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A weekly explainer on the coronavirus and its ripple effects with science journalist Bonnie Petrie from Texas Public Radio.

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A weekly explainer on the coronavirus and its ripple effects with science journalist Bonnie Petrie from Texas Public Radio.

    COVID-19 And Reopening Schools: No Easy Answers

    COVID-19 And Reopening Schools: No Easy Answers

    There's a lot of confusion and conflicting information about how COVID-19 affects kids and what that may mean for the safe reopening of schools. The lead researcher on a large study on how children experience COVID joined the show to sort out fact from fiction.

    • 50 min
    Tragedy In The Rio Grande Valley: A 'Perfect Storm' For A COVID-19 Outbreak

    Tragedy In The Rio Grande Valley: A 'Perfect Storm' For A COVID-19 Outbreak

    Texas is in the midst of a COVID-19 surge, but one area is in crisis. Hospitals in the Rio Grande Valley are near or at capacity, and EMS crews are stretched thin. Dr. Ivan Melendez takes us inside his office — an overwhelmed ICU in Hidalgo County, which has been designated as a “medically underserved area” by the Health Resources and Services Administration. This means it has too few primary care providers, high infant mortality, high poverty, high elderly population — or all of the above. This

    • 49 min
    'Why Can't I Breathe?' How Systemic Racism Makes COVID-19 Worse For Communities Of Color

    'Why Can't I Breathe?' How Systemic Racism Makes COVID-19 Worse For Communities Of Color

    COVID-19 has exposed all Americans to an increased risk, even while doing the most mundane things: shopping at the grocery store, going to work, and taking walks. But it’s also exposed how communities of color are largely defenseless in the fight against an enemy that does not discriminate, but rather reveals to us our own discrimination.

    • 48 min
    The COVID-19 Surge In Texas And Its Hotspots

    The COVID-19 Surge In Texas And Its Hotspots

    In the last two weeks, some Texas counties implemented new face mask orders and Gov. Greg Abbott ordered all bars to shut down — before eventually issuing his own statewide mask order. Those actions might have been too little, too late. They might not be enough to flatten the rapidly rising curve.

    • 21 min
    Is COVID-19 A Vascular Disease?

    Is COVID-19 A Vascular Disease?

    At first, COVID-19 appeared to be primarily a respiratory disease. But patients have reported a much wider range of symptoms than most viral diseases, leading some researchers to wonder if COVID-19 might, in some cases, also be a vascular disease. On this episode of Petrie Dish, TPR's podcast about the science of the pandemic, we explore the evidence for this and hear from coronavirus survivors experiencing the vascular side effects of the disease.

    • 28 min
    Did Texas Reopen Too Soon?

    Did Texas Reopen Too Soon?

    As restaurants reopened and businesses relaxed mask-wearing rules, coronavirus hospitalizations have spiked in parts of the country that previously escaped the worst of the pandemic. This week on Petrie Dish, Texas Public Radio's podcast on the science of the pandemic, we take stock of one such state, Texas, and ask whether reopening the economy worked the way it was supposed to.

    • 24 min

Customer Reviews

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Petrie Dish

What an interesting, well-researched, easily understandable series. Thankyou for broadening our understanding of such a complex virus. We ultimately know so little of the effects that can wreak such havoc globally.

SA Tim ,

Petrie Dish

Compelling story and wonderful presentation.

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