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Latest California Healthline Stories

Tear-Gassing Protesters During An Infectious Outbreak ‘A Recipe For Disaster’

Health researchers are among the voices calling for police to stop using tear gas and pepper spray on protesters, because these chemical irritants can damage the body in ways that can spread the coronavirus and increase the severity of COVID-19. One example: Tear gas and pepper spray can sow confusion and panic in a crowd, causing people to rip off their masks and touch their faces, leading to more contamination.

Lost On The Frontline

A housing supervisor who “was always trying to help somebody.” A former nurse who coached trainees from behind an ICU’s administrative desk. A nursing home food service director who died the day after his mother. These are some of the people just added to “Lost on the Frontline,” a special series from The Guardian and KHN that profiles health care workers who died of COVID-19.

ICUs Become A ‘Delirium Factory’ For COVID Patients

The coronavirus that causes COVID-19 targets more than just the lungs. New research shows it also penetrates the brain, complicating treatment and risking lifelong damage. And the pandemic limits hospitals from running MRIs or other tests on coronavirus patients.

Judges Try To Balance Legal Rights And Courtroom Health

Courtrooms aren’t built for social distancing, and pandemics don’t offer ideal conditions for fulfilling the right to a speedy trial. But, eventually, every court in the nation will have to reckon with a return that may risk safety to some degree.