Why does California have low COVID-19 numbers in the US drama? – Telemundo 52

LOS ANGELES – Early confinement and other prevention measures promoted by the state government have allowed California, with more than 40 million inhabitants and some 300 deaths from COVID-19, to become an example of how to deal with the coronavirus pandemic in United States.

So far, the nation’s largest metropolis, Los Angeles, with more than 10 million citizens, has recorded fewer than 6,000 cases and 132 deaths, far from New York City, which has 8 and a half million inhabitants. and it has confirmed some 130,000 infections and more than 4,000 deaths.

“California has been doing quite well in the COVID-19 pandemic, with a relatively low number of infected per 100,000 people and a low death rate,” said Professor Karin Michels, head of the Department of Epidemiology at the School of Public Health, University of California Los Angeles (UCLA).

PRECAUTIONARY MEASURES

California Governor Gavin Newsom was one of the first in the country to enact relatively strict confinement, allowing only “essential” activities such as going to the grocery store and pharmacy, and exercising respect for safety distances between people.

In contrast, eight states – Arkansas, Iowa, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, South Carolina, Utah, and Wyoming – have not mandated their residents to stay home.

“The governor issued ‘home security’ and ‘shelter’ orders relatively quickly. Universities like UCLA and other large employers closed even earlier and sent people to work, teach and study from home,” said Michels, who has extensive experience in disease prevention, public health and statistical methods.

Due to the COVID-19 crisis, California schools may continue to be closed until the end of August.

Newsom also took the initiative to decree the closure of schools, which will remain closed until next year, as a preventive measure; in asking President Donald Trump to send a hospital ship to Los Angeles to support local hospitals before it reached a hypothetical peak in the number of cases, which has not yet occurred; and in closing the state’s beaches and parks.

Another point that seems to have helped so far in the exceptional case of California against COVID-19, according to experts, is the low population density of the state, which reduces the possibility of contagion and allows better compliance with the rules of social distancing.

“TO
 Despite having a large population, Californians do not live in
as dense as New Yorkers. Cities spread with
Few skyscrapers: Relative to other states, many more people in
 California lives in houses, not in apartment buildings or buildings
high, “summarizes Michels, who is based on data from a study of his
college.

YOUNG PEOPLE, LESS DEATHS PER CAPITA

California has had a much lower per capita death rate than most of the nation’s largest states, with the exception of Texas.

“The state has a low average age and a high
density of healthcare facilities, which may have contributed to
 the low mortality rate, “explained Michels.

According to a recent study published in The Lancet, the mortality rate among those infected with 20 years of age is 0.03%, while for those 70 years of age it is 8.6%.

Cautious tone

The
 Californian authorities have projected alarming numbers in the
recent weeks, although so far those estimates have not been
compliment.

Newsom himself foresaw two weeks ago that more than half the state’s population, or about 25 million people, would become infected, so he begged its residents to follow the guidelines to the letter.

For his part, the mayor of Los Angeles, Eric Garcetti, did not hesitate to forecast that the city “would follow in the footsteps of New York” in number of cases, a catastrophic scenario that is still far away.

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The United States on Monday exceeded 10,000 deaths from coronavirus, with 10,335 and almost 350,000 infected, making it the third country with the most deaths after Italy and Spain, according to the count of the Center for Systems, Science and Engineering (CSSE) from Johns Hopkins University (Maryland).

The new data is known after this Sunday
President Donald Trump, during his usual daily press conference,
make sure “this will probably be the hardest week, between this
week and next, and there will be a lot of death. ”

The state of New York, the great epicenter of the pandemic in the United States, accumulates with these latest figures a total of 4,758 deaths and 130,689 confirmed cases of COVID-19, compared to just over 122,000 that it had a day earlier.

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High schools, universities reveal reimbursement fees, credit policies – NBC 7 San Diego

With most university campuses closed and many students returning home, families are looking for details of possible reimbursements or school credits, as well as reimbursement policies related to campus accommodation and catering costs.

The University of San Diego offers proportionate reimbursements for room and board expenses, parking permit fees and its fee for the Student Life Pavilion, but the USD student government group will not reimburse the tuition fee for college students. The group instead decided to use that money “to provide support to students with financial needs who have been affected” by the closure of the campus.

USD administrators also offer a 60% refund for students who withdraw from university by March 20. The university published the details of its “financial arrangements” for families on its website.

Max Chan, a graduate of the Canyon Crest Academy now in his first year at the University of Southern California, was forced to return home after the coronavirus epidemic. Her father, former NBC7 reporter Chris Chan, said that USC does not offer refunds or credits for the fall semester lessons because Max and other students are attending the spring lessons online.

“It’s hard to argue, say,” Well, it’s only 60 or 70 percent worth, “and ask for that money back or ask for a discount,” said Chris Chan.

But the Chan family is relieved that USC, like the USD, will offer them a proportional discount for Max’s unused dormitory rent and meal plan.

In Cal State San Marcos, classes also continue online, starting March 20. The university does not offer tuition refunds. Students who live on campus have the option to cancel the housing contract without penalty if they decide to move from campus. CSUSM spokesman Eric Breier told NBC 7, however, that campus housing remains open “for residents who would like to stay.” The CSUSM website contains detailed information on its housing policy, as well as notifications on the cancellation of campus events and general information on the impact of the coronavirus on the San Marcos campus.

In contrast, UCSD administrators are “strongly urging” students to leave La Jolla campus “as soon as possible, but no later than March 29th”. School officials said students who cannot return home should have enough room for “effective social removal”. Students who leave the campus by the deadline of March 29 will receive a full refund of housing costs for the spring quarter, UCSD spokeswoman Leslie Sepuka said.

Sepuka said, however, that, “in line with the president’s UC office guide”, there will be no tax refunds or contributions because “the campus remains operational” with virtual and alternative learning methods.

San Diego state administrators have published detailed information on reimbursements, credits and lesson status on the university’s website. An SDSU spokesman urged students and their families to check his coronavirus information page frequently, “since we are updating it several times a day.”

Many local families also hope for refunds or credits for school trips to the east coast and around the world that have been canceled due to the pandemic.

Peter Schwarz said the travel company that canceled a $ 3,400 trip to the East Coast planned for his son’s middle school class offers a full refund, minus their $ 250 deposit. He said families also the possibility of withholding the refund, in the hope that the trip will be rescheduled.

After talking to other parents, Schwarz decided to decline the refund offered.

“Hopefully they will continue to offer that refund,” said Schwarz. “This was the only thing that was a little vague in their communication. Do we have to take the refund now and we won’t receive it later? It’s unclear.”

At least one family, however, is taking legal action in San Diego against the organizers of an exchange program for US students. In a lawsuit filed on March 11, the student is contesting the tour group’s alleged refusal to refund the full $ 3,800 cost of the program. The student’s attorneys also want a judge to declare the company’s contract inapplicable and “inconceivable”. That lawsuit could last for months, however, as California courts essentially closed local courts and filed civil cases during the pandemic.

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Huge 3km Asteroid will pass near Earth – Telemundo Puerto Rico

No, it will not impact the Earth and will not have any effect on our planet. But both astronomers and sky enthusiasts are attentive to the slight approach of the huge asteroid 52768 (1998 OR2), a space rock whose size is estimated between 1.8 and 4.1 kilometers in diameter.

The greatest approach occurs on April 29, 2020, but several observatories are already observing it, while it was assured that from the Island they will be observing it, since when pointing a telescope towards the right place and time, the asteroid 52768 can be appreciated looking like an apparent star moving “very slowly,” said the Caribbean Astronomy Society (SAC).

The educational entity clarified there is no risk of impact of this asteroid, since the space rock would be passing 16 times the Earth-Moon distance. However, its large size will make it easier to see it with optical help.

This is considered a “Potentially Dangerous Asteroid,” but only because it occasionally approaches the Earth-Moon distance less than 20 times, and because of its large size. Even so, there is no risk since its orbit has been calculated for at least the next 200 years, and its trajectory does not represent any danger.

The Arecibo Observatory will be studying asteroid 52768 between April 8 and 24, 2020, as space rock travels at a speed of 19,461 miles per hour (31,320 km / h), that is, 8.7 km per second.

The radar images that will be obtained from Arecibo will allow us to better understand the shape and size of this space rock. Asteroid 52768 belongs to a class or type of space rocks called “Love” and it is anticipated that after April 2020, it would be returning to the vicinity of our planet on April 16, 2079, when it will pass 4.6 times the Earth-distance Moon.

Of all the approaches of large “Near-Earth Objects” that occur less than 5 lunar distances, that of asteroid 52768 (1998 OR2) would be that of the largest known space rock in approaching Earth during the next two hundred years , highlighted the SAC.

The organization that has put thousands of people to look to the sky urged to visit the portal www.SociedadAstronomia.com as well as Facebook.com/sociedad.astronomia as they will hold events free of charge to observe Asteroid 52768 through the telescopes of the educational entity.

Asteroid 52768 (1998 OR2) was discovered on July 24, 1998 from the Haleakala Observatory in Hawaii.

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