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Charlotte Talks: Your Questions About Coronavirus Answered


Monday, March 16, 2020

Now that cases of COVID-19 have appeared in the Charlotte area, Mike Collins and a panel of experts spent an hour answering listener questions about the spread of coronavirus in our community.

The coronavirus has invaded the United States in every way. It is consuming our media, the attention of health officials and politicians and we’re all learning to navigate a landscape that has completely changed.

We were told in advance that Covid-19 would alter our lives – but we didn’t really understand what that meant until major events were cancelled, schools shifted to online classes or closed, people were told to work from home and the stock market began to fall to new all-time lows.

But your health is the most important aspect of this and today, we want to answer your questions. Experts are standing by and we’ll get right to your concerns.


Claire Donnelly, WFAE's health reporter

Jonathan Studnek, Deputy Director, Mecklenburg EMS Agency (Medic). He is a paramedic and PhD/epidemiologist.

Ralph Baric, epidemiology professor in the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health. His research specializes in coronaviruses, emerging infections, virus pathogenesis, drug and vaccine development.

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Erin Keever is Senior Producer of WFAE's Charlotte Talks with Mike Collins. She has been with the show since joining the station in 2006. She's a native Charlottean.