Latest California Healthline Stories
1 Million Cases In California … And It All Started With One Woman: Back in January, when Patricia Dowd became sick with flu-like symptoms and had to cancel plans to go to a funeral, it would be impossible to fathom what her illness foretold for California and the rest of the nation. Read more from the Los Angeles Times. Continued coverage, below.
Thursday’s summaries of the top health news covers California closing in on 1 million COVID cases, county responses, hospital prep and more.
Below, check out the roundup of California Healthline’s coverage. For today’s national health news, read KHN’s Morning Briefing.
3 Bay Area Doctors On Biden’s Transition Team: Three UC San Francisco physicians will help guide President-elect Joe Biden’s pandemic response strategy as members of his newly announced Transition COVID-19 Advisory Board. The UCSF physicians named to the panel are: Dr. Eric Goosby, Dr. Robert Rodriguez and Dr. David Kessler, who is a former commissioner of the FDA and will serve as a co-chair of the board. Read more from the Bay Area News Group.
Celebrations Could Turn Into Superspreaders: The impromptu celebrations for Joe Biden and Kamala Harris after the marathon presidential election could very well have harmed the new president’s goal of taming the coronavirus pandemic, Bay Area epidemiologists said. “It’s going to be a concern,” said Robert Siegel, an infectious-disease specialist at Stanford University, referring to a tendency in crowds not to stay 6 feet apart or, in some cases, wear masks. “The virus doesn’t care what your political persuasion is.” Read more from the San Francisco Chronicle.
As Your Election Stress Kicks Into Overdrive, So Does Your Brain: If concentrating right now feels impossible, that’s because in some cases, it really is. Research has shown that the frontal cortex — the part of our brain that we use for working or doing tasks — is also involved in what psychologists call “off-task mind wandering” and worry. “This mind-wandering tends to happen when there’s something important and unresolved,” said Sonia Bishop, an associate professor at UC Berkeley who studies how anxiety impacts the brain. Read more from the San Francisco Chronicle.
COVID Hospitalizations On The Rise In California: As states throughout the country experience severe spikes in coronavirus infections, California’s case count remains mild by comparison. But as transmission and hospitalizations again increase, officials are returning to a cautionary refrain. The statewide number of hospitalizations has increased by 13.5% over the past 14 days, and the number of patients in intensive care has grown by nearly 20%. Read more from the Los Angeles Times.
How did California vote? Wednesday’s roundup of state health news focuses on propositions, voter sentiment, COVID, schools and more.
Newsom’s Emergency Order Exceeded His Authority, Judge Rules: Gov. Gavin Newsom exceeded his authority by ordering elections officials to mail all California voters ballots, a judge said Monday in a tentative ruling that could shape the limits of gubernatorial powers but does not affect Tuesday's election. Read more from Politico, the Los Angeles Times and AP.
Voting In Person Tomorrow? Here’s How To Stay Healthy: If you’re planning to head to a voting center on Election Day, health experts say to take the following precautions to protect yourself: Wear a mask; stay at least 6 feet from others when plexiglass is not present; bring your own hand sanitizer; consider bringing a face shield or goggles; and go to the polls by yourself—don’t bring children or other household members. Read more from CapRadio.