Posts Tagged ‘COVID-19’

November 19th, 2020

Five lessons we’ve learned about COVID-19 since the pandemic began

Less than a year since the pandemic began, two potential vaccine candidates are on the horizon. Even as the COVID-19 pandemic continues its deadly march, one thing is clear: Scientific understanding of the new coronavirus and advances in fighting it have progressed with stunning speed. Here are five key things we’ve learned about COVID-19 since […]

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October 27th, 2020

Los Angeles city and county officials join USC Schaeffer to launch COVID-19 rapid testing pilot

Project will explore use of rapid testing among first responders and school-aged children CONTACT: Leigh Hopper, or (310) 308-0405 *TV producers and assignment editors may email Andrea Garcia,, to receive video footage and photos after the event.  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 27, 2020 LOS ANGELES — Researchers at the University of Southern California (USC) Schaeffer Center for Health […]

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September 11th, 2020

Staying afloat in a pandemic

American businesses and workers trying to weather the COVID-19 storm are facing financial and legal danger as the pandemic drags on, straining relationships between companies and employees. Supply chain ruptures have created bare shelves for retailers while layoffs are putting an unknown number of workers at risk for bankruptcy. Working from home, once an aspiration […]

September 10th, 2020

As fires rage, climate change is back on the election agenda

Contact: Jenesse Miller 213-810-8554 or This was supposed to be the year when climate change finally became a priority for U.S. voters. And then the world, and the 2020 election, was rocked by the COVID-19 pandemic. Dealing with climate change took a backseat to facing down a new existential threat. Now, as wildfires rage unchecked across California and […]

August 31st, 2020

1 in 5 Tenants in LA Has Struggled with Rent During Pandemic, Study Finds

A UCLA-USC study of census data shows thousands of L.A. renters are at risk of eviction when the California eviction moratorium expires on Tuesday, Sept. 1; tens of thousands more are in deep financial trouble.  Contact: Emily Gersema, or (213) 712-3168; Julie Labich, or (323) 219-4464 Twenty-two percent of Los Angeles County tenants paid rent late at […]

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August 3rd, 2020

Wave of housing and economic consequences loom as eviction bans expire

Contact: Ron Mackovich, Evictions were widely prohibited during the early part of the pandemic. Now, federal, state and local moratoriums that keep non-paying renters from being kicked out are expiring. Their future is uncertain. In California, where a housing crisis predated the pandemic, the situation is now critical. More than 60% of L.A. County […]

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July 30th, 2020

As coronavirus spreads, health officials weigh pooled testing

Contact: Leigh Hopper,, (310) 308-0405 or Stephanie Hedt,, (213) 821-4555 The United States is testing more than 750,000 people for COVID-19 every day, with demand even higher across states like Arizona, California, Florida and Texas due to a spike in infections. One possible solution is pooled testing in which health officials test small groups — or “pools”– of people for the coronavirus with […]

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July 27th, 2020

USC Marshall, Wharton Researchers Team with Entrepreneurs and Policy Makers to Help Reopen Greek Economy

Contact: Emily Gersema, or (213) 712-3168; or Matthew Simmons, or (202) 277-4890 A multi-disciplinary team of researchers, entrepreneurs, and policy makers announced an AI-based project, nicknamed “Eva,” that uses data to support decision-making by the Greek government as it reopens the tourist industry vital to its economy amid the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic. Kimon […]

June 4th, 2020

Anxiety and depression associated with COVID-19 peaked in early April – but then declined

New results from USC Dornsife’s Understanding Coronavirus in America Study show even those who lost jobs experienced a steady decrease in mental distress throughout May. L.A. County residents reported higher levels of anxiety and depression than the rest of the country. Feelings of loneliness have increased and are highest among young adults and those who […]

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