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

How Lockdowns And COVID-19 Death Rates Are Linked

Vivian Ho, health economist at Rice University, says there’s a relationship between a state’s decision to issue strict lockdown measures early in the pandemic and how many COVID-19 deaths ultimately occurred there. More here: https://www.bakerinstitute.org/research/state-restrictions-and-covid-19-death-rate/

What We Know (And Don’t) About The New Virus Variant

Thomas Friedrich, professor of virology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, says a new, more transmissible variant of the virus that causes COVID-19 could have big implications for the pandemic in the U.S. if its starts spreading widely in the country.

A COVID-19 Vaccine Isn’t Much Use Without A Robust Supply Chain

Dr. Bruce Y. Lee, professor of health policy and management at the City University of New York, says it’s no small feat to get vaccines from where they’re produced to where they’re administered–but it’s a critical part of any vaccination effort.

Trying To Fight The Pandemic, Public Health Leaders Face Increasing Backlash

Anna Barry-Jester, a reporter with Kaiser Health News, says public health leaders are facing more public scrutiny during the pandemic, and that’s pushed many to leave their jobs. She chronicled many of their stories with colleagues from KHN and the Associated Press. Read more here: https://khn.org/news/article/pandemic-backlash-jeopardizes-public-health-powers-leaders/

Reflecting On The Human Toll Of The Pandemic

We’ve talked to a lot of people this year in Georgia who’ve been personally touched by the pandemic: they’ve been sick, they’ve lost loved ones. As we approach the end of 2020, we’re listening back on some of those conversations.

What COVID-19 Has COVID-19 Has Shown Us About Our World And How We Interact With It

As we approach the end of 2020, we’re revisiting some of the conversations that touch on what COVID-19 has exposed about the world we live in and how we can live safely in it.

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