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COVID-19 AMA: Why COVID Is Rebounding In SoCal Suburbs And More

Published July 15, 2021 at 9:52 AM PDT
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A medical assistant administers a COVID-19 test to a person at Sameday Testing on July 14, 2021 in Los Angeles, California.

COVID-19 AMA: Why COVID Is Rebounding In SoCal Suburbs And More

In our continuing series looking at the latest medical research and news on COVID-19, Larry Mantle speaks with Dr. Dean Blumberg from UC Davis Children’s Hospital.

Topics today include:

  • COVID rebounding across Southern California, especially suburbs
  • Can vaccinated people get long COVID?
  • Pediatricians weigh in on summer RSV surge
  • Study finds one quarter of unvaccinated young adults unlikely to get a shot
  • Large study finds COVID especially risky for people with H.I.V.
  • LAT op-ed: Immunocompromised people shouldn’t have to wait for booster shots


Dean Blumberg, M.D., professor of medicine and chief of Pediatric Infectious Diseases at UC Davis Children’s Hospital; he tweets @DBlumbergPedsID

Why Women Have Long Kept Early Parts Of Pregnancy A Secret And The Arguments For Moving Away From The ‘12-Week Rule’

It’s long been an unspoken (and even spoken) rule that women who are pregnant should keep it a secret until at least three months in. In recent years, some have called for society to move away from this rule because it often leads those who experience pregnancy loss, which is incredibly common early in a pregnancy, to grieve alone. It can also lead to feelings of shame, guilt or other mental health stressors. We want to know what you think. Do you think it’s time to move away from the 12-week rule? Why or why not? Has your religion or culture influenced your actions? Tell us your experience by calling 866-893-5722.


Eynav Accortt, research scientist and clinical psychologist who leads the reproductive psychology team in the OB GYN department at Cedars-Sinai, she focuses on mental health before, during and after pregnancy and childbirth; she tweets @dr_accortt

The Latest On Britney Spears’ Conservatorship Battle And How California’s Conservatorship Laws Work

A judge allowed Britney Spears to hire an attorney of her choosing at a hearing Wednesday in which she broke down in tears after describing the “cruelty” of her conservatorship.

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Brenda Penny approved Spears hiring former federal prosecutor Mathew Rosengart, who called on Spears’ father to immediately resign as her conservator.

Britney Spears, taking part in the hearing by phone, told the judge she approved of Rosengart after several conversations with him. She then asked to address the court, but asked that the courtroom be cleared.

As Rosengart began to argue for a private hearing, Spears interrupted him to say “I can talk with it open.”

“My dad needs to be removed today,” she said, adding that she would like to see him charged with abusing his position.

With files from the Associated Press


Anastasia Tsioulcas, a reporter on NPR’s arts desk who has been covering this story; she tweets @anastasiat

Daniel Sallus, esq. partner at Stone & Sallus LLP.; where he specializes in businesses litigation & estate planning

Many Boomers Retired Early Because Of The Pandemic. What Are The Implications?

As reported by the LA Times, it’s looking like some of the older workers who left the workforce during the pandemic won’t be coming back. Whether they’re retiring early because of financial or quality of life reasons, it’s a trend that will have wide-reaching repercussions.


Don Lee, reporter covering the economy for the L.A. Times; he tweets @dleelatimes

Lisa Berkman, director of the Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies; professor of public policy and epidemiology at Harvard

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