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.

Dissecting Georgia’s COVID-19 Data Woes

Willoughby Mariano, a reporter for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, says the Georgia Department of Public Health’s handling of coronavirus data has made it harder for people to trust public officials.

Georgia’s Top Public Health Official: ‘If We Have Lost The Public’s Trust, I Hope That We Gain It Back’

Dr. Kathleen Toomey, commissioner of the Georgia Department of Public Health, talks about her agency’s efforts to hire an army of disease detectives, to track down the contacts of everyone in Georgia who tests positive for COVID-19. She also addresses recent issues with her agency’s COVID-19 data.

A Patient Grapples With Hospitals’ Decision To Delay Elective Procedures Because Of COVID-19

Earlier in the year, as hospitals started to see more and more COVID-19 patients, many put elective procedures on hold. That put Barbara Russell in a tough spot. Her surgery was meant to hold off cervical cancer.

Engagement at WABE is powered, in part, by our collaboration with America Amplified, a Corporation for Public Broadcasting-funded initiative to use community engagement in our reporting.

Albany Sees A Rise In COVID-19 Patients, But Is It A Second Surge?

Scott Steiner, CEO of Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital, shares what he thinks is behind a recent rise in COVID-19 cases in Albany and how his hospital is watching for a potential second surge in patients.

A Novel Virus Reveals Longstanding Health Inequities

Dr. Camara Phyllis Jones, an epidemiologist with the Morehouse School of Medicine .and the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University, says COVID-19 has “ripped the sheets off the basic inequity, structured inequity by race in this country.”

Federal Document Shows Skepticism About Georgia’s Hospital Surge Capacity

Liz Essley Whyte, a reporter for the Center for Public Integrity, has obtained an internal government document that shows federal officials are worried about Georgia’s ability to handle a surge of COVID-19 patients even as the state continues to loosen shelter-in-place restrictions.

More on the story here: https://publicintegrity.org/health/coronavirus-and-inequality/as-georgia-reopens-its-intensive-care-beds-are-largely-full/

What The Pandemic Has Meant For High School Seniors

George Simmons,  a recent graduate of Banneker High School in College Park, joins me to discuss how the coronavirus has upended his senior year and what it could mean for his future.

A Mother Loses Her Daughter To COVID-19 After Her Own Fight With The Disease

Melita Nichols tells the story of losing her 27-year-old daughter, Qunia “Nia” Roberts, to the coronavirus after her own fight with COVID-19. Roberts remains one of the youngest people to die of the disease in hard-hit southwest Georgia.

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