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Dallas Williams

Associate Producer, "The Source"

Last week listeners asked Dr. Ruth Berggren about elective surgeries, the rate of influenza patients and how to determine whether someone has become immune from COVID-19.

Several weeks of coronavirus data indicate an overwhelming number of the virus’ victims are people of color. Once called "the great equalizer," COVID-19 is instead magnifying inequalities across American economic, social and civic systems.

On Friday, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announced the first phase of his plan to reopen the state's economy, which has been mostly shuttered due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, by May 1. 

County and city leaders face tough decisions and multi-million dollar budget losses due to the coronavirus pandemic. Quarantine and shelter-in-place orders have effectively halted San Antonio’s buzzing tourism industry -- a major source of revenue for local governments.

The federal government is spending $2 trillion to help individuals and entities hurt by the COVID-19 public health emergency. What's in the stimulus package and how could it help you?

For this week's "Ask the Expert" segment, we discuss elective surgery caseloads, the regional supply of personal protective equipment (PPE) and rural facilities readiness to meet coronavirus patient demands.

The global COVID-19 pandemic continues to upend nearly all aspects of life. While residents practice social distancing under a shelter-in-place order, what impact is the public health crisis having on Bexar County's criminal justice system and jail?

COVID-19 poses a more serious risk to people with underlying health conditions and chronic illnesses, including both type 1 and type 2 diabetes. In Bexar County, the coronavirus pandemic is now layered on top of an existing disparity-and-diabetes crisis.

Conditions created by the coronavirus pandemic can lead to more dangerous and frequent family violence and abuse. The method in place to protect the public from the COVID-19 threat is the same tactic predators and abusers often use to inflict harm: isolation. 

The novel coronavirus pandemic continues to be an obtrusive part of daily life. Its entrance has created many problems and has given the world many unanswered questions.

To help us adjust to our changing reality, Bexar County Medical Advisor Dr. Ruth Berggren answers your questions about the virus.

Questions discussed this week include forms of transmission, whether the virus can continue to live as long as air travel is still permissible, information on face masks and if hydroxychloroquine is an effective drug treatment for COVID-19.