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As California Continues Coronavirus Response, How Can You Help Contain It?




Shopper outside Costco in Burbank, California.
Shopper outside Costco in Burbank, California.
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In response to the growing coronavirus pandemic, Gov. Gavin Newsom has said schools will likely remain closed through the summer, and has urged seniors and the chronically ill to stay home.

This follows previous orders from state and local officials for citizens to ramp up their social isolation in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti announced earlier this week that bars and restaurants must close or shift to takeout only. Meanwhile, area hospitals have been preparing for a surge in patients, though some healthcare workers have said their own safety isn’t being ensured.

Nationally, the federal government has announced another travel ban in response to the coronavirus pandemic, this time with Canada. President Donald Trump announced on Twitter this morning that all non-essential, non-trade travel between the two nations was suspended “by mutual consent.” A similar ban has already been implemented between the United States and Europe.

As the coronavirus continues to spread, we want to hear from you. We have an UCLA epidemiologist on the show this morning to answer your questions. Are you feeling any symptoms that could qualify you for a test? Do you have questions about where it’s safe to go?

Guest:

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