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COVID-19 AMA: Spread On Surfaces, Is There Any Way To Safely Socialize?




Nurse  Kristyna Saja (L) and nurse Amanda Miller care for a COVID-19 patient in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at Sharp Grossmont Hospital amidst the coronavirus pandemic on May 5, 2020 in La Mesa, California.
Nurse Kristyna Saja (L) and nurse Amanda Miller care for a COVID-19 patient in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at Sharp Grossmont Hospital amidst the coronavirus pandemic on May 5, 2020 in La Mesa, California.
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As of Thursday, L.A. County had at least 1,973 deaths and 40,895 confirmed cases of coronavirus.

The L.A. Times is tracking cases and is reporting more than 86,000 cases and 3,501 deaths across the state as of late Wednesday night. 

According to the Times, cases in the state are on track to double about every month. President Donald Trump vowed to use “every plane, truck and soldier” to distribute COVID-19 vaccines he hopes will be ready by year’s end — even as the country’s top scientists gear up for a master experiment to rapidly tell if any really work. As the world races to find a vaccine, we continue to learn new things about the virus. The CDC now says the virus doesn’t spread easily from touching surfaces. Researchers are also looking to  “superspreading events” to better understand how the virus impacts crowded areas, according to a recent Wall Street Journal piece. Today on AirTalk, we get the latest with COVID-19 with an infectious disease specialist. Plus, what should people be thinking about ahead of Memorial Day weekend and is there any safe way to socialize amid the pandemic? Do you have questions? Join the conversation by calling 866-893-5722. 

With files from LAist and the Associated Press. Read the full story here

Guest:

Dean Blumberg, M.D., professor of medicine and chief of Pediatric Infectious Diseases at UC Davis Children’s Hospital