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UPDATED: March 18, 2020
If the speed and spread of the pandemic coronavirus have you very concerned, know that we are there with you.
and it was on the day of last week that President Trump, Tom and Rita, and the World Health Organization officially Yes, it’s all in the same day. Yes, it was only last week.
At the end of last week, Trump, school, and store shelves started.
Our heads spin as well.
One of the most important ways we can all combat fear is to get ready. That’s what we’re here to help you do. So here’s our promise to you. We will:
So, here’s what we know so far:
“” was declared on January 30, 2020 by the World Health Organization through a new epidemic, deadly, a new coronavirus that began in Wuhan City, China.
virus was identified as SARS-CoV-2, which causes a disease called COVID-19 (which is an abbreviation of “coronavirus disease in 2019”).
In mid-March, there were more than than COVID 19th worldwide. Most cases are located in China.
On Mar. 4, and Governor Gavin Newsom made calls to declare a state of emergency for the state of California on the same day.
On Mar. 11, WHO make it official :.
You can keep track of the global scope and spread. And updated every day.
The map below also shows the cumulative confirmed cases, death and recovery. It is updated in real-time throughout the day. , Zoom out to see more of the world
The data managed by the Johns Hopkins Center for Systems Science and Engineering who pull from: ,,,, local media reports, local health departments, and DXY
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SARS-CoV-2 is in the family of pathogens that typically cause short-lived illness.
They got their name because of how they look, which is spiked around the edges, like a crown. And some of the coronavirus daunting than others. Scientists are still trying to figure out how dangerous the new (or “novel”) this coronavirus.
“Most people infected with this virus at some point in their lives,” according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The symptoms may include fever, cough, difficulty breathing, runny nose, and headache. But they can vary in severity. , But “other patients have milder disease and was discharged,” said CDC
The main message from local health officials are :. Don ‘t panic. But L.A. is taking significant precautions.
A local public health emergency declared by local officials on March 4
in L.A. County were announced at a regular press conference, and on.
– which means the source of the infection is unknown -. It was on March 9. Since then, Public Health has released a number updatated cases may be due to the spread of the community in the
on 11 March
March 15, officials LA County says they close all offices to the public, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, and an executive order shall come into force at midnight.
L.A. County followed by a similar list on the next day, including a very discouraging meeting of more than 50 people.
On Sunday, March 15th Governor Gavin Newsom. He asked that all seniors and people with underlying conditions should be isolated at home as a precaution against a pandemic coronavirus ongoing.
Newsom said the so-called wineries, bars and brewpubs “non-essential functions” of the state. He said he believes restaurants must continue to operate far below capacity to serve those who are unable to cook at home.
Voluntary national guidelines announced on March 16.
President Trump and close schools, to avoid a group of more than 10 people, homeschooling children where possible, to avoid discretionary travel, and refrain from visiting bars, restaurants and a food court.
Please keep in mind that while this is voluntary, some of the restrictions imposed by the LA and officials are obliged.
Trump said that the outbreak could last until July or August. There is no national quarantine is planned, but he said that the quarantine hotspot and domestic travel is restricted under consideration.
coronaviruses generally jump from person to person in droplets from coughs and sneezes.
CDC’s current best guess is that the incubation period for the new coronavirus – the time of exposure when the first symptoms begin to appear – is somewhere between two and 14 days.
federal health officials emphasize its importance.
Local, for tourists, health workers, school administrators, colleges and universities, employers, parents of young children, the vessel, dense human life, religious organizations and more (as well).
The study – has not been peer reviewed – has found that COVID-19 could live.
That does not mean there are people who have contracted the coronavirus through breathing in air or touching contaminated surfaces, scientists involved in the study.
The study did show Neeltje van study leader Doremalen of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases told the Associated Press.
A team from the National Institutes of Health, Princeton and UCLA conducted the study. findings were published March 9 before it is published
Common symptoms may include :. mild fever, body aches, cough, nasal congestion, runny nose, sore throat.
Severe symptoms can include: high fever, severe cough, shortness of breath, persistent chest pain or pressure, confusion, bluish lips or face
These symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure , However, some people infected with the virus have no symptoms.
And there may also be additional symptoms also for what we have listed above.
and have additional details.
If you think you may have been exposed, or has symptoms COVID-19, contact your physician for further action. If you experience severe symptoms, get medical attention immediately.
Here’s the bad news. Barbara Ferrer, director of the LA County Department of Public Health, told us: “We do not have conclusive evidence about the”
He said that “in general you can be protected when you have an infection, but not always. We just will have to wait for researchers and scientists to let us know what they find out about it. “
No. , But there are working on various approaches to vaccine.
Perhaps won acetaminophen instead. At least for now.
There is currently no relationship established between ibuprofen and complications coronavirus, but outstanding.
So, while scientists try to figure out, spokesman Christian Lindmeier is to take an alternative drug.
The CDC has issued no guidance associated coronavirus-on use of anti-inflammatory, on 18 March.
They might. But they are not on a sure way to protect yourself. The problem is that the majority of surgical masks are loose and they pesky respiratory droplets can slide through the cracks. However, some studies have shown that the masks and respirators can be a risk of infection.
is probably the most effective.
BUT, masks should be prioritized, per.
The EPA released “” to be used against SARS- CoV-2, a novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19.
is on the list. So is the Brand Lysol Clean & Fresh and dozens of other consumer products.
This is what is said EPA:
“coronaviruses enveloped viruses, meaning they are one of the easiest viruses to kill with disinfectant suitable Consumers use disinfectant is at. Enveloped viruses appears to be following the directions for use on the label of the product master, pay close attention to the time of contact for the product on the surface to be treated (ie, how long the disinfectant must remain on the surface). ”
As far as keeping your hands free of the virus, the CDC says washing hands for at least 20 seconds is still your best bet. If that is not possible, use the “alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.”
Officials urged people to stay at home, even when they’re sick, unless they believe they need treatment in hospital-level. LA. County Supervisor Kathryn Barger said on March 16 that county.
Meanwhile, the surge of patients.
But some health workers are concerned for their safety, and do not think enough is being done to protect them. “Now, there is a lack of supply – special protective equipment, PPE – so we did not feel too safe because we still have to go home to our families,” a health worker at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center told us
US that contain items such as anti-flu drugs, generic medicalsupplies such as gloves and needles, and even quick-to-assemble medical center complete with bunk beds. The
This stockpile is intended to fill gaps in the supply chain or to respond to the sudden surge in demand caused by the emergency. It is not, however, intended to, or large enough to replace the private sector supply chain.
Our friends at ProPublica let us publish, by nine scenarios level in six, nine and 12 months.
Here is a look at how many hospital beds are found to be available depending on what percentage of LA more than 10 million people are affected. Keep in mind that 12% of the population here is over the age of 65. Experience in other countries shows that elderly patients were significantly higher than the coronavirus.
On March 13 ,, sent home half a million children, effective Monday, March 16, with courses move online.
All 80 public school districts.
LAUSD teachers receive an email from Supt. Austin Beutner said the district will be closed for two weeks “while we evaluate the right path forward.”
In the email, Beutner also announced plans to open 40 family resource centers to provide care on weekdays for children, starting Wednesday, March 18 “06: 00-06: 00 with trained professionals.”
LAUSD is the nation’s second largest K-12 districts and it is one of the largest companies in the region to stop normal operation.
followed by LAUSD’s closure announcement earlier this week, and the efforts of schools throughout the region to.
Long Beach Unified, the largest district three countries have.
By law, you can travel in the United States if you are already here – CDC any advice or restrictions on domestic travel (it’s not something they generally do).
But just because you can travel does not mean you should. Being in the crowd and in areas where COVID-19 spread may increase the risk of exposure. You can also consciously put others at risk during your trip. CDC before you take that trip.
For the international plan, the US State Department wants you to “reconsider the way.” On March 11, it was issued. It was the second highest alert department – Level 4 is
If you decide to go abroad, keep in mind that you may be subject to quarantine when you arrive, or < “is not the way.”. / P>
‘s what the LA County Department of Public Health is recommending:
at a press conference on March 4, Ferrer said he recommends a simple “social distancing” measures.
“Use verbal greeting in place handshakes and hugs,” said Ferrer. “Do not share cups and linen equipment. And if possible, try to keep the six feet between you and the other people you do not know in the big events.”
It’s also a good idea to have acetaminophen on hand to assist with fever (ibuprofen TBD, scroll up to that part). Look at us.
Not all, but many (and counting).
The following is from the office of Governor Gavin Newsom, from state health officials and Dr. Barbara Ferrer, director of the LA County Department of Public Health, on 12 Mar through the end of the month.
LA County is very discouraging meeting of more than 50 people, during a press conference on March 16 and has enacted two new closures and restrictions -. Some mandatory
And remember, President Trump now says 10 is the maximum number of people you have to spend time with personally.
The goal is to slow the spread of COVID-19 by “flattening of the curve” and do not overwhelm the medical infrastructure.
health care system would be overwhelmed by the patient’s projected coronavirus unless drastic action is taken. social distance and isolation will slow its spread. Here is why that will save lives.
LA Department of Public Works still operates sweep the street, but the street sweeping in residential areas.
LA public transit keep on truckin ‘.
On March 18, and on a normal schedule, according to department officials. That includes DASH and Commuter Express bus, along with senior shuttle service and on-demand (but the electric car-sharing). LADOT currently evaluating the situation “daily,” spokesman Colin Sweeney us.
L.A. Metro also runs regular services for the working day, “essential workers, and those who need to access important resources.” However, the prevailing message is: “”
Here’s a scene elsewhere in the public transport:
Lime and has suspended service throughout California ,
, and Direct previously said they have increased cleaning and disinfection respectively scooters and e-bikes. They also encourage motorists to clean scooters and e-bikes handle with disinfectant wipes before and after riding.
cities and leaders of the county was announced at a press conference on March 12, the change is framed as a precautionary measure designed to protect the public and the most vulnerable among us.
The new protocol include:
Los Angeles Superior Court Presiding Judge Kevin C. Brazile announced March 16 that during the three days since for coronavirus. The High Court is already scaling back, but this is a full stop.
If you live in L.A. County, you are covered for now. There is a county-wide eviction moratorium is valid until May 31 (retroactive to March 4).
The order for nonpayment of lease, late fees, and related costs due to loss of business or household income caused by COVID-19.
This applies to all evictions no errors other than “necessary for health and safety reasons,” according to LA County Supervisor Hilda Solis, who made the announcement in 17 Mar press conference.
But keep in mind it is an extension, do not hire forgiveness. The order in which to say you will be expected to pay the rent within six months of the ending sequence.
On March 18, LA Mayor Eric Garcetti given to him by the city charter in order to provide special assistance for the homeless population.
strength he cites known as, the size of which gives the mayor the ability to move the city to fight against an employee. crisis, including to house homeless
Garcetti put down some steps the town will take to improve the opening of emergency shelters, including:
Garcetti said the city will follow the social distancing the guidelines required by health officials the community and not try to house more people in the shelter than they can contain.
All are measures that are designed to stop or slow the spread of infectious diseases. Here’s how they differ, in accordance with and
On March 13, President Trump announced at a press conference that will be available within a month, including in . drive-thru test site
on the same day, the Department of Health and Human Services announced that it would fund two companies: DIASORIN Molecular and QIAGEN. DIASORIN tests, the department said in the press release, could be ready in six weeks; QIAGEN can be ready in 12 weeks.
The president also announced that Google will direct people to test location.
However, according to a tweet that followed, the Lo (a division of parent company Google), not Google, who build things. And it builds is a tool for triage assistance to COVID-19 testing in the Bay Area. The company said it was in the early stages of development.
On March 12, Dr. Barbara Ferrer, director of the LA County Department of Public Health, announced that the lab LA County tested 100 people over the previous week and a half.
There is a significant backlog – “we are inundated,” he said, and people are encouraged to use commercial laboratories that have recently started offering the test. commercial labs have tested 120 people so far in this area.
This county in the process of applying to the Food and Drug Administration for testing a drive-thru.
LA The public health authorities make recommendations to the local health providers on 11 March that laboratory testing is restricted to those with a “” based on exposure or travel history.
Providers have been encouraged by the LA Department of Health for when evaluating people for COVID-19
Here -. the combination of the “clinical picture” and “Risk Factors Epidemiology” -. for the LA County Department of Health Laboratory in society, on 11 March
Fever * or * signs / symptoms of lower respiratory (eg, cough, shortness of breath) ANd Everyone (including health workers) are in 14 days prior to the onset of symptoms has a close relationship with laboratory-confirmed suspects COVID- 19 patients.
Cold * and * signs / symptoms of a lower respiratory disease (eg cough, shortness of breath) ANd Each healthworkers without an alternative diagnosis (for example, a panel of respiratory molecule negative)
Cold * and * signs / symptoms of respiratory disease were lower by the public (such as coughing or shortness of breath) requires hospitalization AND the history of the geographic area affected by * in the last 14 days before the onset of symptoms * or * radiographic findings compatible with pneumonia and no alternative diagnosis
Part of a group of 2 or more cases of acute respiratory illness in a period of 72 hours Gathered aNd living arrangements with the majority of older adults and people with comorbid medical conditions (eg, skilled-nursing facilities, assisted senior living facilities, homeless shelters)
this evaluation and test strategies will ,, ” reassess and possibly revised, “in case” the transmission of the public. ”
President Trump insists on press conference in 13 Mar that officials do not want people to take the test.
The CDC says to contact with questions about the test.
You can be contagious up to 14 days, according to Dr. Shruti Gohil, University of California Irvine Medical Center.
However, Gohil said, since asymptomatic carriers may not know when Day 1 is, it is “encouraging to know … their ability to spread the disease much less than those who are active symptoms.”
Unless you have a collective bargaining agreement or contract, the employer can change employee work hours without notice. You also may be asked to stay at home if a government agency requires non-essential businesses to close temporarily.
If you have been asked to self-quarantine for you or family members are sick, you should have the right to use your sick time for at least part of it, although your employer can not force you to do so.
California Department of Labor Standards Enforcement (DLSE) have more answers related to.
In California, there is now a source of extended unemployment because COVID-19. If you have to stop while working, because the hours are cut, unpaid leave, or termination due to a coronavirus. for the services provided.
There is also the possibility of the federal government. But that’s it.
“There is no evidence to support the transmission of COVID-19 related to food,” according to the words but could live virus surface. To reduce the risk, contact-less go when getting food delivered.
In any application you use (or on the phone) to ask the driver to leave food outside your door. You may have to leave a message for your records.
Once you bring it in, put the food in your own dishes, dispose of the packaging and wash your hands for 20 seconds before eating.
And the good end.
We have examined in a number of contexts, the last time working on.
We know the people, but we also know that most people are not trained to use them, especially in high stress situations. And (even for men).
With a gun in the house, you are more likely to than use them properly to defend themselves. And while you’re here imagining what you might need to defend against, keep in mind that people.
“We tend to come together as human beings and to work together and help each other,” sociologist Joseph Trainor told us earlier. During an earthquake, for example, it’s much more likely you will be compared by the emergency response team, according to the US Geological Survey.
L.A. County Sheriff Alex Villanueva take: “buy weapons is a bad idea.” And “in particular, now you have a lot of people at home,” he said during a press conference on March 16. “Cabin fever sets. You have the bustling neighborhood … Weapons are not a good mix.”
There may also be anxiety, depression, existential fear, or to navigate as the pandemic evolves and play out.
Here’s more on.
mer (Middle East Respiratory Syndrome) and SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome) are the two members of the coronavirus family that tends to make people sick. “About 3 or 4 out of every 10 patients are reported to have died mer,” according to the CDC. And is responsible for the global pandemic of 2002-2003 that killed 774 people.
“The new coronavirus is genetically related to the SARS mer,” said Dr. Messonnier.
But scientists do not yet know whether the novel coronavirus would act in the same way as SARS or mer; they use information from both pathogens to guide their research.
Dr. Messonnier said the novel coronavirus “does not look like it might be somewhat similar to the coronavirus bat.” But he said researchers need to do more genetic sequencing before he can be sure how the virus began.
Some researchers think the new coronavirus may have been transmitted to humans. But we just do not know for sure yet.
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Robert Garrova , Paul Glickman, Lisa Brenner, Megan Erwin, Brian Frank, Megan Garvey, Kyle Stokes, Adriene Hill, Mike Roe, Matt Tinoco, Stephanie Ritoper, Elly Yu, Libby Denkmann, Elina Shatkin, Ryan Fonseca, and Jacob Margolis contributed to this story , tens
This story has been updated times as news continues to break on this national emergency. It was originally published on January 28, 2020.
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