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

Georgia’s Top Health Official Focuses On Personal Responsibility Leading Into Labor Day

Dr. Kathleen Toomey, head of the Georgia Department of Public Health, says the summer spike in COVID-19 cases can be linked to people not following state guidelines. She’s urging people to adhere to best practices during the coming Labor Day weekend. Toomey also discusses the latest on testing and contact tracing in the state.

The Pandemic Brings A Rocky Start To The School Year

Martha Dalton, who covers education for WABE, says school districts all over metro Atlanta have faced challenges as they’ve tried to start the year. Some have seen COVID-19 outbreaks that have led to school closures; others have had problems rolling out remote learning.

Months Into The Pandemic, Coronavirus Testing Remains A Challenge

Dr. Amesh Adalja, who studies infectious diseases at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, calls the failure of the U.S. to provide adequate testing for the coronavirus “the original sin of the pandemic.” He says Georgia and many other states have faced similar challenges when it comes to establishing needed testing infrastructure.

The Shifting Landscape Of Sports During A Pandemic

Eric Jackson, who covers sports for the Atlanta Business Chronicle, says some of the ways that leagues and teams are adapting to competition during the pandemic may be with us for some time.

Telling The Stories Of Those ‘Lost On The Frontline’ Of The Pandemic

Christina Jewett, with Kaiser Health News, and Danielle Renwick, with The Guardian, discuss their efforts to chronicle the health care workers who have died from COVID-19 in the U.S. The project, a joint effort of both news outlets, is called ‘Lost on the Frontline’ (khn.org/lost-on-the-frontline).

Closing A Rural Hospital In The Midst Of A Pandemic

Steve Whatley, chairman of the Randolph County Hospital Authority, says Southwest Georgia Regional Medical Center couldn’t weather COVID-19 after years of financial turmoil. That’s why the small hospital in Cuthbert, Georgia plans to close its doors this fall.

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