July 29, 2020 'The issue that we’re facing is that we’re in a big country, and it has significant differences where you are as to the level of virus,' said Fauci, suggesting that schools operate on a case-to-case basis.

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    July 31 Updates

    Fauci advocates trying to reopen schools, despite coronavirus challenges “You should try to the best of your ability with all considerations to the safety and welfare of the children and the teachers, we should try to get the children back to school as best as we possibly can,” said Dr. Fauci. Teachers will be part of the […]

  • In the news

    How the world made so much progress so fast on a vaccine

    July 30, 2020 Coronavirus is an easier target for immunization than other pathogens and a prime candidate for cutting-edge approaches.

  • Feature

    July 30 Updates

    California’s minimum wage increase will take effect as planned next year California’s minimum wage will still increase next year even with the coronavirus pandemic-induced recession, Gov. Gavin Newsom said Wednesday. Under ICE rules and visa complications, a semester with no new international students awaits Roughly 80,000, or 30%, of new international students will not come to the U.S. to […]

  • In the news

    Health care workers may be less, not more, vulnerable to COVID

    July 29, 2020 ‘Despite the headlines saying health care workers are at higher risk of contracting the disease, we haven’t seen that,’ researcher says. ‘We’re seeing the reverse. The question is, why?’

  • In the news

    Permanent WFH sounds great. But it’s harder than it sounds

    July 29, 2020 Sustaining a remote workforce long-term requires innovative solutions to compensate for the lack of office culture.

  • In the news

    The pandemic is raising concerns about how teens use technology. But there’s still a lot we don’t know.

    July 29, 2020 A new report analyzes current research about the effects of social media on youth and draws conclusions about the overall risks and benefits.

  • In the news

    Covid crimes: Espionage, hackers and why America is vulnerable

    July 28, 2020 Professional  hackers, particularly in Russia and China, are launching massive attacks against COVID-19 researchers in the West, trying to steal ideas that can accelerate treatments and vaccines, expert says.

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    July 29 Updates

    Health care workers may be less, not more, vulnerable to COVID “Despite the headlines you see saying health care workers are at higher risk of contracting the disease, we haven’t seen that,” researcher says. “In fact, we’re seeing the reverse of that. The question is, why?” Virus death toll in U.S. tops 150,000 More than 150,000 people have died in […]

  • Feature

    The future of food

    July 28, 2020 The pandemic seems to be increasing consumer reliance on local farmers, community-based producers, home cooking, gardening and shelf-stable foods.

  • In the news

    Researchers ID 6 types of COVID symptom clusters

    July 28, 2020 The six categories may help doctors determine how severe a case will become and whether patients will need hospitalization.

  • In the news

    Orange County announces MaskUpOC contest

    July 27, 2020 Residents of all ages can participate by sharing original works that inspire people to wear face coverings.

  • Feature

    July 28 Updates

    OC Board of Education considers suing the state over school shutdown Members of the Orange County Board of Education are expected to discuss suing the state over the mandatory school shutdown at their meeting tonight. According to the agenda, members will be discussing potential litigation “regarding state orders and restrictions against reopening schools.” The item is listed […]

  • Feature

    Who should wear a mask?

    July 28, 2020 Although face coverings are effective, young children and people with breathing difficulties should be cautious about wearing them.

  • Feature

    Coronavirus crisis and economic recovery

    July 27, 2020 A business expert explains how consumer behavior affects public and economic health during a pandemic, and how Orange County can stay safely open for business.

  • In the news

    Tips for boosting your child’s mental health during COVID-19

    July 27, 2020 Experts offer guidance on how to support children during these difficult times.

  • In the news

    Total U.S. cases show signs of slowing

    July 27, 2020 A glimmer of good news: The number of new cases reported nationwide on Sunday was the lowest since July 6.

  • Feature

    July 27 Updates

    OC’s Sunday ICU case level down from mid-July peak After rising earlier this month, the number of COVID-19 patients in intensive care in Orange County hospitals dropped to 201 on Sunday, down from a July 15 peak of 245, according to Orange County Health Care Agency reports. Total hospitalizations, which peaked July 14 at 722, have […]

  • Feature

    Answering the call

    July 27, 2020 The inside story of how UCI responded to COVID-19, the greatest crisis in campus history. “I’ve never been in a fighter jet,” one official recalled, “but I imagine it’s what it feels like when they kick in the afterburners.”

  • Feature

    Revving up research

    July 27, 2020 A year-old center for accelerating clinical trials gave UCI Health an investigative edge when the pandemic hit.

  • In the news

    Sweden split on herd immunity

    July 24, 2020 Some doctors and scientists question the government’s numbers and approach to the virus.

  • In the news

    Even gold-standard nations are seeing big outbreaks

    July 24, 2020 The U.S. isn’t alone in struggling with COVID. Nations lauded for fast and effective responses to the virus are now seeing large outbreaks, as it becomes clear that success in containing cases is often only temporary.

  • In the news

    Is Orange County turning the corner on coronavirus or headed off a cliff? A closer look at the numbers

    July 23, 2020 While hospitalizations have plateaued, deaths have continued to increase, but future numbers could go either way.

  • Feature

    July 24 Updates

    Fauci to young Americans: ‘You are becoming part of the problem’ The nation’s top infectious disease expert spoke about the pandemic and what’s needed to curb the rise in cases. Even gold-standard nations are now seeing outbreaks The U.S. isn’t alone in struggling to rein in COVID. Nations lauded for fast and effective responses to the virus […]

  • Feature

    July 23 Updates

    Can you get COVID again? Very unlikely, experts say Reports of second infections may be cases of drawn-out illness. A decline in antibodies is normal after a few weeks, and people are protected from the virus in other ways. One in six U.S. museums may close forever if shutdowns continue Financial reserves aren’t enough to keep most museums […]

  • In the news

    The coronavirus seems to spare most kids from illness, but its effect on their mental health is deepening

    July 23, 2020 Fear of the pandemic, along with the loneliness of life under lockdown, are taking a psychological toll on children, experts say.

  • In the news

    What we know about COVID-19 and kids

    July 22, 2020 Children are less likely to develop symptoms. Experts are exploring several possible explanations.

  • In the news

    Can you get COVID again? Very unlikely, experts say

    July 22, 2020 Reports of second infections may be cases of drawn-out illness. A decline in antibodies is normal after a few weeks, and people are protected from the virus in other ways.

  • In the news

    One in six U.S. museums may close forever if shutdowns continue

    July 22, 2020 Financial reserves aren’t enough to keep most museums afloat for more than six months, officials say.

  • Feature

    Zucchini Pasta with Spinach Pesto Meatballs

    July 23, 2020 Try these 'zoodles' to enjoy guilt-free, flavorful pasta.

  • Feature

    Chia Fruit Pudding

    July 23, 2020 This simple breakfast, loaded with health benefits, can be made ahead of time for busy mornings.

  • Feature

    Cut carbs without sacrificing taste

    July 23, 2020 Fresh fruits and vegetables are abundant in the summer, making it easy to eat nutrient-rich meals. Check out these light but satisfying recipes.

  • In the news

    How to actually talk to anti-maskers

    July 22, 2020 When health advice changes, 'We rarely admit that we are pulling a 180,' one expert said. 'That destroys credibility, creates confusion and it alienates people.'

  • In the news

    CDC chief says he ‘absolutely’ would send his grandkids back to school

    July 22, 2020 'I think there really are a number of negative public health consequences that have happened to our K-12 [students] by having these schools close,' Dr. Robert Redfield said.

  • In the news

    Airborne spread would mean more coronavirus risk Inside. Here are tips to protect yourself

    July 21, 2020 Scientists say COVID can be transmitted through microscopic virus particles lingering in the air. They recommend wearing a mask and avoiding crowded, poorly ventilated spaces.

  • In the news

    Isolating the elderly is bad for their health

    July 21, 2020 Lack of social interaction is linked to heart disease, worsening dementia and a shorter life expectancy.

  • In the news

    Herd immunity at 20%?

    July 13, 2020 A team of mathematicians calculates that the spread of the virus might slow dramatically after 20% (not 70%) of the population becomes infected and develops immunity.

  • Feature

    July 22 Updates

    CDC chief says he ‘absolutely’ would send his grandkids back to school “I think there really are a number of negative public health consequences that have happened to our K-12 [students] by having these schools close,” Dr. Robert Redfield told ABC’s Good Morning America. Herd immunity at 20%? A team of mathematicians calculates that the spread […]

  • Feature

    Masks 101

    July 22, 2020 A UCI infectious disease specialist explains the ins and outs of face coverings and 'mask etiquette.'

  • Feature

    Infection detectives

    July 22, 2020 In response to rising coronavirus cases, UCI is training over 500 contact tracers to investigate COVID-19 transmission, focusing on hard-hit Latino neighborhoods.

  • Feature

    Seaweed cucumber salad

    July 22, 2020 Enjoy this refreshing vegan salad as a side dish or snack.

  • In the news

    Over-the-top outfits make social distancing easier

    July 21. 2020 The creative garb includes a T-rex costume, a mobile cage, a laser hat, a shower curtain and sweeping petticoat skirts.

  • In the news

    Most people in the United States are still susceptible to the coronavirus, CDC study finds

    July 21, 2020 Although the true number of infections is probably far greater than reported cases, most of the public remains susceptible to the virus.

  • In the news

    Barbers, hair and nail salons can reopen outdoors

    July 20, 2020 Gov. Newsom updated his health orders to allow hair cutters, nail salons and massage therapists to reopen if they conduct business outdoors.

  • Feature

    July 21 Updates

    How risk of virus transmission varies for kids and teens High school students appear more likely to get and spread COVID-19 than elementary school students. Here’s what the data says so far. Barbers, hair and nail salons can reopen outdoors Gov. Newsom updated his coronavirus health orders to allow barbers, hair salons, nail salons and massage therapists to reopen […]

  • Feature

    Using artificial intelligence to combat COVID-19

    July 21, 2020  Scientists created a tool that predicts which COVID patients will require intensive care or a ventilator.

  • In the news

    How Covid transmission varies for kids and teens

    July 20, 2020 High school students appear more likely to get and spread COVID-19 than elementary school students.

  • In the news

    Orange County supervisors split over coronavirus numbers and trends

    July 20, 2020 Officials debate what the testing positivity rate and hospitalization numbers actually mean.

  • In the news

    Trump said more Covid-19 testing ‘creates more cases.’ We did the math

    July 20, 2020 An analysis shows that, in most states, the case count rose because there was actually more disease, not simply because testing increased.

  • In the news

    Major vaccine study shows dual immune action

    July 20, 2020 Although the latest results don't prove the vaccine will work, researchers are more confident of its effectiveness. 

  • In the news

    How many of those who are infected with COVID-19 will die? We search for answers

    July 17, 2020 Medical conditions, race, poverty and sex are factors that influence the disease's progress.

  • Feature

    July 20 Updates

    California high school sports season won’t begin until December or January: CIF The start of the high school sports season in California will be delayed until December or January, the California Interscholastic Federation announced today. In releasing a new sports calendar, the state’s governing body for high school sports might be giving the state’s more than […]

  • Feature

    Best and worst choices for a cloth face mask

    July 20, 2020 Experts recommend a tight-weave cotton mask with multiple layers. Bandanas are considered the least effective.

  • In the news

    Newsom orders most California schools to stay closed

    July 17, 2020 The decision was made amid growing concern from teachers and parents over the state's rising number of coronavirus cases.

  • In the news

    Voice of OC convenes county public health experts to answer coronavirus questions

    July 17, 2020 Orange County residents were able to ask questions and get answers from some of the county’s top public health specialists. You can watch the video.

  • In the news

    OC restaurant outbreaks rose sharply when indoor dining opened, now down since closing, county says

    July 17, 2020 Coronavirus has a higher chance of spreading indoors, especially among staff who have to be in close proximity to people all day.

  • Feature

    July 17 Updates

    CDC director: We can control virus in 4 to 8 weeks if everyone in the U.S. wears a mask CDC Director Dr. Robert Redfield noted the public can control the spread of COVID-19 within 4 to 8 weeks with the use of face masks. Redfield states asymptomatic people may be keeping the virus alive. California won’t cancel […]

  • In the news

    L.A. Latino, Black students fared worse in online learning

    July 16, 2020 English learners, students with disabilities, homeless students and children in the foster-care system also had lower rates of online participation.

  • In the news

    CVS and Target to require customers to wear face masks

    July 16, 2020 Beginning Monday, all CVS stores will require customers to wear face coverings. And on Aug. 1, all Target customers will be required to wear masks or face coverings.

  • In the news

    Opinion: Amid rush for COVID-19 vaccine, preventable childhood disease risks grow

    July 15, 2020 Pediatric immunizations have plummeted during the pandemic. Doctors worry about a resurgence of diseases that were once thought to be eradicated.

  • Feature

    July 16 Updates

    CVS and Target to require customers to wear face masks Beginning Monday, all CVS stores will require customers to wear face coverings. And on Aug. 1, all Target customers will be required to wear masks or face coverings. L.A. Latino, Black students fared worse in online learning English learners, students with disabilities, homeless students and children in the foster-care […]

  • In the news

    Moderna vaccine advances to final test phase

    July 15, 2020 The experimental treatment has induced immune responses in all the volunteers who have received it. The final trial will begin this month with a 30,000-person study.

  • In the news

    Rose Parade canceled for 2021

    July 15, 2020 The annual New Year's Day event has been dropped just three other times in its 130-year history.

  • In the news

    Playing music together online is not as simple as it seems

    July 15, 2020 Virtual band practice can be challenging because of delays in audio transmission. Musicians offer guidance to overcome this barrier.

  • In the news

    OC to offer free Covid tests at Anaheim Convention Center

    July 15, 2020 The site will run 600 to 800 tests per weekday for people with symptoms, people who’ve had close contact with confirmed COVID cases, healthcare workers, first responders, nursing home residents and essential workers.

  • In the news

    National parks may become latest battleground in reopening

    July 15, 2020 As outdoor recreation surges in popularity, officials question whether parks can operate safely.

  • Feature

    July 15 Updates

    Two hairstylists with COVID-19 treat 139 clients – all with face coverings – no one tests positive A CDC study documents the absence of transmission of SARS-CoV-2 in a hair salon with a universal face covering policy, even though two stylists were infected with the virus and exposed 139 clients. Latin America rising in ranks of […]

  • Feature

    The health effects of media exposure

    July 15, 2020 A psychology expert explains how too much consumption of news and social media may be harmful.

  • Feature

    Japanese salted mackerel

    July 14, 2020 This Japanese-style fish is as flavorful as it is healthy.

  • Feature

    How to flatten OC’s curve once again

    July 14, 2020 Orange County flattened the curve before and can do so again, says a leading public health expert.

  • In the news

    Need some good news about Covid-19? Here are 6 reasons for optimism

    July 14, 2020 For the first time in history, nearly every scientist in the world is working to develop prevention technologies, treatments and vaccines. Early results are promising.

  • In the news

    Masks offer much more protection against virus than people think

    July 14, 2020 Mounting evidence shows that wearing a face covering reduces the amount of virus that the body takes in, resulting in either no infection or less severe symptoms.

  • In the news

    Second shutdown sparks frustration, fear, resignation in OC

    July 14, 2020 The latest round of restrictions has drawn mixed reactions and worries about the economy.

  • In the news

    The long-term biological effects of COVID-19 stress on kids’ future health and development

    July 12, 2020 Although children are far less likely to suffer severe COVID symptoms, stressors associated with the pandemic can negatively affect their developing brains, immune systems and ability to thrive.

  • Feature

    Building business resiliency during the pandemic

    July 14, 2020 Susan Doniz, CIO at Boeing, discusses the importance of maintaining communication, focusing on rapid impact, and constant reinvention.

  • In the news

    Newsom orders new statewide closures

    July 13, 2020 California orders all counties to close indoor dining, indoor movie theaters, bars and breweries. Most churches, gyms and nail salons must also be shuttered.

  • In the news

    Is it safe to book a vacation rental or Airbnb this summer?

    July 10, 2020 Experts answer questions about the safety of vacation homes. One thing is clear: getting there is the riskiest part.

  • In the news

    As cases surge, no clear answers on school reopening

    July 10, 2020 Parents and experts express mixed feelings about sending children back to school as they weigh the risks and benefits of in-person versus online learning.

  • Feature

    July 13 Updates

    City of Irvine offers free drive-thru COVID tests People who live or work in Irvine can receive free COVID-19 tests. The monthlong PCR testing program is available by appointment only from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays in Lot 6 at the Great Park. For more information, visit https://www.cityofirvine.org/covid-19-resources/irvine-covid-19-drive-testing-faq. FDA fast-tracks two COVID-19 vaccines […]

  • Feature

    It’s time for well-child checks – and vaccinations

    July 10, 2020 Routine pediatric exams and immunizations are essential for ensuring the well-being of children.

  • In the news

    The science about whether it’s safe to send kids back to school is a total mess

    July 10, 2020 Research on children and COVID-19 is relatively limited, and the studies show conflicting results. So there’s no clear consensus among health experts about schools reopening.

  • In the news

    COVID unlikely to be spread by children, research suggests

    July 10, 2020 A growing body of evidence suggests elementary schoolchildren are unlikely to spread the virus to adults.

  • Feature

    July 10, Updates

    New digital tool helps Metrolink riders social distance Metrolink announces new online tool, How Full is my Train? That allows riders to view a train’s ridership capacity with the option to select another train with lower capacity. These social distancing efforts follow Metrolink’s Clean Care Crew that provides routine sanitation with hospital-grade disinfectant. California considers allowing law graduates to […]

  • In the news

    Can Orange County handle a spike in coronavirus hospitalizations?

    July 9, 2020 As the virus spreads outside of hot spots, experts warn that hospitals could soon be overloaded.

  • In the news

    Coronavirus hospitalizations jump 97% in Orange County in less than a month

    July 9, 2020 An epidemiologist says hospitalizations are only 'the tip of the iceberg,' the most visible sign of widespread community transmission.

  • In the news

    68% have antibodies at NYC clinic. Will it hold off a second wave?

    July 9, 2020 Data from a storefront medical office is leading to a deeper understanding of the outbreak’s scope. 'Some communities might have herd immunity,' a doctor says.

  • In the news

    Orange County suspends youth sports

    July 8, 2020 The postponement was prompted by a directive from the state.

  • In the news

    Coronavirus hot spot neighborhoods targeted for education, testing in Orange County

    July 8, 2020 The program will step up testing and education in high-infection ZIP code areas of Anaheim and Santa Ana.

  • In the news

    Can jokes help people cope with COVID? Virus spawns dark humor

    June 17, 2020 You know what's funny about the coronavirus? Nothing. But that hasn't stopped people from cracking jokes. "Today's weather: Room temperature." "Anyone else's car getting three weeks to the gallon?" Experts say mirth can be a balm for negative events.

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    July 9 Updates

    68% have antibodies at NYC clinic. Can neighborhood beat second wave? Data from a storefront medical office is leading to a deeper understanding of the outbreak’s scope. “Some communities might have herd immunity,” a doctor says. Frat parties spark COVID spurt at UC Berkeley Contact tracing found a doubling of recent cases was tied to a […]

  • In the news

    100 Days of Lockdown: Photographer captures San Francisco

    July 8, 2020 Photographer Brandon Buza walked over 350 miles and took over 12,000 images to 'preserve' the period for historical record.

  • In the news

    California sets records for most cases in a single day

    July 8, 2020 If the pace continues, the number of infections will double in 25 days.

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    CDC will issue new guidance on school openings after criticism from Trump

    June 8, 2020 Vice President Pence said the guidelines wouldn't supersede the judgment of local officials.

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    July 8 Updates

    California Students Stressed The California Student Aid Commission surveyed 76,000 students in all higher education sectors across California who submitted state and federal financial aid applications, including high school seniors who intend to enroll in college. One of the largest surveys of students during the COVID-19 pandemic found that many are dealing with lost income, housing disruption and uncertainty […]

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    Researchers use campus as test bed for coronavirus contact tracing system

    July 8, 2020 UCI computer scientists are using the campus Wi-Fi network as a platform for tracing and tracking the virus. If successful, the system could be quickly implemented at other universities, K-12 schools, military installations and anywhere that hosts wireless connectivity.

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    The Future Of: The COVID Curve

    July 10, 2020 Experts in healthcare, public policy and business weigh in on how to fight COVID-19 while saving the economy.

  • In the news

    The recession will scar Gen Z. And it could be even worse for Black youth

    July 7, 2020 Young adults will likely suffer the greatest coronavirus-related economic setbacks, with graduating African Americans bearing one of the largest burdens.

  • In the news

    California braces for a surge in virus deaths, but how bad will it be?

    July 6, 2020 Recent cases have largely affected a younger age range, which could mean a lower death rate in coming weeks. But if the newly infected spread COVID to older people, deaths could ultimately climb, experts warn.

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    Majority of patients with mild Covid-19 experience altered smell/taste

    July 6, 2020 A significant portion of patients may still have these symptoms even weeks after beating the virus, study finds.

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    Colleges race to create ‘a new sense of normalcy.’ Will new rules, COVID-19 testing be enough?

    July 5, 2020 Despite virtual dissection tables and other safety measures, the combination of reckless youth culture and surging case numbers could still prove problematic.

  • In the news

    Pandemic dating: Drones, dancing and a giant bubble

    March 31, 2020 After using a drone to ask out his neighbor, Jeremy Cohen found an unusual way to practice social distancing on their second date.

  • Feature

    The future of cash

    July 8, 2020 Will COVID-19 kill paper money and coins? Our expert weighs in.

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    Korean vegetable pancake with dipping sauce

    July 8, 2020 These savory pancakes make a great vegetarian-friendly meal.

  • In the news

    FDA authorizes COVID test that gives results in 15 minutes

    July 6, 2020 The coronavirus antigen test, which uses a standard nose and throat swab to collect samples, yields rapid results.

  • In the news

    LA’s Covid-19 ‘explosion’: overwhelmed hospitals, struggling workers, shuttered restaurants

    July 3, 2020 The area is suffering from record-breaking coronavirus cases. As new restrictions are introduced, residents face a host of challenges.

  • In the news

    How cartoonists are chronicling the debate over masks

    July 2, 2020 The Grim Reaper, God, President Trump and Michelangelo’s David statue are among the characters featured in this compilation of political cartoons dealing with the battle over wearing masks.

  • In the news

    The price of isolation

    June 20, 2020 America faces a hidden epidemic of loneliness that could make us more vulnerable to COVID-19.

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    July 6 Updates

    Are protests unsafe? Experts’ opinions depend on who’s protesting what Public health experts decried anti-lockdown protests as dangerous gatherings. Many seem less eager to criticize marches against racism. The price of isolation America faces a hidden epidemic of loneliness that could make us more vulnerable to COVID-19. FDA approves COVID test that gives results in 15 minutes The FDA […]

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    OC Health Consortium advocates face coverings

    July 6, 2020 The OC Health Consortium, a group of local institutions and leaders, promoted the economic benefits of wearing masks in a recent ad.

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    The man behind the mask

    July 6, 2020 A beloved fixture at the entrance to UCI Medical Center, traffic controller Ernesto Cruz provides service with a smile – though it may not be visible.

  • In the news

    Black-owned businesses closing at dramatically higher rates

    July 2, 2020 With less access to credit, loans and pandemic relief measures, many black business owners have been forced to close their doors for good amid the COVID-19 recession.

  • In the news

    Trump says he looks like Lone Ranger in a mask – and he likes it

    July 2, 2020 “I’m all for masks. I think masks are good,” the president said this week, adding that he has a black mask that makes him resemble the Lone Ranger.

  • In the news

    Fear of hospitals during shutdown caused thousands of heart deaths

    July 2, 2020 People with heart conditions who delayed or avoided hospital care drove a jump in deaths beyond those attributed to COVID-19, an analysis shows.

  • In the news

    Bars, restaurants pay price for California virus surge

    July 2, 2020 A UCLA epidemiology professor said the new restrictions could be an “over response.” He said the state should consider other strategies designed to keep young people away from older ones.

  • In the news

    The medical case for reopening schools

    July 1, 2020 Evidence suggests that kids rarely transmit the virus to adults, says an emergency medicine specialist. And youngsters rarely get sick themselves. Keeping schools closed also disproportionately hurts disadvantaged families.

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    July 2 Updates

    The medical case for reopening schools Evidence suggests that kids rarely transmit the virus to adults, says an emergency medicine specialist. And youngsters rarely get sick themselves. Keeping schools closed also disproportionately hurts disadvantaged families. Bars, restaurants pay price for California virus surge A UCLA epidemiology professor said the new restrictions could be an “over response.” […]

  • In the news

    Newsom closes indoor dining and bars for 3 weeks in SoCal

    July 1, 2020 As the July 4 weekend approaches and COVID-19 cases continue to rise, the governor is halting indoor restaurant dining and other businesses in the state's most affected counties.

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    He worked hard to find a job after a nonprofit paid his bail. Then the coronavirus hit

    July 1, 2020 Finding a job after leaving prison is challenging to begin with, but moreso during during a pandemic that has left millions unemployed.

  • In the news

    What makes people stop caring?

    June 30, 2020 Research suggests that people tend to become desensitized when a tragedy grows too large to comprehend. We can avoid this by focusing on the lives and stories of individuals.

  • Feature

    How the Latino community copes and endures in a pandemic

    July 2, 2020 Why are Latino communities disproportionately affected by COVID-19? How has the pandemic heightened societal inequities and brought communities together? Professors discuss these questions.

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    Lessons learned from bacteria as we fight COVID-19

    July 1, 2020 A scientist explains how bacteria fight off viral attacks and how such defenses may be adapted to combat the coronavirus.

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    July 1 Updates

    COVID-19 vaccine candidates show promising data in early study A COVID-19 vaccine being developed by U.S. pharmaceutical company Pfizer and German biotech company BioNTech has showed positive results in early tests. California has second highest number of cases in nation As coronavirus cases continue to spike, California has the second highest total cases in the country, with more […]

  • Feature

    Virtual nurses make a difference

    June 30, 2020 Soon-to-be graduates of UCI's nursing program use Zoom to provide emotional support to hospital patients.

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    Chicken sausage gumbo

    June 30, 2020 Bring the hearty Creole-Cajun classic to your dinner table with this recipe.

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    Asian dry-rubbed wings

    June 30, 2020 These zesty, crispy wings can be air fried or baked.

  • In the news

    Why Cornell University will reopen this fall

    June 30, 2020 For many colleges, remote learning could actually increase COVID infections, according to epidemiological modeling.

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    Most people with the virus won’t spread it. Why do a few infect many?

    June 30, 2020 About 10% of infected people are responsible for 80% of new cases. Whether you become a superspreader probably depends more on circumstance than biology, evidence suggests.

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    June 30 Updates

    State puts Orange County on coronavirus watch list Coronavirus is spreading quickly enough locally that on Monday state health officials put Orange County on a watch list of counties in danger of facing new lockdown orders. In its assessment, California’s Dept. of Public Health cited outbreaks at assisted living facilities, memory care facilities and other communal homes in […]

  • In the news

    OC’s job picture still below pre-virus levels

    June 29, 2020 As Orange County’s economy reopens, the unemployment rate climbed to 14.5% in May, compared with a peak of 10.1% during the Great Recession - and 2.4% a year ago.

  • In the news

    Masks could help stop the virus. So why are they still controversial?

    June 29, 2020 In Europe and the U.S., resistance to face coverings is strong. Experts blame confusing government advice and cultural misgivings. Even Germany’s chancellor, Angela Merkel, a scientist, doesn’t wear a mask in public. And fewer than 10% of Scandinavians said they wear face coverings consistently.

  • In the news

    Pence changes course: ‘Wearing a mask is a good idea’

    June 29, 2020 During a weekend appearance in Texas, the vice president said face coverings could help curb the spread of COVID-19.

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    June 29 Updates

    Scientist turns the coronavirus into music—Here’s what it sounds like By translating genes into melodies, a researcher creates “an eerie yet oddly soothing medley of plucked strings, resonant reeds and harmonizing horns.” Masks could help stop the virus. So why are they still controversial? In Europe and the U.S., resistance to face coverings is strong. Experts blame confusing government […]

  • In the news

    OC partners with community group to reduce coronavirus impacts on Anaheim, Santa Ana

    June 29, 2020 The two cities have 40% of Orange County's cases despite representing only 20% of the county's population. Nonprofit Latino Health Access is working with the county's health care agency to address this disparity.

  • In the news

    All L.A. County beaches will close July 4 weekend

    June 29, 2020 Fireworks will also be banned. Allowing large celebrations would be ‘a recipe for increased transmission of COVID-19,’ county Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer said.

  • Feature

    The future of compassion

    June 29, 2020 As the coronavirus strikes different regions of the world, compassion can run thin. An expert offers tips for caring about the afflicted.

  • In the news

    OC city leaders, health officials concerned by data showing coronavirus ‘hot spots’

    June 27, 2020 Although the worst outbreaks are confined to densely populated neighborhoods, experts worry that surrounding suburbs may have let their guard down too early.

  • In the news

    Scientist turns the coronavirus into music—Here’s what it sounds like

    June 26, 2020 By translating genes into melodies, a researcher creates 'an eerie yet oddly soothing medley of plucked strings, resonant reeds and harmonizing horns.'

  • In the news

    Saxophone player draws crowds to his home

    June 26, 2020 A retired doctor who played in local restaurants before the shutdown has begun performing through a window at his Fullerton house. Twice a week, he plays to sidewalk crowds who come from miles away with blankets, folding chairs and bottles of wine.

  • In the news

    Thank You, neighbor: 50+ good news stories from all 50 states

    June 26, 2020 Americans across the country are finding unique ways to spread peace and build community.

  • In the news

    Opinion: We need to reopen schools, but is it safe?

    June 26, 2020 Yes, a group of health and education experts has developed a plan to reopen K-12 classes safely.

  • In the news

    Despite alarming California COVID spike, don’t expect stay-at-home orders to quickly return

    June 26, 2020 Many officials say the economic repercussions of lockdowns are unsustainable for the long haul, and are devastating on their own.

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    June 26 Updates

    The U.S. is averaging more new COVID-19 cases per day than any point during the pandemic The U.S. average of daily new coronavirus cases hit the highest point of the pandemic, according to numbers provided by Johns Hopkins University. Yesterday marked a record for the most new cases reported in a single day–at least 39,972. U.S. […]

  • In the news

    Orange County Sees Rise in COVID-19 Cases, Hospitalizations, Deaths

    June 25, 2020 'Orange County has been doing well historically in the last few months, but now it's starting to look a lot worse and a lot more like the counties it borders,' said one expert.

  • In the news

    As cases rise, virus again takes advantage of human instinct

    June 25, 2020 The natural first response is denial, which allows the virus to sneak up and overwhelm cities and states, experts say. What happened in New York could be happening again across the U.S., although some see glimmers of hope.

  • In the news

    More than 20 million Americans may have had virus

    June 25, 2020 The figure is 10 times the number of confirmed infections - and most of the cases never knew they had COVID-19, according to a CDC estimate.

  • Feature

    Animal agriculture’s role in pandemics

    June 30, 2020 Scholars discuss how commercial animal agriculture can transmit diseases from animals to humans.

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    The future of transportation

    June 25, 2020 Experts discuss the transformation of getting around as more people work remotely.

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    June 25 Updates

    Before face masks, Americans went to war against seat belts In the early 1980s, fewer than 15% said they used seat belts consistently and most opposed enforcement laws. “There was a libertarian streak among resistors,” consumer safety advocate Ralph Nader says. “We are a very hard society to change cognitively.” Newsom declares budget emergency to help tame […]

  • In the news

    OC officials told Anaheim to squelch virus data

    June 24, 2020 Critics say Orange County needs more transparency about where outbreaks are occurring.

  • In the news

    Yes, kids should go back to school in the fall

    June 24, 2020 The costs of widespread school closures are devastating, especially because children aren't as vulnerable to the virus. A public health expert proposes strict prevention controls in classrooms instead.

  • In the news

    Americans face new virus limbo as some reopenings are canceled

    June 24, 2020 Some states and counties are delaying and even reversing reopenings as cases mount in the South and West. Experts say more opening and closing could go on for months.

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    Small Business Toolkit

    June 24, 2020 UCI experts in public health have curated a variety of information and resources to help businesses reopen safely.

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    June 24 Updates

    Fauci: Next few weeks critical to tamping down virus spikes The next few weeks are critical to tamping down a disturbing coronavirus surge, Dr. Anthony Fauci told Congress on Tuesday — issuing a plea for people to avoid crowds and wear masks. U.S. sees highest level of COVID-19 cases in two months The U.S. has seen […]

  • Feature

    Ultimate black bean burger

    June 24, 2020 Spice up your meatless Monday with a chipotle-flavored burger.

  • In the news

    The Black Lives Matter protests have taught us more about the coronavirus

    June 23, 2020 Surges in COVID-19 cases haven't happened in the cities with the biggest protests. One unexpected explanation is that more residents stayed home during the demonstrations.

  • In the news

    COVID-19 Is pummeling Orange County’s poorest cities

    June 23, 2020 More than 40% of people who have tested positive live in Santa Ana and Anaheim, even though these cities make up just over 20% of the county's total population.

  • Feature

    Grilled Peaches with Yogurt and Granola

    June 16, 2020 A summertime favorite, peaches are full of prebiotics and vitamins.

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    Thai-style Chicken Burgers

    June 16, 2020 This heart-healthy recipe offers a flavorful twist on a classic sandwich.

  • In the news

    Fauci says virus task force was never told to slow down testing

    June 23, 2020 'None of us have ever been told to slow down on testing. … In fact, we will be doing more testing,' Fauci said, seeming to contradict a statement by the president.

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    June 23 Updates

    Gov. Newsom addresses California’s increase in COVID-19 cases Gov. Newsom said that hospitalizations from COVID-19 grew 16% in the past two weeks as the state reported 46,000 new cases. This marks a significant increase in cases. Newsom notes that the state may need to reinstate some of the restrictions of the stay-at-home order if metrics spike. California […]

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    Get the primary care you need, safely

    June 23, 2020 Seeing your physician has changed with reconfigured waiting rooms, video visits, COVID screenings, safety gear and other measures. 

  • In the news

    Reusable grocery bags now OK in many parts of California

    June 22, 2020 As California reopens, supermarkets in some counties may allow customers to resume using reusable grocery bags, as long as customers bag their own groceries.

  • In the news

    Past and present California governors do pro-mask video

    June 22, 2020 In an amusing PSA video, Republicans Arnold Schwarzenegger and Pete Wilson join Democrats Jerry Brown, Gray Davis and Gavin Newsom to promote face coverings.

  • In the news

    As cases rise, Pence warns young people increasingly catching coronavirus

    June 22, 2020 COVID-19 is surging in a number of states, with many of the infections coming from people under 35.

  • In the news

    Increase in cases, hospitalizations tells ‘sobering story,’ Newsom says

    June 22, 2020 The governor said COVID-19 hospitalizations grew 16% in the past two weeks as the state reported 46,000 new cases. He warned that the state may need to reinstate some restrictions if numbers spike.

  • In the news

    Going back to work? What experts say about riding elevators

    June 22, 2020 Health agencies advise masks, tapping buttons with a knuckle and avoiding speaking. If riders follow those steps, 'there’s essentially no risk,' one expert said.

  • In the news

    The coronavirus recession and how it could affect crime rates

    June 22, 2020 Research suggests that the closure of small businesses leads to an increase in violence.

  • In the news

    Get a comfortable chair: Permanent work from home is coming

    June 22, 2020 Major companies now say the benefits of remote work, such as decreased costs, outweigh the drawbacks.

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    June 22 Updates

    Going back to work? What experts say about riding elevators Health agencies urge elevator users to wear masks, tap buttons with an object or knuckle, and avoid speaking when possible. If riders follow those recommendations, “there’s essentially no risk,” one expert said. Why scientists say talk of a second wave is premature The coronavirus so far […]

  • Feature

    Miso chicken stew

    June 22, 2020 This vegetable-filled chicken soup is good for both body and soul.

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    Shrimp Tacos and Avocado Slaw

    June 16, 2020 This delicious dinner meal is packed with Omega-3 fats, vitamins and minerals.

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    Thinking outside the box

    June 22, 2020 An infectious diseases researcher teams up with his father to convert shipping containers into mobile, drive-thru COVID-19 testing centers.

  • In the news

    South Carolina racism protests canceled after demonstrators get COVID

    June 21, 2020 Organizers hold off on future anti-racism protests after more than a dozen infections are reported among people who attended two earlier demonstrations.

  • Feature

    Sun-dried tomato hummus pasta

    June 20, 2020 Watch this video tutorial to learn how to make a creamy vegan pasta.

  • In the news

    California could lose $2 billion as travelers opt for neighboring states

    June 19, 2020 The pandemic has curtailed tourism on the West Coast, as people take their money elsewhere. A survey suggests the trend will continue in upcoming months.

  • Feature

    UCI Podcast: Civil engineers research coronavirus in the bathroom and sewage systems

    June 18, 2020 Can the virus be spread by flushing a toilet? Can it be detected in municipal wastewater treatment plants? An expert is researching both questions, which she discusses in this podcast.

  • In the news

    Californians must wear face masks in public under coronavirus order issued by Newsom

    June 18, 2020 With the governor's order, California becomes the 12th state to make face coverings mandatory.

  • In the news

    COVID-19 case clusters offer lessons and warnings for reopening

    June 18, 2020 'Reopening is not a one-way street, and we may need to make a U-turn,' says epidemiologist Andrew Noymer. Studying cases of mass transmission can help regions avoid U-turns.

  • In the news

    Orange County’s coronavirus death, hospitalization rates now higher than San Diego, Riverside and San Bernardino counties

    June 18, 2020 While surrounding counties have decreased or slowed the increase of COVID-19 hospitalizations and deaths, Orange County is reporting its highest numbers since the start of the pandemic.

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    How likely are kids to get COVID-19?

    June 18, 2020 Scientists see a “huge puzzle” with no easy answers. But if children don’t play a big role in spreading the virus, as studies seem to suggest, then the high cost of restrictions isn’t warranted by the small benefits gained.

  • In the news

    OC officials monitoring increase in ICU hospitalizations from coronavirus

    June 18, 2020 ICU cases have climbed 76% over the last six weeks. A county supervisor says outbreaks in skilled nursing homes and two dozen patients from Imperial County account for some of the uptick.

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    June 18 Updates

    California orders statewide use of face coverings Face coverings must now be worn statewide in indoor public spaces, workplaces, outdoor lines, public transportation and other high-risk settings under guidance issued today by Gov. Newsom and the California Department of Public Health. “We are seeing too many people with faces uncovered – putting at risk the […]

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    Race and Medicine

    June 18, 2020 Scholars discuss how the pandemic has affected Asian Americans, and talk about our understanding of illness and life's meaning.