Coronavirus Impact Reports: Week April 20

Christina Knight | April 24, 2020

THIRTEEN and PBS offer regular, in-depth reporting on the coronavirus to help everyone understand the disease and emergency response measures, and the behaviors that are best for your – and others’ – health. Here is the latest from infectious disease doctors, medical professionals, officials and journalists who cover coronavirus news. This page will be updated as reporting continues.

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FRONTLINE air dates vary; see schedule.

April 21: FRONTLINE: Coronavirus Pandemic

A special report on the government response to the coronavirus and the human toll. The two-part special investigates the federal response versus Washington State, the outbreak’s epicenter.

MetroFocus Interviews

MetroFocus hosts Rafael Pi Roman, Jenna Flanagan and Jack Ford.

MetroFocus hosts Rafael Pi Roman, Jenna Flanagan and Jack Ford.

MetroFocus is on weeknights at 6pm on broadcast (see schedule for late-night and weekends) and livestream; listen weeknights on 88.3 WPPB at 11pm.

April 24: At Home with Our Hosts

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From the Hudson Valley to Brooklyn and New Jersey, our hosts Jenna FlanaganJack Ford and Rafael Pi Roman invite you into their homes for a different look at the headlines through a very personal lens. Hear about the challenges of creating a studio inside your living room, how interviewing guests from their homes has created more intimate conversations, and about the profound effect social distancing has had on them.

April 22: Inside COVID-19 Red Zone at Mt. Sinai South Nassau

Newsday journalists Jeffrey Basinger and David Olson share firsthand accounts of the coronavirus crisis from the perspective of the nurses, physicians and patients who are living it. With the hospital at capacity, so is the emotional stamina of the staff. And while everyone is professionally pulling through, there is concern for the long term emotional damage on health care professionals.

April 21: Protecting Seniors | Are Hospitals a Safe Place to Give Birth?

American nursing homes will now be required to report cases directly to the CDC, as well as to patients and their families. Though greater transparency is on its way, what can you do to get information about your isolated loved-ones now? AARP New York State Director Beth Finkel says there are six questions families need to ask. A new study shows a surprising number of pregnant women at NYC hospitals test positive for COVID-19, though many of those women showed no symptoms of the disease. Lenox Hill hospital obstetrician Dr. Eran Bornstein tells us transferring COVID-19 can happen after delivery. Hospitals are adapting by instituting new protocols designed to keep families and medical professionals safe.

April 20: Miles O’Brien, Science Journalist & Frontline Correspondent

As the coronavirus begins to plateau in New York, we reflect on what we did right, what we did wrong and how the United States became the country with the worst known outbreak in the world. For answers, our colleagues at Frontline set out to probe the path of the pandemic by traveling from Washington State, where the virus first took its toll to Washington DC. What they uncovered was an illuminating look at how the outbreak began in the U.S. and how government forces and choices may have allowed the spread.

April 17: Contact Tracing | Dr. Crystal Watson

Health officials have zeroed in on contact tracing as a key tool that could help begin a return to normal life. How does it work? If social distancing is viewed as a mass quarantine, then in contrast, contact tracing of positive cases allows a more targeted group of people to quarantine while the rest of society begins to open up. But is it feasible for the tri-state and how can it safely be set into motion? For the answer, we turn to Dr. Crystal Watson, a senior scholar and assistant professor at the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security, who’s just published a report that outlines a vision for how to accomplish contact tracing.

Firing Line with Margaret Hoover

Firing Line is broadcast Fridays at 8:30pm and streams live.

April 17: Mark Cuban
Billionaire Mark Cuban discusses advising President Trump as a member of his new group on reopening the U.S. economy. Cuban defends the president as the cheerleader-in-chief but dismisses the idea of setting a date now to reopen. The “Shark Tank” investor discusses relief for small businesses, tackling unemployment, and how he would address income inequality.

PBS NewsHour Reports

PBS NewsHour is broadcast weeknights at 7pm and weekends at 6pm and streams live. Listen to half-hour broadcasts on 88.3 WPPB weeknights at 6pm.

April 19: Fostering Pets Helping Some to Better Cope with Pandemic

Thousands of New Yorkers have responded to pleas from animal shelters looking to find homes for pets amid the COVID-19 crisis. And it turns out, fostering animals also has emotional and physical health benefits for the humans taking care of them, especially during self-isolation. Newshour Weekend’s Melanie Saltzman reports.

April 18: Companies Redeploy Workforce to Meet a Shift in Demand

Millions of people have lost their jobs in the U.S. because of the pandemic. But as restaurants and retailers have closed their doors, other businesses like pharmacies and grocery stores have been ramping up hiring to meet a surge in demand. Some companies are also partnering up to help respond to the shifting workforce. Wall Street Journal reporter Lauren Weber joins Hari Sreenivasan to discuss.

Amanpour and Company

Amanpour and Company is on Monday – Friday at 11pm; repeats at 4pm. Watch broadcast or livestream.

April 22: Sir David Attenborough

Today is Earth Day, and while it usually brings people around the world together, on its 50th anniversary, worldwide lockdowns mean it’s being celebrated at a distance. The World Meteorological Organization says the pandemic will reduce carbon emissions by 6% this year – the sharpest drop since World War II. But even that’s not enough to reverse the dangerous effect of carbon emissions. So how do we turn this opportunity into lasting change? Sir David Attenborough who joins Christiane from his home.

April 17: How to Maintain Healthy Relationships Under Lockdown

Economic fears, health anxieties and relationships –- all generate pressure, piling onto people who are trapped indoors. For advice on how to deal with it all, Christiane turns to one of the most widely recognized relationship gurus, Esther Perel. The psychotherapist has been talking to couples under lockdown for her podcast, “Where Should We Begin?,” and offers advice for this trying time.

GZERO World with Ian Bremmer

Ian Bremmer, a renowned political scientist, entrepreneur and bestselling author, shares his perspective on recent global events and interviews the world leaders, experts and newsmakers shaping today’s international politics. Watch Saturdays at 10:30am or stream now.

April 25: How to End the Covid-19 Pandemic

When we’ll likely get a Covid-19 vaccine. Why you should wear a hat along with that protective mask. And what tech solutions will best combat the virus. Dr. Larry Brilliant, a leading epidemiologist, lays out how (and when) we may be able to put this pandemic behind us.

April 18: Dr. Anthony Fauci, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at the NIH

Just a few weeks before China first reported cases of what would later become known as Covid-19, Dr. Anthony Fauci came on our show to discuss pandemics. He was clear about one thing: we were not prepared. Today, we look back at that conversation.

Hotlines and Information

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Government Sites and Resources

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

The CDC’s Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) page includes links to national case reporting, symptom information, advisories by health condition and occupation, and more.

New York City

For text updates from New York City, text COVID to 692-692. You will receive regular SMS texts with helpful behavior tips and news related to the coronavirus. Text COVIDESP to 692-692 for updates in Spanish.

NYC’s official COVID site with information from the City and Mayor Bill de Blasio:

Sick Leave Questions
Employers and employees can visit or call 311 (212-NEW-YORK outside NYC) for more information.

New York City Public Schools and Learning
The Chancellor has asked all families to sign up for an NYC Schools Account if they have not already done so. The Mayor and Chancellor have announced remote learning for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year. Read their message to families, here.

NYCDOE-specific instructional resources in English for students in grades Pre-K through 12 are currently available online at More information about remote learning, meals, and other core services will be posted at

Housing Assistance
NYCHA encourages households experiencing a loss of income to visit the NYCHA Self-Service Portal.

New York State

NY State Hotline: 888-364-3065
For all New York State updates, and announcements from Governor Andrew Cuomo, see the state COVID site.

The New York State Department of Health posts a daily COVID 19 case tally by county.

New Jersey

NJ State Hotline: 1-800-962-1253
Text NJCOVID to 898-211 to receive text updates.
The official coronavirus hub from the State of New Jersey is

Media and Independent Sources

The New York Times is providing free access to its most important updates and most useful guidance on the coronavirus.

NJTV News and NJ Spotlight provide daily reporting on the coronavirus in New Jersey, as well as newsletters.

Covid19.NYC is an independent website offering public health information to New Yorkers, aimed at centralizing and aggregating info from a range of medical authorities. All information is sourced from WHO, CDC, NYS Department of Health and NYC Department of Health websites and guidelines.

Remote Learning Resources from WNET Education

Programs for remote learning air on WLIW21, WLIW WORLD and NJTV to better serve families during the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • WORLD At Home Learning for grades 6-12 airs Monday-Friday from 12 noon – 5 p.m. See program details and schedule information for science, history and English language arts programming.
  • WLIW21 at Home Learning for K-12 airs Monday-Friday from 6:30 a.m. -4 p.m., and focuses on all major school subjects, drawing from WNET’s vast archive of PBS and locally produced content. See schedule.
  • NJTV Learning Live airs weekdays from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., featuring on-air classes taught by some of New Jersey’s finest public school teachers. NJTV’s on-air classroom lessons are livestreamed and archived on

Help keep students learning at home with tools for parents and educators on WNET’s Education site. All resources are free and standards-aligned.