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"COVID is still killing hundreds a day, even as society begins to move on"

The Los Angeles Times interviewed Dr. Vickie Mays, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health professor of health policy and management, about the mental health impact of the more than 1 million deaths in the U.S. attributed to COVID-19 since 2020

Sunday, September 18, 2022

Roshan Kalghatgi was shocked when his 73-year-old mother tested positive for the coronavirus in July, nearly 2½ years into the pandemic.

“I thought it was a fluke,” the Redwood City resident said. “I made them do it again.”

His mother, Manisha, had eluded the virus at a Pennsylvania assisted living facility as COVID-19 devastated group facilities for the elderly. She had avoided infection again when she flew across the country to join Roshan and his family in San Mateo County, where she would tickle her 4-year-old grandson and faithfully follow his repeated requests to show him her belly button.