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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.

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In the search for answers during the COVID-19 pandemic, San Antonio’s University Hospital has become the largest study site for phase two of Remdesivir clinical trials. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved emergency use of the antiviral drug.

Niq Steele

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. 

San Antonio mayor Ron Nirenberg banned gatherings of more than 50 people, but the order doesn’t apply to restaurants and bars.
Dominic Anthony | Texas Public Radio

The Texas Medical Association released a new chart to break down the risk of contracting COVID-19 with certain activities.

Medical workers treat a COVID-19 patient at the United Memorial Medical Center's intensive care unit in Houston on June 29, 2020.
REUTERS | Callaghan O'Hare

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.

Those actions might have been too little, too late. They might not be enough to flatten the rapidly rising curve.  

Makeshift hospital beds at the Freeman Coliseum. The Freeman Coliseum is one of the places that patients may be held at if hospitals reach capacity.
Kathleen Creedon | Texas Public Radio

San Antonio has continued to experience increasing COVID-19 case and hospitalization numbers over the past several weeks. Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff has repeatedly warned that if the trend goes on for another two weeks, the San Antonio healthcare system will be in the midst of a crisis. 

Dominic Anthony Walsh

Long after recovering from the coronavirus, some survivors report a lingering side-effect: Neighbors, friends, and strangers still fear and distrust them. 

Roberto Martinez

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.  

Dominic Anthony Walsh / Texas Public Radio

Throughout the COVID-19 outbreak in Texas, healthcare workers have expressed concerns about the availability of personal protective equipment (PPE). Local governments have scrambled to put together contact tracing teams. Five years ago, one state senator tried to plan for a situation like the pandemic happening now.

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.