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COVID in L.A.
COVID in L.A.
COVID in L.A.
The daily COVID-19 update from KPCC and LAist, hosted by AirTalk's Larry Mantle.

About the Show

Since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, we've had a daily segment on AirTalk devoted to bringing you the latest information about COVID-19, vaccines, and how the virus and pandemic have affected the lives of Southern Californians from the doctors, nurses, epidemiologists, and other medical professionals fighting the virus on the frontlines. In each episode of this podcast, we’ll speak with one of the experts on our rotating panel of guests who share their expertise with us each day.

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Episodes
  • COVID in L.A.
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    January 21, 2022 – Studies Show Boosters Protect Best Against Omicron, L.A. County Sees Deadliest Day Since March 2021
    In our continuing series looking at the latest medical research and news on COVID-19, Larry Mantle speaks with registered nurse and professor of nursing and public health at UCLA, Kristen R. Choi. Topics today include: C.D.C. studies show boosters provide the best protection against the Omicron variant. Post-infection immunity was very effective against Delta, but C.D.C. says vaccines still offer the best defense. L.A. County reports 102 coronavirus deaths on Thursday, the deadliest pandemic day since March 2021. Coronavirus transmission rates are falling across California. Fauci says the F.D.A. could authorize Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine for kids under 5 in the next month. UCSF scientists detect anomalies in people with post-COVID “brain fog”. Europe considers new COVID-19 strategy: Accepting the virus. L.A. schools see coronavirus rates decline. This program is made possible in part by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, a private corporation funded by the American people.
  • COVID in L.A.
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    January 20, 2022 – Test Result Timelines, Breakthrough Infections, Latest On Hospital Conditions
    In our continuing series looking at the latest medical research and news on COVID-19, Larry Mantle speaks with infectious diseases physician and professor of medicine at UCSF Dr. Monica Gandhi. Topics today include: C.D.C. says post-infection immunity was very effective against Delta, but vaccines still offer the best defense. Omicron leaves testing labs overwhelmed, causing frustrating delays to get results. Even as Omicron starts to ease in California, hospitals facing grim conditions. California approaches pandemic record for all hospitalizations. Why are men more likely to die of COVID-19? It’s complicated. Can vaccinated people who get a breakthrough infection start living like it’s 2019? As L.A. schools backtrack on COVID vaccine, dozens more districts push to mandate it. This program is made possible in part by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, a private corporation funded by the American people.
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  • COVID in L.A.
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    January 6, 2022 – California Extends Mask Mandate, C.D.C. Approves Pfizer Booster For Kids 12 And Up
    In our continuing series looking at the latest medical research and news on COVID-19, Larry Mantle speaks with Dr. Shruti Gohil, professor of medicine and associate medical director for epidemiology and infection prevention at UC Irvine’s School of Medicine. Topics today include: California extends statewide indoor masking requirement to February 15. L.A. County Public Health adds additional masking requirement for indoor employees. C.D.C. approves Pfizer booster shots for kids 12 and older. L.A. County will start administering them today. COVID-19 hospitalizations among U.S. children soar. Schools encounter problems finding enough COVID-19 tests. Confusion over California’s COVID-19 hospitalization numbers. Possible allergic reactions to vaccines. What we know about the new IHU variant. This program is made possible in part by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, a private corporation funded by the American people.
  • COVID in L.A.
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    January 5, 2022 – Coronavirus Cases Surge, First Case of “Flurona,” How Omicron Should Affect Our Behavior
    In our continuing series looking at the latest medical research and news on COVID-19, Larry Mantle speaks with infectious diseases doctor and professor of medicine at UCSF Dr. Monica Gandhi. Topics today include: The next few weeks are “absolutely critical” as coronavirus cases explode in California. “Unprecedented surge” in COVID-19 cases among L.A. police, firefighters. L.A.’s first case of flurona discovered at Getty Center COVID-19 testing site. Omicron appears to be milder -- how should that affect our behavior? Free at-home COVID-19 tests are available in L.A. County but supplies are limited. L.A. healthcare system hit with widening staffing shortages as workers get coronavirus. The C.D.C. resists pushback and says a test to get out of COVID isolation isn’t needed. White House embraces a manage-not-contain Omicron plan. Fourth Pfizer dose spurs a sharp jump in antibodies, according to early data from Israel. How safe are indoor gyms during the Omicron surge? Study finds developmental lag in babies born during the pandemic. This program is made possible in part by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, a private corporation funded by the American people.
  • COVID in L.A.
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    January 4, 2022 – U.S. Sets Record With 1 Million New Cases Monday, L.A. Unified Requires Testing Before Classes Resume
    In our continuing series looking at the latest medical research and news on COVID-19, Larry Mantle speaks with Dr. Sam Torbati, co-chair of the department of emergency medicine at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Topics today include: L.A. County COVID hospitalizations near 2,000 mark as surge rages on. New coronavirus cases nearly double in Riverside County, hitting 11,639 in past week. Why so many vaccinated people are getting infected. OC’s COVID-19 cases up, hospitals busy – but we’re in better shape than earlier surges, experts say. L.A. Unified orders COVID testing before school resumes amid high Omicron anxiety. U.S. sets COVID global daily record of over 1 million new cases on Monday. The unique, ambitious study that the California Public Health Department hopes will beef up its antibody database. Starbucks imposes COVID-19 vaccination, testing requirements for U.S. workers. Omicron evades immunity better than Delta, per Danish study. The Atlantic: “Stop wasting COVID tests, people”. This program is made possible in part by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, a private corporation funded by the American people.
  • COVID in L.A.
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    January 3, 2022 – L.A. County’s Transmission Rate Highest Since Early Pandemic Days, F.D.A. OKs Pfizer Booster For Kids 12 to 15
    In our continuing series looking at the latest medical research and news on COVID-19, Larry Mantle speaks with Dr. Peter Chin-Hong, M.D., infectious disease specialist and professor of medicine at the UCSF Medical Center. Topics today include: L.A. County reports nearly 45,000 new COVID-19 cases over the holiday weekend. L.A. County coronavirus transmission rate at highest point since early months of pandemic. Health officials plead with L.A. County residents to ‘act responsibly’. L.A. County public, private school staff must wear high-grade masks; rules for athletes tighten. F.D.A. expands Pfizer booster eligibility to kids 12 to 15. COVID-19 vaccines rarely lead to problems in younger children, according to two C.D.C. reports. C.D.C. says ‘avoid cruise travel, regardless of vaccination status’. How this pandemic has left us less prepared for the next one. Fauci: C.D.C. mulling COVID-19 test requirement for the asymptomatic. More people are getting unapproved fourth vaccine doses. This program is made possible in part by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, a private corporation funded by the American people.
  • COVID in L.A.
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    December 23, 2021 – FDA Authorizes Merck’s Pill, Changing Definition Of “Fully Vaccinated,”
    In our continuing series looking at the latest medical research and news on COVID-19, Larry Mantle speaks with Dr. Shruti Gohil professor of medicine and associate medical director for epidemiology and infection prevention at UC Irvine’s School of Medicine. Topics today include: FDA authorizes Merck’s COVID-19 pill, but stresses its use should be limited. Why does the Omicron variant spread so easily? Biden announced 500 million free test at-home test kits, but when will they be available? The changing definition of “fully vaccinated” as Omicron spreads. After the flu virtually disappeared last year, it’s made an unwelcome comeback. Study suggests three doses of China’s Sinovac vaccine fails to protect against Omicron. ‘Staggeringly fast rise’ in L.A. County coronavirus cases triggers alarm. Experts say that Covid-19 is shifting towards becoming an endemic disease. Omicron surge further complicates a year filled with unruly passengers for airlines. Israel considers approving fourth vaccine dose. Israel agreed to trade data on their vaccination efforts in exchange for locking down a supply, now privacy concerns have arisen. As Omicron spreads, older americans are displaying a mix of worry and resolve. California will send at-home tests to K-12 students. This program is made possible in part by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, a private corporation funded by the American people.
  • COVID in L.A.
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    December 22, 2021 – Omicron Cases Rise, Growing Demand For Testing, Concern About Holiday Gatherings
    In our continuing series looking at the latest medical research and news on COVID-19, guest host Austin Cross speaks with UCLA epidemiologist and professor of medicine Dr. Timothy Brewer. Topics today include: Should I change holiday plans due to the Omicron variant and possible surge? Biden to address the nation about the Omicron variant on Tuesday. L.A. County sees highest daily COVID-19 cases since August. Moderna says COVID-19 booster dose works against Omicron variant in lab tests. Is that a sniffle or cold or COVID-19? Most of the world’s vaccines likely won’t prevent infection from Omicron. Affordable coronavirus tests are out there, if you look. Long lines for COVID-19 testing as Omicron variant looms. Omicron may sideline two leading drugs against COVID-19. Latest on Pfizer’s trials for a vaccine for kids under 5. This program is made possible in part by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, a private corporation funded by the American people.
  • COVID in L.A.
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    December 21, 2021 – COVID-19 AMA: Omicron Becomes U.S. Dominant Variant, Free At-Home Tests Planned, And More
    In our continuing series looking at the latest medical research and news on COVID-19, guest host Austin Cross speaks with the director of Infectious Disease and Prevention at Pasadena’s Huntington Hospital Dr. Kimberly Shriner. Topics today include: Multiple nations announce new rules over gatherings and travel ahead of holidays. The Omicron variant now makes up 73% of new cases in the U.S. Biden’s Omicron plan to include 500 million free at-home tests. Tips for staying safe while flying over the holidays. This program is made possible in part by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, a private corporation funded by the American people.
  • COVID in L.A.
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    December 17, 2021 – CDC Panel Says Pfizer, Moderna Shots Recommended Over J&J, Concerns Continue Over Winter Surge
    In our continuing series looking at the latest medical research and news on COVID-19, Larry Mantle speaks with Cedars-Sinai Medical Group Infectious Disease Specialist Dr. Catherine Le. Topics today include: Pfizer and Moderna vaccines should be recommended over J&J, CDC panel says. COVID-19 hospitalizations jump in Southern California as Omicron alarms grow. L.A. County tightens rules for mega events as COVID case numbers rise. Regeneron and AstraZeneca give mixed results on potency of coronavirus antibody cocktails against omicron. Delta, Omicron cases could overwhelm hospitals within weeks. Center Theatre Group’s performance of “A Christmas Carol” on Thursday was canceled over COVID-19 issues. Upcoming UCLA men’s basketball game on Saturday canceled over COVID-19 issues. CDC endorses schools’ coronavirus “test-to-stay” policies. This program is made possible in part by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, a private corporation funded by the American people.
Credits
Larry Mantle
Larry Mantle
Host, AirTalk