L.A. Addresses Coronoavirus Myths

Los Angeles County health officials are combatting rapidly spreading misinformation about the new coronavirus.

Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer and Supervisor Hilda Solis are particularly concerned by potential xenophobia, given the virus' Chinese origins. They're also rankled by petitions that have been calling for school closures

“We still only have one case and that one case is a traveler who lives in Wuhan city," Ferrer said. "There's no reason for schools to close. There's no reason for that level of panic."

88 cities participated in a conference call Friday with Supervisor Kathryn Barger and Mayor Eric Garcetti. Schools and cities will soon be able to take their questions to a public hotline, said Ferrer.

Read more at NBC Los Angeles

See also:

Coronavirus is scary, but the flu is deadlier, more widespread