As of right now, L.A. County officials say that there are no coronavirus cases here. As a precaution, guidelines have been posted at hospitals and airports setting forth CDC protocols for dealing with any outbreaks.
“If it happens, it won’t be the end of the world,” said Dr. Laurene Mascola, chief of acute-communicable-disease-control program for the county health department. “It is no more dangerous than other things that happen in L.A. or the world. We might be overcautious by making people stay home for 10 days.”
Around the country, there are 298 suspected cases and 67 probable cases of SARS. Only seven, including two in California, have tested positive for the coronavirus. Worldwide, SARS has killed more than 754 people.
For now, L.A. is no Toronto. But is it luck, or because we’re good?