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First Coronavirus Death In Los Angeles County Confirmed, Virus Continues To Spread Nationwide




Workers clean a subway station in Brooklyn as New York City confronts the coronavirus outbreak on March 11, 2020 in New York City.
Workers clean a subway station in Brooklyn as New York City confronts the coronavirus outbreak on March 11, 2020 in New York City.
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The coronavirus, now classified as a pandemic, continues to spread throughout the Los Angeles area and the country. In a speech last night that sowed confusion, President Donald Trump announced that he was suspending the travel of all goods and people from Europe to the United States for the next 30 days. He walked back the claim last night, saying on Twitter that the ban applies to “people not goods.”

Local officials continue to respond to the crisis and diagnose new cases. Yesterday, Los Angeles County officials announced the first death from coronavirus within their jurisdiction. To date, there have been 29 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the county.

The Dow Jones industrial average has dropped 5.9 percentage points yesterday, which means it is now considered a bear market. This drop comes in the middle of a volatile time in the stock market, as the markets reached an all-time high last month.

In Sacramento County, local officials have announced that those showing symptoms of the coronavirus are no longer subject to quarantine, saying that the virus has already spread to the community.

Are you concerned for yourself or for family members? Are you unsure about what to do to keep the virus from spreading? 

David Eisenman, professor of medicine and public health at UCLA, is back with the show to answer your questions about coronavirus in the Los Angeles area. Share your questions with us: 866-893-5722.

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David Eisenman, M.D., professor of medicine and public health at UCLA; director of the university's Center for Public Health and Disasters; Associate Natural Scientist at RAND