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State of Affairs, Plasma Injection May Help Block COVID-19, Weekend Preview




SEATTLE, WA - APRIL 17: Medical laboratory scientist, Alicia Bui, runs a clinical test in the Immunology lab at UW Medicine looking for antibodies against SARS-CoV-2, a virus strain that causes coronavirus disease (COVID-19) on April 17, 2020 in Seattle, Washington. The plasma she is examining came from donors who have recovered from COVID-19, a contagious respiratory illness, and may have the potential to help combat the disease in others. (Photo by Karen Ducey/Getty Images)
SEATTLE, WA - APRIL 17: Medical laboratory scientist, Alicia Bui, runs a clinical test in the Immunology lab at UW Medicine looking for antibodies against SARS-CoV-2, a virus strain that causes coronavirus disease (COVID-19) on April 17, 2020 in Seattle, Washington. The plasma she is examining came from donors who have recovered from COVID-19, a contagious respiratory illness, and may have the potential to help combat the disease in others. (Photo by Karen Ducey/Getty Images)
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State of Affairs 

In some cases the meat is coming from live animal markets  - otherwise known as wet markets. LA officials want to ban them but first they got to figure out what they are - and where. We’ll talk about that later on in the show...But first it’s time for State of Affairs, our weekly peek at politics in the Golden State.

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Plasma Injection

The LA Times is reporting that scientists have come up with a way to inoculate people against the coronavirus by administering a shot of the use the antibody-rich blood plasma of COVID-19 survivors. It has support of many in the medical world but the federal government has yet to consider it as an option to combat the spread of the virus.

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Asian Coronavirus Test Booths 

As demand for coronavirus tests soars in southern California, community clinics are helping meet the need. KPCC's Josie Huang has the story of one local clinic that's leaning into its immigrant roots as it embarks on Covid screening.

Coronavirus Locked Mental Health

We’ve heard a lot about how COVID-19 is cutting off family members from their loved ones in nursing homes. But coronavirus has also forced the freezing of visitation hours at locked mental health facilities, like the 190-bed La Casa in Long Beach. That’s where we catch up with one mother who’s been cutting through the bushes to talk with her son through his parking-lot facing window.

Coronavirus Wet Markets

Live animal markets (aka wet markets) fill a need for thousands of residents. L.A. city officials want to ban them -- but first, they need to figure out what wet markets are. 

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Weekend Preview 

KPCC's Leo Duran shares some of the best socially distant events to be a part of this weekend in Southern California.