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Daily updates on the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Oscar Ramirez from the Daily Dive Podcast provides stories on what to know about the spread of the virus and how health and government officials are acting to mitigate the spread of the virus.

131 Episodes
While COVID-19 was initially thought to be a respiratory disease, many of the symptoms have another thing in common, poor blood circulation and blood vessel damage. This is why 40% of deaths from coronavirus are related to cardiovascular complications. Dana Smith, senior writer at Elemental, joins us for how the disease is starting to look like a vascular infection instead of a purely respiratory one. Learn more about your ad-choices at
While unrest continues across the country, concerns about the coronavirus pandemic still remain. We are still waiting for a treatment or vaccine, but there’s also some uncertainty to immunity for those that have had the disease and recovered. We still don’t know for how long someone might be protected from COVID-19 after they have gotten it. And in your body, it’s not just antibodies that are fighting the virus, B cells and T cells also help fight illnesses after antibodies have disappeared. Katherine Wu, science reporter at Smithsonian Magazine, joins us for why immunity to the coronavirus is so complicated. Learn more about your ad-choices at
Antibody tests and issues with their accuracy have led to more questions for many who felt they were ill before the first reported coronavirus case in January. After looking at their personal histories and antibody test results some think that the coronavirus could have been circulating as early as November of last year. Dan Frosch, reporter at the WSJ, joins us for more. Learn more about your ad-choices at
Las Vegas has a date to reopen! On June 4, selected casinos will be open for business. Temperatures will be checked and employees will wear masks. Bars and restaurants will be open, but buffets will continue to be closed. On the gambling floor, there will be increased cleaning and less people a table. Bailey Schulz, reporter at the Las Vegas Review-Journal, joins us for the plans to open Vegas. Learn more about your ad-choices at
The whole reason behind flattening the curve was so that the healthcare system would not be overwhelmed. But as many hospitals prepared for the worst, in some areas the cases never came. One example is the University of California, San Francisco Medical Center where a whole floor was cleared for COVID-19 cases. Despite the cost, officials don’t regret over preparing. Jim Carlton, reporter for the WSJ, joins us for more. Learn more about your ad-choices at
As the country is on the road to reopening many cities are closing the roads to make way for restaurants and people. In order to allow for people to properly social distance, some public roads are being closed to allow restaurants to expand their seating arrangements and provide more space for residents to run, walk, and ride. Mike Laris, transportation reporter at the Washington Post, joins us for how cities are making more room. Learn more about your ad-choices at
South America has now become a new epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic. Brazil now has the second most cases of COVID-19 only behind the United States, and President Bolsonaro is still refusing to impose strict measures to curb the spread. Other countries like Peru and Chile are also facing increased numbers. Alex Ward, reporter at Vox and co-host of the Worldly podcast, joins us for how South America’s numbers are going up. Learn more about your ad-choices at
Hair salons and barbershops can now reopen in California, LA County will still have to wait a little longer though. But while things have been shut down, there has been an underground world of haircuts. Barbers and stylists have made house calls under fear of potential penalties and people have gotten freshened up under fear of potential shaming. Emily Guerin, reporter for KPCC and, joins us for how people got their haircuts despite quarantine. Learn more about your ad-choices at
The economy is slowly starting to come back and hopefully the worst of the shutdown is over. For the first time since forced shutdowns began in March, spending on hotels, restaurants, and airlines are picking up. While there is some uncertainty going forward with high unemployment and consumer spending, we are hoping that we have hit peak economic loss. Harriet Torry, economics reporter for the WSJ, joins us for more. Learn more about your ad-choices at
Some people haven’t seen or touched others for 3 months because of COVID-19 and while the country is in the beginning stages of getting back out there, some will continue to isolate. Alan Gomez, reporter for USA Today, joins us for how some in the elderly and medically vulnerable communities and those skeptical of their government’s reopening plans are keeping the quarantine going. Learn more about your ad-choices at
As the country continues to reopen for business, one of the hardest hit industries will still have a difficult time recovering. Restaurants will see a long slow ramp up back to the way things were. Real-time industry data is showing that while people are starting to get out there, restaurants are only seeing a fraction of the business they used to have, partly due to capacity limits for social distancing. The estimates are still dire as to whether some businesses can remain open after the comeback. Jordan Weissmann, senior economics reporter at Slate, joins us for more. Learn more about your ad-choices at
Coronavirus has been tearing through jails and prisons across the country. A recent analysis by Reuters has found that there has been an undercounting of COVID-19 cases in the system and that some state prisons are seeing infection rates of up to 65%. While there is a worry that inmates could be getting ill in such close quarters, the other concern is all of the corrections officers and workers that could also be infected and then spread the virus throughout their communities. Research shows that the majority of those infected have been asymptomatic. Linda So, reporter for Reuters, joins us for how coronavirus is spreading in jails and prisons. Learn more about your ad-choices at
The coronavirus pandemic has exposed a lot of flaws in the way business is done in the U.S. Flaws in the supply chain were especially evident all over. But the “Great Toilet Paper Panic of 2020” shows how something so mundane represents a complex supply chain. Because of what is called “just in time” manufacturing and distribution, toilet paper is still only seen in limited quantities and manufacturers are still playing catch up on back orders. Manufacturers have also had to adjust their packaging which is why you might be seeing fewer options. Jen Wieczner, senior writer at Fortune, joins us for the case of the missing toilet paper. Learn more about your ad-choices at
Some good news for regions that are reopening their economies, a recent study from South Korea is showing that COVID-19 patients that have tested positive after recovering, are not infectious. Theses so called “re-positive” patients weren’t spreading any lingering infection and were shedding only dead virus particles. Emma Court, health reporter at Bloomberg News, joins us for what we are learning about how contagious someone is after recovering from the virus. Learn more about your ad-choices at
As all 50 states are reopening in some form, how ready are gyms to reopen? For a lot of gym owners, there is a frustration in the lack of any strict guidelines. Temperature checks, extra cleaning, and hand sanitizer are a must, but face masks still present an uncertainty with some gyms letting the customers decide on whether to wear them. Hilary Potkewitz, contributor to the WSJ, joins us for how the first gyms are handling the comeback. Learn more about your ad-choices at
President Trump caused a stir when he announced that his is taking hydroxychloroquine as protection against coronavirus. He said he began taking it right around the time that news broke that two White House staffers had tested positive for COVID-19. While the drug has been around for a long time, there is no proof that it prevents someone from contracting the virus and there are concerns about side effects. Lenny Bernstein, health and medicine reporter at the Washington Post, joins us for more. Learn more about your ad-choices at
As the cruise ship industry shut down and travel restrictions around the world limited which ports the ships could dock at, the first concern was to get passengers off in any way possible. Two months later, 100,000 cruise ship crew members remain trapped at sea near Florida and have been largely forgotten. Taylor Dolven, business reporter at the Miami Herald, joins us for what the crew members crave most, accurate information about when they can go home. Learn more about your ad-choices at
How’s your body holding up while working from home? For a lot of people, it’s taking a toll on their necks and backs. Poor ergonomics and weeks of bad posture has led to backaches, neck pain, and headaches. Aaron Zitner, reporter for the WSJ, joins us for what to do to help your body out. Learn more about your ad-choices at
There was some good news in the fight against coronavirus on Monday as drug maker Moderna said that its vaccine induced immune responses in healthy volunteers in a clinical study. The volunteers made antibodies that matched or exceeded the levels found in patients who had recovered after contracting the virus. Moderna will now move into Phase 2 trials with more people involved in that study and then Phase 3 they hope to begin in July. Moderna ultimately hopes to have something ready by the fall, but we are still some time away from having a vaccine to be distributed widely. I'll tell you what you need to know. Learn more about your ad-choices at
Some companies are getting rid of  hazard pay for essential workers even as the dangers of working on the front lines persists. As businesses were shutting down, many companies offered bonuses or pay bumps to compensate people for the risk of working at supermarkets and other crowded workplaces, but that is no longer the case. Kroger is walking back a $2 raises to employees, Target and Amazon are following suit later this month. Anders Melin, reporter at Bloomberg News, joins us for why hero pay is going away. Learn more about your ad-choices at
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