Coronavirus Daily

Coronavirus Daily

From KTLA 5 News in Los Angeles, Coronavirus Daily is your go-to source for the latest news regarding the COVID-19 pandemic. Producer Bobby Gonzalez and reporter Christina Pascucci break down the day's headlines, talk with doctors and medical experts, and give you the information you need to know to stay informed and healthy.... Show More

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May 29, 2020 13 min

The state is beginning to reopen. Over the last few weeks, in-store retail shopping, places of worship, and even restaurant dining rooms are once again welcoming patrons in communities across the state of California. Some counties are even beginning to move into the early stages of phase 3 of the state's roadmap towards reopening. Many residence are thrilled to return to move towards a more normal way of life, but is it too soo...

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May 22, 2020 10 min

As we head closer towards the summer months, the itch to get outside and enjoy our beautiful state might be getting more noticeable. Much to the delight of those who may be experiencing some cabin fever, more and more state parks and beaches are now open for people to enjoy new safety requirements. Now, National Parks are getting closer to reopening as well. Christina speaks with Trey Matheu of the Oasis at Death Valley, a hospital...

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May 21, 2020 25 min

We’re doing something pretty different on the podcast today. Now that we’re a few months into stay-at-home orders, you may find yourself not feeling 100% mentally and physically. Thursday, May 21st happens to be World Meditation Day. Christina is speaking with Shaman Durek, a 6th generation shaman and author. His teachings have impacted thousands of people, from diverse public figures like Nina Dobrev and Gwyneth Paltrow, to tech g...

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Today on the podcast, christina pascucci is hitting the streets of Long Beach to find out more about a possible new solutions to helping out restaurants that have been battered by restrictions put in place because of COVID-19. The “Open Streets Initiative” would allow restaurants, bars, and cafes to take over parts of streets and parking lots to use for outdoor dining. Christina trekked over to Long Beach Coffee & Tea to chat w...

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May 19, 2020 13 min

May is Mental Health Awareness Month. There’s perhaps no better time to be check in on your mental health than in the midst of a global pandemic. Many of us are feeling some sort of stress in these unprecedented times, whether it be physical, financial, or psychological. Today, Christina is talking with Diana Linn. Diana is an experienced marriage and family therapist and is skilled in trauma recovery work. She spoke with Christina...

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May 18, 2020 16 min

Drew Binsky is a world traveler and daily video maker who has been to 191 countries and has over 5 million social media followers. He tells compelling stories about people and culture, with a goal to spread positivity and shatter stereotypes. Due to COVID-19, Drew’s adventures around the world have come to a halt as he was looking to visit his final 6 countries while shooting a documentary. Still, because of his high profile in the...

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May 15, 2020 10 min

Los Angeles County health officials are concerned about a new cluster of COVID-19 cases in the San Fernando Valley. They report that the Silverado Calabasas Memory Care Community has had six deaths linked to the disease, and more than 40 cases among hospital and associates. Families members of residents of the facility have major concerns about how the outbreak is being addressed and communicated, noting that it has been difficult ...

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May 14, 2020 17 min

Recent comments made by Los Angeles County Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer sent Los Anegles into a panic after it seemed she suggested safer-at-home orders would be extended for the next three months. Later that day, L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti appeared on CNN to walk back and clear up some of the confusion regarding her statement. Christina Pascucci spoke with Dr. Marc Eckstein about his perspective on the economic shutdown and...

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May 13, 2020 20 min

Stress and anxiety surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic are changing sleep patterns and negatively affecting the quality of sleep for people around the country. Today we hear from Dr. Michael Breus, the Sleep Doctor, who shares useful tips to help get a better night's rest. Dr. Breus breaks down the bad habits many have fallen into during stay-at-home orders that could be impacting your sleep. He also explains why many people are ...

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As the state moves closer towards phase 3 of reopening amid the COVID-19 pandemic, many workers are beginning to think about their inevitable return to the office. How can building owners and employers ensure employee safety in a time where there is still no vaccine? Experts say employees should be expect a myriad of changes in the workplace. Christina speaks with Jennifer Frisk & Ryan Harding of Newmark Knight Frank, a global ...

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May 11, 2020 9 min

Catholic Big Brothers Big Sisters is mentoring program that makes life changing matches between an adult volunteer and a young person. The one-to-one mentoring model has been affected drastically by the coronavirus and the restrictions that have been placed on our daily interactions. Christina speaks with Stefanie, a "Big Sister" in the program, about how she is continuing to make a meaningful impact in this time of physica...

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May 8, 2020 22 min

As the state slowly begins to reopen, many who have upcoming or rescheduled weddings may be wondering how to proceed with planning their big day. In a world where social distancing is now the norm, how will intimate gatherings and events like weddings be affected in the future? Christina, who is getting married in September, speaks with wedding and events planner Amy Grace Collins about how things may unfold in the months ahead. Am...

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May 7, 2020 13 min

As the graduating class of 2020 approaches the end of their high school career, the COVID-19 pandemic has put an end to any promise of a traditional graduation ceremony. Now, districts and schools are trying to devise ways to recognize students' academic achievements, while still obeying social distancing guidelines. Christina Pascucci speaks with Knight High School graduating senior Damian Jeffries about a fun idea he presente...

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May 6, 2020 12 min

California Governor Gavin Newsom recently came under fire for closing beaches in Orange County due to overcrowding, inciting protests and lawsuits. Yet, just a few days later, San Clemente and Laguna Beach were allowed to reopen after reaching agreements with state officials on new protocols and procedures. Christina spoke with Laguna Beach Mayor Bob Whalen about the beach closure, and details about how the beach was eventually al...

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May 5, 2020 23 min

Today, Christina talks to a man who is used to thriving in unusual environments. Dr. Scott Parazynski is a physician, author, tech CEO, and astronaut. He has also lived and adventured all over the world, and summited Mt. Everest. Recently, the COVID-19 outbreak hit very close to home for Scott, as both his parents were diagnosed with the disease. Scott shares some of the details of that experience. He also talks about the importanc...

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May 4, 2020 14 min

Travel blogger Alyssa Ramos recently ditched her apartment in Los Angeles to fulfill a dream of moving to Barcelona, Spain. Just ten days after arriving, the city was placed under strict home confinement orders due to COVID-19, and Alyssa was unable to leave her home for nearly 50 days. Alyssa shares her experience with the lock down in Spain, and her perspective on the situation in the United States.

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May 1, 2020 15 min

As part of his 4-phase plan to begin reopening the state, Governer Gavin Newsom suggested the possibility that schools could begin allowing students and faculty back on campus to begin classes as early as July. Christina spoke with Los Angeles County Superintendent of Schools Debra Duardo about the announcement, and what preparations and resources are needed to continue classroom education effectively and safely. She also addresses...

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April 30, 2020 19 min

This week, it was announced that the drug remdesivir, an antiviral medication developed by Gilead Sciences, had proven effective against COVID-19 in a major study. The drug was found to cut the time of patient recovery by an average of 4 days. Dr. Anthony Fauci has said that remdesivir will set a new "standard of care" for treatment of COVID-19. To learn more about the drug and the results of the study, Christina speaks wit...

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April 29, 2020 16 min

The COVID-19 pandemic is often drawing comparison to the 1918 influenza pandemic (The Spanish Flu). While the 1918 flu pandemic had a far more devastating global impact than it appears COVID-19 will have, looking back at history reveals just how similarly the world of the past and the world of the the present have responded to our respective outbreaks. Ventura resident and historian Cynthia Thompson has been digging into the past t...

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April 28, 2020 7 min

While more COVID-19 testing sites continue to emerge around Los Angeles County and neighboring areas, most are only offering tests to those who are exhibiting symptoms, frontline health care workers, or those who are considered high risk. In Carson, California, however, a new drive-up testing site will administer free testing for all residents, city employees, and anyone else who books an appointment regardless of whether they are ...

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