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UCLA Study Seeks to Enhance Understanding of COVID-19

An interdisciplinary team at the University of California, Los Angeles, led by the Department of Computational Medicine, is asking people to participate in an online study to help understand how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected local communities. 

“As the COVID-19 continues to spread around the world, many people are feeling anxious and isolated. One of the most pressing challenges is the lack of information. But even in these uncertain times, there is an opportunity for us to join forces to stop COVID-19 together,” states the website https://stopcovid19together.org. 

Part of #TeamLA, the project, which includes a survey created by UCLA Health, aims to collect information that will increase understanding of the pandemic in an effort to stop it. 

The website provides a variety of tools, including the “Coronavirus Risk Assessment.” The self-check tool prompts respondents to answer several yes/no questions about their symptoms, age and other factors. Based on the responses, the tool then recommends next steps. 

“Every individual can and should contribute, and by doing so will be joining our team effort to collect necessary data to stop the pandemic,” the website states. 

Beverly Hills residents should be further advised that starting April 10, all persons must wear face coverings in public. The recent City mandate mirrors that issued by Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti who ordered all residents to wear face coverings when visiting essential businesses starting April 10. The World Health Organization can help you do this safely by visiting https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/advice-for-public/when-and-how-to-use-masks. The Surgeon General has also posted a helpful video on how to create masks:

Pregnant women and those who are breastfeeding can find answers to many questions at https://connect.uclahealth.org/2020/03/05/what-pregnant-women-should-know-about-novel-coronavirus-covid-19/. Parents with questions on how COVID-19 impacts kids can get more information by visiting https://connect.uclahealth.org/2020/03/19/ covid-19-how-the-virus-affects-children-and- those-around-them/. 

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