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#TheRiskIsReal

You may think it can't happen to you, but COVID-19 does not care how young you are. The reality is, anyone can become infected, and recent trends show a spike in younger adults contracting the virus.

Nearly 60% of the positive COVID-19 cases being reported in LA County are in people under 50 years old and hospitalizations among younger adults are on the rise. Though you may recover from the virus, you risk spreading COVID-19 and infecting others in your home who are more at-risk, including grandparents and parents.

Your actions can save lives.

Help slow the spread of COVID-19 by wearing a face cover when you’re out in public, maintain six feet of physical distancing and only gather with people in your own household. If you’re feeling sick and you think you need to get tested, contact your healthcare provider. To learn more about COVID-19 testing in LA County, click here.

LA County Healthcare Workers Stories

Watch the videos below to hear from LA County healthcare workers first-hand experience working during the COVID-19 surge.

SURGE (30-second PSA)

Frontline healthcare workers detail their experiences working with COVID-19 patients during the January 2021 surge.

Stories From The Surge: Arcelia Martinez

 

An LAC+USC ICU Registered Nurse shares her experience from the frontlines of the COVID-19 surge in Los Angeles County.

Stories From The Surge: Cara Buchanan

 

An LAC+USC Emergency Room Resident shares her experience from the frontlines of the COVID-19 surge in Los Angeles County.

Stories From The Surge: Kathy Garvin

An LAC+USC Emergency Room Nurse Manager shares her experience from the frontlines of the COVID-19 surge in Los Angeles County.

Stories From The Surge: Lily Wong-De Guzman

An LAC+USC ICU Nurse Manager shares her experience from the frontlines of the COVID-19 surge in Los Angeles County.

Stories From The Surge: LA County healthcare workers on the frontline

Dr. Elizabeth Hong explains what it's like to work in the hospital during the COVID-19 surge.

COVID-19 Survivor Stories

Watch the videos on this page to hear from LA County residents who battled the virus and are now
sharing their stories and warning others to not take COVID-19 lightly.

The Risk is Real: ‘it ravaged his body’

Paul Foley died in April from Covid-19. His daughter Jill tells his story.

The Risk is Real: ‘I’ve continued to experience symptoms’

50-year-old Pato Herbert was infected with COVID-19 in March and has suffered long-term effects ever since. This is his story.

The Risk is Real: ‘There was no time to say goodbyes’

Flight Attendant and well loved community leader Jeff Kurtzman was lost in July to Covid-19. His best friend Vic Gerami tells his story.

The Risk is Real: ‘I wish he was still here’

Community leader Ever Linares passed away on November 30th due to complications from Covid-19. He leaves behind a devastated family and community.

"I couldn’t catch my breath. I felt like I was dying"

Dr. Jonathan Pryor is a 56 year-old Acute Care/General Surgeon at St. Mary's Hospital in Long Beach. He contracted COVID-19 and was hospitalized twice at the hospital where he works. This is his story.

"My darkest moment is knowing I could endanger my kids"

Ciro Murguitio is a 37-year-old registered nurse who contracted COVID-19. His worst fears were realized when the virus spread to his family, infecting his young daughters. This is his story. Haga clic aquí para español.

“We thought the worst”

30-year-old Javier Gutierrez became infected with COVID-19 at a family gathering and it soon spread to his wife and baby. He recovered after spending 5 five days in the hospital. This is his story.

“I was a healthy person before this.”

Shelby is 29 years old and a COVID-19 survivor. She contracted the virus in April, and, after experiencing headaches, vomiting and dizziness, was hospitalized in May. Today, she wears a heart monitor and continues to worry about the long-term impacts on her health. This is her story.

“I just thought of my two-year old baby. I thought I was never going to see him again.”

Antonio is 45 years old, and unsure where he got infected with coronavirus. He felt tired, dizzy and had a fever for two days before being admitted to LA County's Olive View Medical Center for 9 days. This is his story.

"It happened to me. It could happen to you."

In early March, Christine developed a slight fever.  At first she believed she was coming down with the flu, but as her symptoms worsened, she decided to go to the LA County Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. After checking her vitals, doctors immediately admitted her and later confirmed she had COVID-19.  She spent 2 weeks in the hospital, 8 days of which she was hooked up to a ventilator. Despite her dire situation, she survived.  This is her story.

“I thought I would never see my family again”

Jose Mercado, 47, doesn’t know how he was exposed to COVID-19, but he’ll never forget the searing pain in his chest or the 20 days he spent in LA County's Olive View Medical Center. This is his story.

COVID-19: By the Numbers

Cases by Age

Data showing COVID cases by age

Deaths by Age

Death Rates of by age range
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