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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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.
Ivan Oransky has been tracking questionable studies on COVID-19 for the blog “Retraction Watch”, which he co-founded (https://retractionwatch.com/retracted-coronavirus-covid-19-papers/). He shares his tips on telling the good research on the coronavirus from the not-so-good.
Turgay Ayer, who studies healthcare analytics at Georgia Tech, helped build The COVID-19 Simulator (https://covid19sim.org/), which predicts how the coronavirus will spread as states start to lift restrictions on movement and activity. It predicts, the more states open, the more COVID-19 will spread.
Dr. Andi Shane, Medical Director of Infectious Diseases at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, says physicians are still learning a lot about Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C), a new condition possibly linked to the coronavirus. Also, how the pandemic is affecting childhood vaccination rates.
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