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Author: Phyllis Agran, MD, MPH

A Discriminatory Trend That Has Somehow Become Acceptable Behavior: Ageism

Like many Americans, I’ve witnessed anti-Semitism, racism, and sexism up close.

Today, I’m witnessing another form of discrimination that has, sadly, somehow become acceptable behavior. I am talking about ageism.

Our country no longer seems to appreciate — or even acknowledge — that our parents and our grandparents created most of the civil rights breakthroughs and opportunities we enjoy today.

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This Pool Season: One More Drowning is One Too Many

It’s that time of the year again — pool season!  As temperatures rise, there’s nothing more fun for kids to do than splash away in the nearest pool. However, we must also be aware of the dangers that come with access to swimming pools. 

Drowning is the No. 1 cause of death among children ages 1-4 here in Orange County.

Every year, we hear tragic stories about accidental drownings in backyard pools.  A 4-sided pool fence would prevent most of these tragedies from occurring.

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We’re Doing Better … But We Aren’t Out of the Woods Yet

The good news is that the number of COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations across Orange County has dropped significantly.

However, only 15% of our County’s residents have been fully vaccinated, so we must continue to follow the safety protocols until that number dramatically increases. 

The only way out of this global pandemic is through vaccines! We must get as many people vaccinated as quickly as possible to save lives and to stop the virus from spreading before more variants are created.

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COVID-19 Pandemic: One Year Later

It’s been more than a year since the first COVID-19 case was reported in Orange County.  As of March 31st, we have now had 250,683 reported cases and 4,744 Orange County residents have lost their lives to the virus.

Here in Irvine, there have been 10,379 reported cases and 81 of our Irvine neighbors have died from COVID-19. Each of those numbers represents someone’s mother, father, daughter, son, friend, neighbor, or co-worker. Thousands of lives have been devastated by the loss of our 81 Irvine neighbors.

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COVID-19 Vaccines: What You Need to Know

Mass-vaccination is our best available tool to get to the other side of this public health crisis.

I receive calls every day from anxious friends and neighbors. They want to know how to get vaccinated — and how to navigate the County’s problematic scheduling process.

To help, I have compiled a list of COVID-19 vaccine resources from local and federal sources.

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