COVID-19 cases are increasing across the country again after travel and indoor gatherings for Thanksgiving and Christmas, and our scientists are trying their best to understand how the new Omicron variant could affect the increase in cases going into the spring. According to data, hospitalizations are beginning to increase, moving up about 20% since the end of November. With hospitals facing extreme supply shortages and constraints, Return Love Organization has gathered 500 masks through the money from our members’ part-time jobs and successfully donated them to the USC Verdugo Hills Hospital along with inspirational drawings, healthy snacks, and flowers. Through these donations, we are hoping to help the hospital accelerate its response to the crisis by securing vital resources for patient care, health care provider protection and wellness, and research to combat COVID-19.

-Xinmo Chen