Letter from the editor on our December noodles issue

So here we are, dealing with what UC Irvine researchers call “cascading collective traumas: the pandemic, a recession, social unrest, and weather-related disasters”—specifically the Silverado and Blue Ridge fires for us in Orange County. UC Irvine professor of psychological science Roxane Cohen Silver and her team have researched the mental health effects that will arise from these events and the nonstop media exposure to them, suggesting we’ll need extra resources in the future.