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COVID 19: NYC Hospitalizations Down, Plus What We’re Learning About How Heart Drugs And Altitude Might Help Combat The Virus




A waiter wearing a mask and gloves delivers food to a table to customers seated at an outdoor patio at a restaurant in Washington, DC, May 29, 2020.
A waiter wearing a mask and gloves delivers food to a table to customers seated at an outdoor patio at a restaurant in Washington, DC, May 29, 2020.
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No state has been hit harder by the coronavirus pandemic than New York, with more than 200,000 confirmed cases across its five boroughs but on Tuesday its Governor Andrew Cuomo had some good news to share when he announced that hospitalizations in New York City were at their lowest number since the statistic started being tracked in mid-March.

Here in California, the University of Southern California announced on Tuesday that it would be opening for both online and in-person classes for the Fall 2020 semester. It’s among the first major universities in the state to confirm reopening plans. Students and faculty will have options to take classes online or in-person, the number of students in residence hall dorms will be reduced, and classrooms and offices around the campus are being reconfigured to accommodate physical distancing requirements.

Meanwhile, in the world of research, the Wall Street Journal reports on some promising findings about the potential for heart drugs like blood thinners and other blood pressure drugs to help prevent complications from COVID-19 and reduce hospitalization time. And the Washington Post reports scientists are also looking at how high altitudes might impact the virus’ spread, as populations of people who live in places like Peru’s Andes Mountains and the Himalayas in Tibet are showing markedly lower infection rates than those who live closer to sea level.

Today on AirTalk, we’ll talk with infectious disease specialist Dr. Peter Chin Hong of UCSF about all of these topics and more, plus we’ll take your COVID-19 questions at 866-893-5722.

Guest:

Peter Chin-Hong, M.D., infectious disease specialist and professor of medicine at the UCSF Medical Center; he tweets @PCH_SF