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Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19)


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If you live in the greater Los Angeles area, there is a wealth of information regarding COVID-19 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!

Through mid-January, more than three million people have been tested and reported POSITIVE for COVID-19 to the California Department of Public Health. More than 20,000 people have died in California. 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. The daily death rate nationally continues to climb, and is now above 3,000 per day. That’s more than one 9/11 attack per day – or put another way, it’s as if 14 Boeing 747s were falling out of the sky daily. If you don’t have urgent business to attend to, or if you are not engaged in work that requires you to be on site, STAY HOME. BE SAFE. With upcoming vaccine options due in the spring, we will see the end of this in 2021, but not taking this pandemic seriously will lead to people dying – and there’s no reason for anyone to pass the disease onto others now that we have a much better understanding of how to reduce the spread.

map showing COVID-19 cases in Southern California.

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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 zero evidence that the virus was developed in a lab.

While much has been learned about the coronavirus and COVID-19 since it was discovered, it remains an elusive and deadly virus and people should take whatever precautions they can to avoid contracting the disease. Unlike a cold or flu, even if you are able to recover at home, the effects of the virus can stay with you for months, or maybe longer.

The use of face masks has been clearly shown to reduce the spread of the coronavirus. As the pandemic is closing in on one year, people are naturally tired of having to take precautions. This is the time when using a face mask, washing your hands, and practicing social distancing is more important than ever. To ensure you’re getting the best possible array of data, check back here often for the latest information.

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