Small And Rural Cities Reaching Hospital Capacity Could Cause Another COVID-19 Surge

COVID-19 numbers across Texas and country are now being driven by areas outside the big population centers. What might that mean for the coming months?

Small And Rural Cities Reaching Hospital Capacity Could Cause Another COVID-19 Surge

Trump's FDA Commissioner Discusses COVID-19 Vaccine, Tensions With The President

On this week's Side Dish featuring extended interviews, Host Bonnie Petrie goes one-on-one with FDA Commissioner Dr. Stephen Hahn.

Trump's FDA Commissioner Discusses COVID-19 Vaccine, Tensions With The President

Outbreaks And Open Campuses: Are Universities Able To Manage COVID-19?

On this week's Petrie Dish, we take a look at what universities are doing to accommodate COVID-19, how students are responding and how local communities are affected.

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.

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.

Life After COVID-19: What Survivors Face After Beating The Virus

Covid-19 survivors must adjust to a wide array of lingering symptoms — could those side effects last a lifetime? This week on Petrie Dish, TPR's podcast about the science of the pandemic, two survivors tell their stories of halting recovery, and experts weigh in on what we know — and don't know — about the impact of the coronavirus on the body.

Meet The Army of Disease Detectives Tracking COVID-19

To rein in the invisible spread of the virus, a special branch of science has exploded: Contact tracing. It's the careful, sometimes intimate task of figuring out where the coronavirus might have spread in a community, and who is at risk. This week on Petrie Dish, TPR's podcast about the science of the pandemic, we hear from the disease detectives who are tracking down possible Covid-19 carriers before they even get sick. We also dig into state-by-state plans to ramp up contact tracing to safely restart the economy, and compare U.S. contact tracing efforts with those across the world.

Clocking in: Meet the Essential Workers Whose Jobs Never Stopped, Despite the Risks

A huge swath of the American workforce is unable to work from home, and the repercussions of a crowded workplace, rather than one that is social-distanced, are gradually becoming clear. This week on Petrie Dish, Texas Public Radio's explainer podcast about the coronavirus, we hear from essential workers about their worries on the job and their struggle to stay safe.

Clocking in: Meet the Essential Workers Whose Jobs Never Stopped, Despite the Risks

What COVID-19 Means for Pregnancy

In past viral outbreaks, pregnant women have been at heightened risk of severe symptoms, sometimes leading to birth defects and complications during delivery. This week on Petrie Dish, TPR's weekly explainer on the coronavirus, we ask what COVID-19 means for pregnancy, and how women are adjusting to the new uncertainties this pandemic has created.

Inside the Scramble to Treat Coronavirus

Creating a brand-new drug is painstaking and tricky — under normal circumstances. In the age of coronavirus, drug researchers are working in overdrive. This week on Petrie Dish, TPR's explainer podcast about the virus pandemic, we hear from the experts trying to balance safety and speed in their search for a cure, and from a woman who suffered the side effects from that search.

Nurses: On The Front Lines of COVID-19

If you're diagnosed with COVID-19, one of your first conversations will likely be with a nurse. And during your journey to recovery, nurses will be stationed at your side every step of the way. This week on Petrie Dish, TPR's weekly show on the coronavirus, nurses describe how they're adjusting to this sudden new role in the front lines of the crisis.