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Coronavirus Continues To Spread Throughout L.A. What Can You Do To Help?




A woman walks while wearing a face mask as patrons sit at a restaurant in Grand Central Market in Los Angeles, California.
A woman walks while wearing a face mask as patrons sit at a restaurant in Grand Central Market in Los Angeles, California.
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This weekend, more restrictions were put in place to prevent the spread of coronavirus, as local, state, and federal officials continue to respond to the coronavirus pandemic.

Yesterday, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti announced that bars, nightclubs, gyms, and movie theaters within city limits are now required to close, while restaurants are required to limit their business to carryout orders. This order took effect at midnight last night.

On NBC’s Meet the Press yesterday, Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said he was open to the idea of a two week national shutdown, similar to measures taken in European countries with more widespread coronavirus cases.

On Friday, the Los Angeles Unified School District announced that for the next two weeks, campuses will be closed and their students will be required to complete their coursework from home. Also on Friday, Gov. Gavin Newsom issued an executive order giving school districts that close additional funds for remote learning, though he stopped short of ordering all schools in the state to close.

In order to curb the spread of coronavirus, experts have advised that citizens should practice good personal hygiene and social distancing, including washing your hands frequently, avoiding touching your face, and keeping at least three feet away from other individuals in public.

Do you have questions about how to change your behavior to help stop the spread of coronavirus? Are you or a loved one at an increased risk of contracting COVID-19? Dr. Timothy Klausner, professor of medicine and expert in applied epidemiology at UCLA, will be with us on AirTalk today to answer your questions and concerns. Share your questions and concerns with our expert by calling 866-893-5722.

Guest:

Jeffrey Klausner, M.D., professor of medicine and public health at UCLA who studies applied epidemiology and the control of infectious diseases; he is a frequent advisor to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the National Institutes of Health, and the World Health Organization