Dr. Alice Kuo Discusses The SoCal Pediatricians' Call For Schools To Reopen


After seeing their lowest daily case count in months, California officials are now urging residents to continue practicing coronavirus protocols -- which means staying away from Super Bowl parties...

Health and Human Services Secretary Mark Ghaly says he fears Super Bowl viewing parties could spark another outbreak in California – especially now that statewide lockdown orders have been rescinded.

“As I’ve said before, you give COVID an inch and it will take a mile,” Ghaly said. “So, don’t fumble this, we’re almost there.”

Over the past two weeks, California has seen a 29 percent drop in hospitalizations, state data reveals. And just yesterday, health officials reported 12,000 new cases of COVID-19, marking California’s lowest daily count since before the Thanksgiving surge.

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On the school side of things, a regional affiliate of the American Academy of Pediatrics just announced that they believe all L.A.-area schools need to be reopened, immediately...

“A large majority of the 1.5 million students in L.A. County has not been physically in a classroom in nearly a year,” said the statement from Southern California Chapter 2 of the academy. “This sad consequence of the pandemic should be addressed immediately with the reopening of schools.”

On Wednesday, Gary and Shannon got to speak with Dr. Alice Kuo, an Associate Professor of Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, and Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences at UCLA, and of Health Policy and Management in the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health. Listen to the interview below:

Read more about the pediatricians' call for L.A. schools to reopen on the Los Angeles Times.