The coronavirus pandemic has us all asking a lot of questions: How long will I have to practice “social distancing”? Will there be a cure for COVID-19? Can I ever touch my face again?

WABE health reporter Sam Whitehead and guests will try to answer those questions. He’ll talk with experts, public officials, journalists, and everyday people about how the coronavirus is affecting their lives.

You can send your own questions to washyourhands@wabe.org.

Featured Episode

With Winter Coming, the Mental Health Effects of the Pandemic

Even if you’ve managed to hold on to a job, keep food on the table, stay healthy, keep the kids learning, and not get too overwhelmed by politics, this is an incredibly stressful time. And for many people, those things haven’t all fallen into place. Dr. Vaile Wright, senior director for healthcare innovation at the American Psychological Association, says chronic stress, as so many people are experiencing, can have long-term effects, even once the pandemic is over.

What We’ve Learned About The Virus That Causes COVID-19

Dr. Stanley Perlman, a virologist at the University of Iowa, says we’ve learned a lot about SARS-CoV-2, the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 since it was first discovered, but there is still much we don’t know.

Georgia’s Largest Hospital Seeing More COVID-19 Patients As Winter Approaches

John Haupert, CEO of the Grady Health System, says his Atlanta hospital is treating a rising number of people with coronavirus infections and that the current surge could surpass the one the region saw this summer.

How Federal Officials Took COVID-19 Data Collection From The CDC

Pien Huang, who covers health for NPR, says the decision to strip the Centers for Disease Control of Prevention of its job of collecting COVID-19 from hospitals has far-reaching consequences.

How To Celebrate Thanksgiving Safely, Despite The Pandemic

Cria Perrine, an epidemiologist with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, says Thanksgiving gatherings could be the “perfect storm” for spreading the coronavirus. She shares the agency’s tips for how to celebrate safely.

Overhauling Obamacare In Georgia In The Midst Of A Pandemic

Ariel Hart, health care reporter for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, says Governor Brian Kemp’s plans to overhaul the individual health insurance market in Georgia could affect hundreds of thousands of people and could be undone if the U.S. Supreme Court strikes down the Affordable Care Act.

Inside Georgia’s Troubled COVID-19 Data Dashboard

Keren Landman, a freelance reporter in Atlanta, read through thousands of emails from state officials to uncover the story of how Georgia public health officials didn’t have much control over the state’s COVID-19 data dashboard. Read her story here: https://www.atlantamagazine.com/great-reads/behind-georgias-covid-19-dashboard-disaster/

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