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For Immediate Release:

April 20, 2020

Lead Scientists in USC-LA County Study to Discuss Early Results of Groundbreaking Antibody Testing of Select Cases in LA County: Evidence Suggests COVID-19 Cases Higher than Previously Estimated

Los Angeles (April 20, 2020) – USC and the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (Public Health) today will release preliminary results from a collaborative scientific study that suggests infections from the new coronavirus are far more widespread – and the fatality rate much lower — in L.A. County than previously thought.

The results are from the first round of an ongoing study by USC researchers and Public Health officials. They will be conducting antibody testing over time on a series of representative samples of adults to determine the scope and spread of the pandemic across the county.

Lead scientists will be available for an in-depth discussion and to answer questions related to this important research.

Monday, April 20, 2020 at 2:30 p.m.

Live via WebEx. Click: to register and join via computer or smart phone. When prompted, enter the information requested and the event password: DPH-USC

Dr. Narooj Sood, Professor & Senior Fellow
USC Price School for Public Policy USC Schaeffer Center for Health Policy and Economics

Dr. Paul Simon, Chief Science Officer LA County Department of Public Health

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