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COVID-19: A Critical Week In LA, Antibodies Study Looks Promising And More




Certified medical assistant Yatziri Perez conducts a test for COVID-19 at a drive-up testing station in the parking lot of UNLV Medicine on April 6, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Certified medical assistant Yatziri Perez conducts a test for COVID-19 at a drive-up testing station in the parking lot of UNLV Medicine on April 6, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
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On Monday afternoon, L.A. County reported 420 new cases and 15 new deaths, marking a rise in the mortality rate to 2.3%. There have now been more than 6,300 total confirmed cases here.

Meanwhile, the United States is among a number of countries experiencing large-scale epidemics. Italy, Spain, Germany, and now France are all reporting more confirmed cases than China, where the outbreak began late last year, but whose reported numbers have since greatly slowed. 

L.A. County public health officials are calling this week “critical” as the virus hits a new milestone. They’re urging all residents to stay home and skip out on shopping all together if possible. Meanwhile, Mayor Eric Garcetti is ramping up testing efforts. In his nightly address on the city's response to the pandemic, he announced that anyone in the city or county can now apply for a test to see if they have the coronavirus. That doesn't mean an applicant will be approved, but it does mean the restrictions have been loosened and that you won't be automatically disqualified just because you're not considered high risk, according to Garcetti. According to the L.A. Times, a pilot study conducted in China is showing promise that antibodies from recovered patients could help others infected with the virus. Today on AirTalk, Larry sits down with an infectious disease expert to discuss the latest with COVID-19 who, as always, will answer your questions. What do you want to ask? Call us at: 866-893-5722.

You can apply for a test at coronavirus.la city.org.

With files from LAist. Read the full story here.

Guest:

Kimberly Shriner, M.D., infectious disease specialist at Huntington Hospital in Pasadena