Voices of COVID-19 features conversations with people who are outside the limelight who are dealing with the coronavirus pandemic in their everyday lives. This is a globally shared experience and, while we have to remain separate we will need to get through it together. This podcast is an attempt to help people understand they are not alone and to learn from other perspectives on social distancing and COVID-19.
Addressing Racism, Disparities and the COVID Vaccine - Adriene Thornton
COVID-19 has put a spotlight on deep-seated issues of racism and inequity that exist in our health care system. The virus has disproportionately impacted Black and Brown communities, causing more illness, more hospitalizations and more deaths.
Now, as vaccines start to roll out, this inequity is again taking a toll. In many African American communities there is strong and justifiable distrust of health care and government programs, and vaccination rates are lagging far behind.
In this episode, Brian Lucas interviews Adriene Thornton, an Infection Preventionist at Children’s Minnesota. Adriene is working to educate Black communities about the safety and effectiveness of the vaccines, to hopefully get more people to participate.
On the Front Lines - Being a Travel Nurse During COVID
Among the long list of heroes in this pandemic are travel nurses. These are nurses who sign up to get sent to locations where they are needed the most. Right now, that means they are willingly traveling to COVID hot spots.
When the pandemic started, Brooke Hanson was working as a nurse in Arizona. But as she watched the cases start to explode on the east coast, she decided she needed to help. She signed up as a travel nurse and was sent to New Jersey to work in a COVID hospital.
Right now Brooke is working in Seattle, fighting COVID fatigue to continue helping patients even as the case numbers once again start to rise.
Being "High Risk" in the World of COVID -Stephanie Zahrbock
Ignoring or downplaying COVID comes from a place of privilege. Young, healthy people who have access to quality health care don't have to be as concerned.
But there are many people who don’t have that luxury, including people who have health issues that make them particularly vulnerable.
In this episode, Brian Lucas interviews Stephanie Zahrbock, a mother of two teenagers who, four years ago, was diagnosed with an autoimmune disease related to Multiple Sclerosis. She’s been in a wheelchair ever since.
Stephanie has been quarantined in her house for more than 6 months… trying to stay safe and protect herself from those who take their health and safety for granted.
Navigating COVID as a Frontline Health Care Worker - Elizabeth Blankenship
For frontline health care workers, the coronavirus pandemic creates two separate worlds.
There’s the world of work, trying to help people who are critically ill. Then there’s the world at home, dealing with the isolation and uncertainty the rest of us are struggling with each day.
On top of all of this, there is an added fear: that these worlds will in some way intersect. That an encounter with a COVID patient at work could bring the virus home to a spouse, a child, or a parent.
In this episode, Brian Lucas interviews Elizabeth Blankenship, a Physician Assistant in Austin Texas. Elizabeth has been existing in these dual worlds since the beginning of the pandemic. She says she has been able to find a sense of calm and balance through it all, and even a renewed sense of purpose.
The View from Greece: Uniting Against a Threat - Antigoni Dionysiadou
Looking at the COVID numbers in Europe, Greece stands out as a success story so far.
At the time of this recording, Greece had reported fewer than 5,000 cases of COVID-19, resulting in 209 deaths. That’s a fraction what nearby countries have seen such as Italy (250,000 cases), Spain (300,000 cases) and Turkey (230,000 cases).
Greece took a hard line out of necessity. The Greek health system doesn’t have the capacity to deal with a significant spike in cases. To their credit, the citizens got on board quickly in the name of protecting each other.
In this episode, Brian Lucas interviews Antigoni Dionysiadou. Antigoni lives in Athens, where she is studying psychology at the University. Before the pandemic took its toll on tourism in Athens, Antigoni was also working as a tour guide, giving walking tours of the various neighborhoods in the city.
(Part 2) Resistance and Resilience: COVID on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation - Helene Gaddie (Part 2 of 2)
From the beginning of this pandemic we heard reports about COVID-19 being particularly dangerous to people with pre-existing health conditions. So what do you do if you live in a community where that puts a large percentage of the population is at risk?
That’s the case on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota and for the more than 19 thousand members of the Oglala Lakota Tribe who live there.
The Pine Ridge Reservation has the lowest life expectancy in the country. That’s the case pre-COVID, and it illustrates why keeping the virus out of their community, and helping those who are most vulnerable, is a top priority.
In this episode, Brian Lucas continues his conversation with Helene Gaddie, a member of the Oglala Lakota Nation and a resident of Pine Ridge.
Since the outbreak, Helene has been part of an Indigenous Response effort, reaching out to people across the reservation to offer education and support.
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So Honest, Inspiring and Emotional... Quite Engaging!
Voices of COVID-19 is an honest approach about real people and the impact that the pandemic is having on communities, families and individuals across our cities, country and the world. It is so well done! It is inspiring, engaging and hopeful! Each episode provides a unique and inside perspective of how the pandemic is affecting individuals and how COVID-19 is affecting us all in both similar and unexpected ways. Brian’s calming and journalistic story telling approach challenges his guests in a way for them feel safe and comfortable sharing authentic and personal stories about how they are being impacted by COVID-19.
Thoughtful & informative
I’ve had to take several breaks from the news during this pandemic, as the piling on of data and policies can be unbearable and downright depressing. Not so with Brian’s podcast. It is so human, so relatable, so real ... and he manages to find tangible threads of hope in each interview. With his calm and thoughtful interview style and his intriguing guests, this has become my go-to podcast. Thanks for these episodes!
We listened to every episode on a single long car ride. Fascinating, informative, heartfelt and humane.