Coronavirus cases in California plateau, with no end in sight

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Families wait in line on Sunday to receive groceries during a Mother's Day food distribution event organized by the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor. Credit: Patrick T. Fallon, Reuters.

Even though California imposed strict social distancing rules nearly two months ago, the state continues to add new cases — and deaths — at a stubbornly persistent rate. An LA Times analysis found California has averaged about 500 deaths per week over the past month, and the number of cases has steadily ticked up as well.

Are we anywhere close to peaking? When will we stabilize or level off? And how soon before the number of cases start to decline?

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Guest:
Dr. George Rutherford - University of California San Francisco

Host:
Madeleine Brand

Producers:
Sarah Sweeney, Michell Eloy, Rosalie Atkinson, Brian Hardzinski, Angie Perrin, Kathryn Barnes