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

A College Town Copes With a COVID-19 Outbreak

Kelly Girtz, the mayor of Athens-Clarke County, talks about what the spike in coronavirus infections at the University of Georgia has means for his community–and what he thinks should be done to slow the spread of COVID-19.

Developing A Coronavirus Vaccine Distribution Network

John King, Georgia’s insurance commissioner, has been tapped by Governor Brian Kemp to set up a network to distribute a possible coronavirus vaccine. He shares his vision for how such a system could work and some of the challenges the effort could face.

What Stopping COVID-19 At Summer Camps Can Tell Us About Reopening Schools

Dr. Laura Blaisdell, a pediatrician in Maine, says implementing multiple interventions helped prevent the spread of the coronavirus at four summer camps. She shares the findings of her recent report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The Coronavirus Has Ravaged Long-Term Care Facilities In Georgia

Melanie McNeil, Georgia’s long-term care ombudsman, says the pandemic has hit nursing homes and other long-term care facilities hard–causing thousands of resident deaths and months of isolation from the outside world.

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.

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