Coronavirus Impact Reports: Week April 27

Rachel Hollander | May 1, 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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MetroFocus hosts Rafael Pi Roman, Jenna Flanagan and Jack Ford.

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Tonight, May 1: The Ethics of Life in Lockdown

It’s hard to know how to act when the world as we know it is changing so rapidly. Cities have become acutely attentive to others in public spaces because we’ve been encouraged to be hyper-vigilant. Is that stranger practicing social distancing? Are they wearing a mask? Are they putting others at risk? Are they putting you at risk? The pandemic has forced everyone to rethink all of their normal behaviors and how they impact others. But what is right and wrong in this new world? Whose advice do you take? How strictly do you follow it? And how much room is there for human frailty when so much is riding on adhering to rules that may often feel more like guidelines? Tonight, from “quarantine shaming” to “quarantine fatigue,” bioethicist Dr. Elizabeth Yuko helps navigate the ethical questions of life in lockdown.

April 30: MTA in Crisis | Escape from New York

On the streets, to aid in social distancing, the City Council, Mayor and Department of Transportation have announced a traffic ban could extend to open as much as 100 miles of streets to pedestrians during the lockdown. But underground, the transit system is struggling and the MTA is facing a financial, health and safety crises. As social distancing becomes the new norm, what will that mean for the future of public transportation? The pandemic has many New Yorkers rethinking their living situation and considering relocating to less densely populated areas. Surrounding states and counties have all seen an increase in new residents from New York City and New York State’s Hudson Valley region. Some real estate insiders say social distancing and working from home means many New Yorkers who moved in to flee the virus may never move out.

April 29: PBS’s “Asian Americans” | Keeping Healthy Through the Crisis

The coronavirus pandemic has created a new wave of anti-Asian sentiment. In New York City, the Human Rights Commission has launched a team to respond to over 100 reports of discrimination and harassment targeted at Asian Americans. But community advocates say official tallies aren’t capturing the magnitude of what’s happening. The upcoming PBS series Asian Americans explores the dark history of that hate. We welcome  Documentarian/Activist Hari Kondabolu to discuss. COVID-19 presents daily challenges to the mental health and well-being of families and children across the country. In response, the Child Mind Institute has become a borderless resource for not only children’s mental health and learning disorders but also the social and emotional support of parents. CMI President Harold S. Koplewicz, MD, joins us.

April 28: Coronavirus Myth Busters

Can mosquitoes infect you? Can it live on your clothes or shoes? Can you get it from your smartphone? Is it safe to bring in the mail, packages and the newspaper? Do homemade masks stack up to standard medical masks? Tara Parker-Pope, founding editor of The New York Times award-winning consumer health site Well helps us answer these questions and more, as she busts some of the biggest myths and misconceptions about the dangers the pandemic poses to our everyday lives.

April 27: The Importance of Local News in Times of Crisis

Making sure we all get trusted and useful information about our communities is always important, but during the pandemic- it is critical. Unfortunately, many communities across the country don’t have a local news outlet they can turn to for trusted important information about how the outbreak is impacting where they live. Tonight we talk with Philip Pantuso, managing editor of The River, a reporting initiative covering the Hudson Valley region where just this past week, 269 residents lost their battles with COVID-19.

April 24: At Home with Our Hosts

From the Hudson Valley to Brooklyn and New Jersey, our hosts Jenna Flanagan, Jack Ford (2020 winner of a New York Emmy Award for hosting) 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.

Firing Line with Margaret Hoover

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

April 24: Marco Rubio

Florida Senator Marco Rubio discusses the push among some states to reopen. He says that we should be guided primarily by what it will take to save lives but also says there are limits to how long Americans can stay at home. As one of the architects of Congress’ relief program for small businesses and employees, Rubio addresses whether the hundreds of billions allocated so far is enough.

PBS NewsHour Reports

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April 29: What We Know About Remdesivir Study and COVID-19 Antibodies

Testing, both for active cases of COVID-19 and for antibodies indicating prior exposure to the disease, will be critical to resuming economic activity. In addition, scientists are racing to develop therapies for people who do get infected — especially those who become seriously ill. Science correspondent Miles O’Brien joins Judy Woodruff to discuss the latest on COVID-19 testing and treatment.

April 26: Revisiting a Doctor on the Front Line of the Pandemic

Back in March, as the United States was just beginning to experience a steep rise in coronavirus cases, NewsHour Weekend spoke with Dr. Alexis Langsfeld, who works in the emergency department of a New York City hospital, now in the epicenter of the pandemic. Special correspondent Karla Murthy caught up again with Dr. Langsfeld on the front line of the outbreak to learn more.

April 25: Homeless Students

There are more than 1.5 million homeless public school students in the United States. But with many of those young people relying on school for safety, stability and food, the mass closures of school buildings all over the country due to the coronavirus have left them even more vulnerable than before. NewsHour Weekend’s Zachary Green reports as part of our series, “Chasing the Dream: Poverty and Opportunity in America.”

Amanpour and Company

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

April 30: Comparing the Pandemic Responses in New York and Seattle

Journalist Charles Duhigg has been comparing the pandemic responses in New York and Seattle – both cities were hit by the outbreak at around the same time, from late February to early March, but today, more than 30% of all U.S. coronavirus deaths are in New York, with fewer than 2% in Washington. Duhigg speaks to Michel about exactly why this disparity developed.

April 28: Why COVID-19 Patients Should Be Going to Hospitals Sooner

Dr. Richard Levitan, an airway specialist who has practiced emergency medicine for over 30 years, is well aware of the urgency of the COVID-19 pandemic. When the virus began to overwhelm New York City at the end of March, he rushed from his home in New Hampshire to volunteer at Bellevue Hospital. He joins Hari Sreenivasan to explain what he learned on the front lines.

April 28: Tim Phillips, President, Americans for Prosperity

The coronavirus will almost certainly come back. That’s the verdict of U.S. chief medical adviser Dr Anthony Fauci, in a stark warning to governments eager to get back to business and reopen their economies. Despite the very real financial pain, polls find that most people don’t want economies to open up unless the virus is under control, but also that a huge majority of Americans fear an economic collapse from this crisis. To discuss this dilemma, Christiane Amanpour is joined by Tim Phillips, who heads up the powerful Koch Family’s conservative advocacy group “Americans for Prosperity.”

April 24: A Mass Testing Facility

A pioneering mathematician and geneticist, Eric Lander helped lead the Human Genome Project, and now–in just two weeks–he has transformed the renowned MIT and Harvard Biomedical Research Lab into a mass testing facility. Lander explains to Walter Isaacson exactly what it will take to scale up the essential testing that will enable our exiting severe pandemic restrictions.

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. Watch Saturdays at 10:30am or stream now.

Saturday, May 2: Is a Second Great Depression Coming?

There’s no way to sugarcoat it. The economic hit that the United States, and the world, is about to take will make the Great Recession of the past decade look like a walk in the park. But will it be as bad as the Great Depression of the 1930s? Financial historian Adam Tooze joins to discuss.

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.

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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

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