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COVID-19: More Than 900 Deaths In LA County, A Look At Sweden’s Coronavirus Approach




A phlebotomist draws blood from a person getting tested for coronavirus antibodies at the Refuah Health Center on April 24, 2020 in Spring Valley, New York.
A phlebotomist draws blood from a person getting tested for coronavirus antibodies at the Refuah Health Center on April 24, 2020 in Spring Valley, New York.
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As of Monday afternoon, L.A. County has at least 942 deaths and at least 20,423 confirmed cases of coronavirus, reflecting 29 new deaths and another 900 new cases.

Wednesday, April 22 marked the deadliest 24 hours of coronavirus in the state.California Gov. Gavin Newsom reported Thursday that 115 people died the previous day, underscoring the vital responsibility to stay home and limit the spread of the virus. That’s becoming more of a challenge as the temperatures rise. Thousands flocked to open SoCal beaches this past weekend. Newsom warned that those types of behaviors could put communities in jeopardy. As California officials urge residents to continue staying home, other states have moved to slowly reopen their economies. L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti said yesterday on AirTalk that the city could start to take baby steps in two to six weeks. Sweden, unlike other countries, has been taking a different approach. According to USA Today, Sweden has largely kept restaurants and schools operating in hopes of developing “herd immunity,” which typically happens with a vaccine.

Today on AirTalk, we look at the pros and cons of that strategy and get the latest updates on the coronavirus pandemic. Plus, an infectious disease specialist takes your questions. Call us with your questions at 866-893-5722.  

With files from LAist. Read the full story here.

Guest:

Dan Kelly, M.D., assistant professor of epidemiology and infectious disease specialist at UCSF, he is an Ebola researcher who’s also now working on COVID-19 projects; he tweets @DanKelly_MD