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.
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Stephannie Stokes, who covers housing for WABE, says evictions haven’t been happening since courts closed to stop the spread of the coronavirus. But they could reopen soon, and many are worried about a looming eviction crisis.
Dr. Audrey Arona, who leads the Gwinnett County health department, says an increased demand for coronavirus testing means it takes longer for people to receive results. That makes it trickier for public health officials to track people who are sick and who they’ve been in contact with.
Van Johnson, mayor of Savannah, Georgia, says a rise in coronavirus infections led him to issue a first-in-the-state requirement that people wear face masks in his city. It seems to violate a state order that prevents local governments from making their own public health rules.
Andy Miller, editor of Georgia Health News, says pressure from federal officials has led two medical device sterilization facilities in metro Atlanta to ramp up operations in the midst of the pandemic. The two facilities had previously reduced operations because of elevated emissions of the toxic gas, ethylene oxide.
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