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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.

Episode Date
Economic Shutdown and Social Distancing Measures Have Cut Back on Global Air Pollution
With the global economy coming to a halt, airline flights cancelled, and people staying at home, the unintended consequence has been that air pollution is down. In a somewhat unwanted atmospheric experiment we are seeing levels of carbon dioxide and carbon monoxide go down, but these small gains may not last once things get back to normal. Ula Chrobak, contributor to Popular Science, joins us for how coronavirus has cut down air pollution.
Apr 03, 2020
CDC Data Shows Dangers of COVID-19 for Those With Underlying Health Conditions
We’ve known for some time that those with underlying health conditions are more at risk of getting more severe symptoms from COVID-19, but new data from the CDC shows that those with diabetes, lung disease and heart disease face an increased chance of being hospitalized. The CDC found that of those people requiring admission to an ICU, 78% had at least one underlying health condition. Joel Achenbach, reporter at the Washington Post, joins us for more.
Apr 03, 2020
Why We Should All Be Wearing Face Masks
The CDC is considering recommendations for people to wear face masks while out in public. Previously, the recommendation was not to buy any masks, as medical workers needed them and they were in short supply. But we have gotten to the point where we need to step up efforts to stop the spread of coronavirus. Masks reduce the spread of infectious disease by catching microbes expelled by the wearer and also protecting them from outside microbes, and while they might not catch everything, there’s a strong case we should all be wearing masks during a pandemic. Ferris Jabr, writer for Wired, joins us for how wearing face masks could help.
Apr 02, 2020
A Cruise Ship Comes to Florida
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has officially declared a 30-day stay-at-home order for the state after facing criticism for not doing so earlier. The other issue facing Florida is what to do with sick people on the Zaandam cruise ship that wants to dock in Port Everglades. DeSantis only wants to take state residents that are on the ship and the Coast Guard has said that the ships must stay out at sea with the sick on board. A plan is still being worked on for what to do even as another sick cruise ship also plans to make its way there. Samantha Gross, reporter at the Miami Herald, joins us for more.
Apr 02, 2020
Number of Confirmed Cases Doesn't Mean Much
We hear a lot about confirmed cases of coronavirus. The U.S. has the most confirmed cases in the world right now, but unfortunately, that metric does little for us in the way of tracking how fast it is spreading due to uneven testing. Instead, some suggest we track the rate of hospitalizations and other factors. Faye Flam, columnist at Bloomberg News, joins us for why we still need a lot more data to find out true rates of infection and spread.
Apr 01, 2020
Why It Takes so Long to Get Coronavirus Testing Results
As COVID-19 testing capabilities ramp up and companies are coming up with new tests, why does it still take so long to get results? First, it is a multi-step process… once a sample is taken, it needs to travel to a lab, then it needs to be processed. And different circumstances in processing will lead to different turnaround times.  Julie Appleby, senior correspondent at Kaiser Health News, joins us for the steps involved in testing and new ones on the way.
Apr 01, 2020
Pregnant Women Need to Make Tough Choices Amid Pandemic
Coronavirus is forcing pregnant women to make tough choices. There are many hospitals with such tight restrictions that in some cases a woman’s partner might not even be allowed into the delivery room. Women are having to resort to FaceTime to have their partners present, and it could be falling to nurses to provide supportive care and camerawork. Laura Kusisto, reporter at the WSJ, joins us for more.
Apr 01, 2020
This Is a Make-Or-Break Week for the Economy Amid Coronavirus Pandemic
This could be a make-or-break week for the American economy amid the coronavirus pandemic. Bills and rent are coming due for millions of laid off workers and businesses, big and small, alike. Tough decisions will have to be made on what to pay first and what to put off. The restaurant industry alone has lost $25 billion in sales since March 1, and many are feeling the pain. Ruth Simon, senior special writer at the WSJ, joins us for more.
Mar 31, 2020
Social Distancing Guidelines Extended Until April 30
President Trump has extended the social distancing guidelines until at least April 30. Previously Trump wanted to open the economy back up by Easter, instead we are now learning that the peak of the outbreak in America could come about that time. Gabby Orr, White House reporter at Politico, joins us for how Dr. Anthony Fauci and Dr. Deborah Birx, convinced the president to extend the guidelines.
Mar 31, 2020
How Genetic Infections Made Coronavirus Infectious and Deadly
With coronavirus, it’s all about the genetic mutations. Two critical mutations occurred… the first altered the spikes in the virus to allow it to latch onto proteins that line the respiratory tract, the second mutation, allowed the virus to grow a protein dagger that lets it bind tightly to throat and lung cells making it infectious and deadly.  Robert Bazell, professor of Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology at Yale, joins us for coronavirus mutations.
Mar 31, 2020
New Hotspots and GM Working to Make Ventilators
With the most number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the world, here in U.S., new hotspots are emerging. While mostly concentrated on the coasts, more cases are creeping into other cities. The CDC has issued a domestic travel advisory urging residents of New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut not to travel for 14 days. In other news, GM and Ford are working to make more ventilators and new polls show Joe Biden and Trump in a competitive race for 2020. Julia Manchester, political reporter for The Hill joins us for more.
Mar 30, 2020
Thousands of Inmates Released Amid Coronavirus Fears
Fearing a surge of coronavirus cases that could tear through prisons and jails, counties and states are releasing thousands of inmates. Health and corrections officials have issued warnings about cramped and unsanitary conditions that could spread the virus and put inmates, corrections officers, and prison healthcare workers at risk. Kimberly Kindy, national investigative reporter at the Washington Post, tells us who is getting out of jail.
Mar 30, 2020
Before You Book That Cheap Travel Bargain, Consider This
As travel is restricted across much of the world, there are a ton of cheap airfare deals. While you shouldn’t fly during a pandemic, you might want to consider booking a short getaway later in the year once things calm down. The good thing is that fares will remain low until people start traveling again. Scott McCartney, Middle Seat columnist for the WSJ, joins us for what to consider before snagging a travel bargain.
Mar 30, 2020
Blood Plasma From Recovered COVID-19 Patients Could Be Short Term Treatment
As the search for an effective COVID-19 treatment continues, doctors are looking to an old method of delivering antibodies to an infected person, by using blood plasma from recovered patients. While a vaccine could still be a year away, the FDA has expedited the use of this blood plasma infusion in NY to see if it is an effective short term treatment. Mike Hixenbaugh, national investigative reporter for NBC News, join us for how doctors are exploring all options.
Mar 27, 2020
How Dating Works in the Time of Coronavirus
Something a little lighter while we practice social distancing… How has coronavirus impacted those looking for love and dating? Dating apps have seen big increases in people still looking to connect with others and singles are doing the best they can with video dates, all that’s lacking is the physical chemistry. There is even an app called Quarantine Together. Georgia Wells, reporter at the WSJ, joins us for how dating works in the time of coronavirus
Mar 27, 2020
Dr. Leo Galland on the Effectiveness of Other Anti-Viral Meds on COVID-19
As the rush to find effective treatments for COVID-19 intensifies, much is being made about other anti-viral drugs that have been used in the past. The president has named drugs like chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine as potential ways to help treat the coronavirus. There has not been enough testing to see how it might help specifically with COVID-19, but there are clinical trails going on right now. Dr. Leo Galland, internist practicing in New York City, talks to us about some of the anti-viral medications you are hearing about in the news
Mar 26, 2020
How the $2 Trillion Coronavirus Stimulus Bill Helps You
Congress is working to pass a $2 trillion coronavirus stimulus package to keep the economy moving while everything is shut down to help slow the spread of COVID-19. This will be the third emergency spending package Congress has advanced and the largest economic aid measure in U.S. history. It will include direct payments to Americans, help for small businesses, extended unemployment programs, and help for hospitals and healthcare workers. Alayna Treene, White House reporter at Axios, joins us for how the stimulus bill could help you.
Mar 26, 2020
Some of America's Biggest Employers Are Hiring Right Now
Many people have lost jobs or had their wages cut back as companies are slowing or shutting down due to coronavirus concerns. But right now, some of America’s biggest employers are trying to hire hundreds of thousands of workers, often forgoing normal hiring practices hoping to get people started right away. Michael Corkery, reporter at the NY Times, joins us for why Walmart, Amazon, grocery stores, and pizza chains are all hiring.
Mar 26, 2020
New York Is the Epicenter of the the Fight Against Coronavirus in the U.S.
New York has become the epicenter of the COVID-19 outbreak in the U.S. It has 50% of the cases in the country and is facing severe shortages of critical medical supplies needed for patients and medical workers. New York is throwing everything it can against the wall in its fight against the virus and some expect the peak of the epidemic to still be weeks away. Jennifer Kingson, managing editor at Axios, joins us for the fight for New York.
Mar 26, 2020
Dr. Leo Galland on What You Should Be Doing to Keep Your Body Healthy and Virus Free
Dr. Leo Galland, internist practicing in New York City, joins us to offer some preventive and protective tips on what you can do to keep your body in the best fighting shape against coronavirus. Dr. Galland suggests taking some Vitamin D, a low dose of melatonin, and some other supplements to help out.
Mar 25, 2020
#WFH: How to Avoid Eating All Day While Working From Home
As many people are working remotely from home, they are closer than ever to a fully stocked fridge and pantry due to all that panic buying. It could be harder than ever to avoid eating all day, but now is the time to set a good eating schedule, keep using fresh produce, and try not to eat pasta the whole time. Hilary, Potkewitz, contributor to the WSJ, joins us for how to avoid eating too much while working from home.
Mar 25, 2020
2020 Tokyo Olympics Officially Postponed Until Next Year
The 2020 Tokyo Olympics have officially been postponed until sometime next year. This is the first time in the modern era that that games have been impacted by anything other than war. Now comes the big problems, handling the logistics of moving everything, all the money that has been poured into the games so far, and what happens to the athletes who still need to stay in tip top shape for the games? David Mack, editor at BuzzFeed News, joins us for how coronavirus has impacted the biggest sporting event so far.
Mar 25, 2020
Hospitals Face Critical Shortage of Medical Supplies Amid Coronavirus Pandemic
As hospitals brace for an influx of patients with COVID-19, they are already running low on critical medical supplies. Facemasks and other protective equipment are in very short supply, and despite tapping into the strategic national stockpile, it seems there will not be enough to go around. In the meant time, hospitals and medical workers are looking to the administration for guidance. Toluse Olorunnipa, White House reporter at the Washington Post, joins us for more.
Mar 25, 2020
Back to Biology Class: Coronavirus Hard to Kill Because It Isn't Alive
Back to biology class for why it is so hard to kill coronavirus. The virus itself isn’t technically alive and uses proteins in our own bodies to create millions of copies of itself, in the process making us sick. It’s also worth looking back at history, as some viruses have been responsible for some of the most destructive outbreaks in the past 100 years. Sarah Kaplan- reporter at the Washington post, joins us for a biological look at what we are up against.
Mar 24, 2020
Some of Life's Special Moment Cancelled Because of Social Distancing
Amid the extreme social distancing that is being practiced, some are privately mourning special moments in life that have been cancelled or postponed. People giving birth at this time are video conferencing to show their new child to the family, proms and graduations are cancelled, and funerals are also being canceled, forcing some to mourn alone. Ellen Byron, reporter at the WSJ, joins us for more.
Mar 24, 2020
69 Drugs Identified to Possibly Be Effective in Treating COVID-19
As the race to find treatments for COVID-19 intensifies, scientists have identified 69 drugs that may be effective in treating coronavirus. Still, many of the drugs must be studied and tested. There is no antiviral drug proven to be effective yet and doctors can just offer supportive care such as managing fever and using a ventilator in severe cases. Carl Zimmer, author of A Planet of Viruses, joins us for how scientists are scrambling to find a treatment.
Mar 24, 2020
Congress Working on $2 Trillion Financial Aid Package
Rand Paul has become the first Senator to test positive for COVID-19. He is asymptomatic and now in quarantine. This is happening as Congress is working on another financial aid package that could be worth nearly $2 trillion dollars. This would provide help for small businesses, checks for Americans, about $3,000 for a family of four, and enhanced unemployment insurance. And while states try to grapple with the influx of patients, they are still desperately short on masks and protective equipment for medical workers. Some governors are calling for a coordinated national response to the shortage. Ginger Gibson, political reporter for Reuters, joins us for more.
Mar 23, 2020
From Quarantine to Surviving the Virus, Carl Goldman, Tells Us His Story
Cases of coronavirus only continue to rise especially here in the U.S. where we now have over 30,000 cases. But while we still face many problems ahead, we wanted to take a moment to talk to someone who has recovered from COVID-19. Carl Goldman, owner of KHTS Radio at hometownstation.com, was one of the passengers of the Diamond Princess cruise ship that docked in Japan. He spent time in quarantine on the ship, came down with the virus, was transported to Nebraska for treatment and finally tested negative.  Carl joins us to tell us about how bad his illness was, the clinical study he signed up for, and what it is like to get back home.
Mar 23, 2020
How Are We Preparing for a Possible Shortage of Life-Saving Ventilators?
Many experts have signaled that the U.S. could be in for a shortage of life-saving ventilators amid the coronavirus pandemic. While we are not currently short, hospitals are trying to brace themselves for a spike in severe cases where patients need help breathing. The government is ordering more and encouraging states to also do the same. Dr. Janette Nesheiwat, Fox News medical contributor, joins us for what to know about a possible ventilator shortage.
Mar 20, 2020
Strict Social Distancing: How Are "Shelter in Place" Orders Working in San Francisco?
Numbers of confirmed COVID-19 cases continue to rise in the U.S. and more local governments are imposing stricter social distancing rules. The strongest clampdown is in the Bay Area which has advised people to shelter in place. Similar orders were also just put in place in LA. Despite these rules, we continue to see many put and about. Erin Allday, health writer at the SF Chronicle, joins us for how it’s going a few days in and also how hospitals are prepping for a wave of coronavirus cases.
Mar 20, 2020
Coronavirus Explained: Social Distancing and Flattening the Curve
Coronavirus explained: Host, Ryan Gorman will talk about a variety of topics concerning COVID-19. Ryan will talk to a medical expert about social distancing and what to do if a family member comes down with this particular stain of coronavirus. Also, if you work with the public, such as a first responder, Ryan has tips on how to better protect yourself and why it is so crucial to "flatten the curve."
Mar 19, 2020
What Parallels for the Coronavirus Are There?
A little bit of perspective as we face this coronavirus pandemic. It is a disaster that has no modern parallel. Even some of the worst events that have happened, like natural disasters or terrorist attacks, happen in one place at one time. But this is a health threat hitting the globe all at once and will affect us in many profound ways for some time. Bryan Walsh, future correspondent at Axios, joins us for why this is an endurance race with no clear end yet.
Mar 19, 2020
Ford, General Motors, and Fiat Chrysler Close Down Their Factories
The big 3 automakers: Ford, General Motors, and Fiat Chrysler are closing down all factories to protect workers from the spread of coronavirus. This would affect about 150,000 workers. But what about other manufacturers? Other factories are still working and they are staggering shifts and installing barriers to protect workers from infection. Austen Hufford, manufacturing reporter for the Wall Street Journal, joins us for more.
Mar 19, 2020
Some Youth Are Resisting Lockdowns Amid Coronavirus Pandemic
As whole countries go on lockdown and states and cities here in the U.S. shut down bars and restaurants, we are seeing a generational divide in some cases and the problem is carefree youth that could slow down the fight against the virus and endanger older people. There were various reports of “lockdown parties” in France and Belgium and college students continued some dorm parties. Some feel like the lockdowns are preventing the youth from living, but they are just efforts to mitigate the spread. Stacy Meuchtry, Paris Bureau Chief for the WSJ, joins us for how the youth are reacting and also how the lockdowns are playing out in France.
Mar 18, 2020
How Is Big Tech Responding to the Coronavirus Outbreak
How are the major tech companies responding to the global pandemic? President Trump jumped the gun in announcing a website that Google was working on to help people get information and schedule tests for COVID-19 . The site is now up, but only in limited capacity in the Bay Area. Also, could Amazon play a role by delivering testing kits? Kara Swisher, hosts of the Pivot and Recode Decode podcasts joins us for more on what big tech can do.
Mar 18, 2020
Mayo Clinic Develops Test to Detect the Virus That Causes COVID-19
Testing for coronavirus will soon start to ramp up as the government gets up to speed and also as private labs develop their own tests, such as the Mayo Clinic, who has made their own test that can detect the virus that causes COVID-19. Experts say that once this starts, we will begin to see confirmed cases rise. Dr. Bill Morice, President of Mayo Clinic Laboratories, joins us for why testing is so important.
Mar 17, 2020
New Social Distancing Guidelines, Bars and Restaurants Orderd to Close in Some States
The White House has issued new guidelines for the next 15 days. No gatherings in groups of 10 or more and people should avoid bars, restaurants, and food courts. But state and city governments are going a step further and ordering them to close except for delivery and takeout. Marisa Fernandez, reporter at Axios, joins us for more.
Mar 17, 2020
President Trump Tests Negative for Coronavirus and Imposes New Travel Restrictions
COVID-19, the coronavirus continues to disrupt everyday life in the U.S. and around the world. In the U.S. there are now over 3100 cases and over 60 deaths. New travel restrictions are also being put in place for people coming from the U.K. and Ireland, in addition to those already in place for Europe. This is leading to massive lines at airports that are trying to screen citizens as they return. We also learned that President Trump has tested negative for the virus as the administration continues to weigh out options for keeping the economy going while we all practice social distancing. Ginger Gibson, political reporter for Reuters, joins us to talk about the politics of coronavirus.
Mar 16, 2020
How COVID-19 Affects Children
We know that older people are most at risk for getting severe symptoms from coronavirus, but why aren’t children getting that sick? Studies have shown that children can contract the virus at the same rates as adults, but the symptoms are not as bad. It all could come down to a person’s underlying health conditions. While the immune system is fighting the virus it could also be exacerbating these underlying health factors. Megan Molteni, staff writer at Wired, joins us for why COVID-19 isn’t affecting kids the same way as others.
Mar 16, 2020
Coronavirus Explained by Ryan Gorman
As the entire world deals with the pandemic of COVID-19, host Ryan Gorman explains everything you need to know about the infectious disease. He talks to a medical expert, a government response expert, and a financial expert who all help to keep you informed about the coronavirus.
Mar 15, 2020
Shutdown of Public Events Attempts to Flatten the Curve
You are hearing the stories all over the place, bans on large public gatherings, schools closing, and major sports leagues all suspending operations for now. President Trump even banned travel from Europe for 30 days. The goal of all of this is to flatten the curve, which is to slow the spread of COVID-19 to allow local healthcare systems to effectively treat those that are sick. Reid Wilson, correspondent for The Hill, joins us for why canceling all these events makes sense.
Mar 13, 2020
How Long Can COVID-19 Last on Different Surfaces?
New research is showing how long COVID-19 can survive on a variety of surfaces. It is still not known if you can contract the coronavirus from touching certain surfaces, it is believed that it is mostly contracted from person to person transmission, but it can live in the air for about three hours and on some surfaces up to three days. My producer Victor Wright, joins us for more.
Mar 13, 2020
Get Ready to Watch Your Favorite Sports Teams Play With No Live Audience
The spread of COVID-19 continues to affect all aspects of everyday life and the sports world is no different. March Madness will be played with no fans, the Golden State Warriors will also play a game in an empty arena. But what about Major League Baseball? Opening day is two weeks away and while they would like to use alternate sites for games, it seems like they too might play with no fans in attendance. Jared Diamond, national baseball writer at the Wall Street Journal, joins us for more.
Mar 12, 2020
WHO Announces That Coronavirus Is a Pandemic and Italy on Lockdown
The World Health Organization has now declared the COVID-19 crisis a pandemic with Iran and Italy as the new front lines in the battle against the virus. Italy has over 12,000 cases and over 800 deaths leading the government to put the entire country on lockdown, limiting the movement of 60 million people. Chico Harlan, Rome Bureau Chief at the Washington Post, joins us for what Italy is like post lockdown.
Mar 12, 2020