Petrie Dish A weekly explainer on the coronavirus and its ripple effects with science journalist Bonnie Petrie from Texas Public Radio. Email us your questions about the virus, or tell us how you're doing: Petriedish@tpr.org
Petrie Dish

Petrie Dish

From Texas Public Radio

A weekly explainer on the coronavirus and its ripple effects with science journalist Bonnie Petrie from Texas Public Radio. Email us your questions about the virus, or tell us how you're doing: Petriedish@tpr.org

Most Recent Episodes

Two People Who Lost Parents To COVID-19 Are Advocating For Other Grieving Families

On this week's episode of "Side Dish," TPR Bioscience Medicine reporter Bonnie Petrie speaks with Kristin Urquiza and Fiana Garza Tulip, each of whom lost a parent to COVID-19.

Two People Who Lost Parents To COVID-19 Are Advocating For Other Grieving Families

FLUVID: Flattening The Flu Curve During A Coronavirus Pandemic

The worst time of the year for viruses is at our doorstep. During the winter there are surges in adenoviruses, respiratory syncytial viruses — more commonly known as RSV — mild coronaviruses that cause colds, basically all the cold and flu-like illnesses you'd expect when the weather turns cold. And, of course, the actual flu, which can be an efficient killer in its own right.

The Impact Of Hurricane Laura Overflowed In States Already Facing COVID-19 Disasters

On this week's Petrie Dish, we explore what happened in Louisiana and Southeast Texas when Hurricane Laura landed — and what other hurricane hotspots like Florida, Alabama and Mississippi can learn from the deadly storm.

The Impact Of Hurricane Laura Overflowed In States Already Facing COVID-19 Disasters

The COVID-19 Vaccine: Inside America's Race For An Answer

On this week's Petrie Dish, we dive into the COVID-19 vaccine. First we answer: what is a vaccine? We've all gotten them, but have you ever wondered how they protect you from disease? Vaccine expert Joanne Turner gets into the nitty gritty of how vaccines work and walks us through the history of the first-ever vaccine, which treated another vicious virus that ravaged the world.

Fighting A Depressive Pandemic

This week on Petrie Dish we talk with experts about why you feel how you feel, and what happens inside your body when you start to feel overwhelmed.

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.

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.

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

'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.

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

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.

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.

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