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Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19)


Graphic of COVID-19 cells over Los Angeles

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If you live in the greater Los Angeles area, there is a wealth of information that may be useful to you and your family. A good place to start is with Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti’s “Keeping Los Angeles Safe” website. This is a lot of information available, as well as links to read the Mayor’s stay at home orders, registering for COVID-19 testing, and much more. To read more, click here!

As of May 8th, 912,570 tests have been conducted in California and reported to the California Department of Public Health. These numbers include data from commercial, private and academic labs, including Quest, LabCorp, Kaiser, University of California and Stanford, and the 25 state and county health labs currently testing. The Department is now reporting all tests reported in California, rather than the total number of individuals tested.

Infographic: New Surge in U.S. COVID-19 Cases | Statista You will find more infographics at Statista


Discovered in late 2019, the novel coronavirus is officially named SARS-CoV-2. The disease caused by SARS-CoV-2 is officially named COVID-19 (for COronaVIrus Disease 2019). Coronaviruses belong to a family known as Coronaviridae, and under an electron microscope they look like spiked rings. They’re named for these spikes, which form a halo or “crown” (corona is Latin for crown) around their viral envelope.

The virus appears to have originated in Wuhan, a Chinese city about 650 miles south of Beijing that has a population of more than 11 million people. The Huanan Seafood Wholesale Market, which sells fish, as well as a panoply of meat from other animals, including bats, snakes and pangolins, was implicated in the spread in early January. The market was closed on January 1, 2020. NOTE: Despite conspiracy theorists, there is no evidence that the virus was developed in a lab.

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