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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Apoorva Mandavilli, a reporter for the New York Times, says recent changes to Centers For Disease Control and Prevention’s coronavirus testing guidance were made against the objections of agency scientists. (More on the story here: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/09/17/health/coronavirus-testing-cdc.html)
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.
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.
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).
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