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Roberto Martinez

A huge swath of the American workforce is unable to work from home, and the repercussions of a crowded workplace, rather than one that is social-distanced, are gradually becoming clear. This week on Petrie Dish, Texas Public Radio's explainer podcast about the coronavirus, we hear from essential workers about their worries on the job and their struggle to stay safe.

Medical workers wearing protective masks and suits treat patients at the pulmonology unit at the hospital in Vannes where patients suffering from coronavirus disease (COVID-19) are treated.
Stephane Mahe | Reuters

There is a glimmer of hope in the search for treatments for COVID-19.  The Food and Drug Administration has approved the antiviral remdesivir for emergency use for hospitalized patients with COVID-19.

Roberto Martinez

In past viral outbreaks, pregnant women have been at heightened risk of severe symptoms, sometimes leading to birth defects and complications during delivery. This week on Petrie Dish, TPR's weekly explainer on the coronavirus, we ask what COVID-19 means for pregnancy, and how women are adjusting to the new uncertainties this pandemic has created.

Roberto Martinez

Creating a brand-new drug is painstaking and tricky — under normal circumstances. In the age of coronavirus, drug researchers are working in overdrive. This week on Petrie Dish, TPR's explainer podcast about the virus pandemic, we hear from the experts trying to balance safety and speed in their search for a cure, and from a woman who suffered the side effects from that search.

Roberto Martinez

If you’re diagnosed with COVID-19, one of your first conversations will likely be with a nurse. And during your journey to recovery, nurses will be stationed at your side every step of the way. This week on Petrie Dish, TPR's weekly show on the coronavirus, nurses describe how they're adjusting to this sudden new role in the front lines of the crisis.

Roberto Martinez

Almost overnight, "flatten the curve" became a national motto. This week on Petrie Dish, TPR's weekly podcast about the coronavirus, we unpack the origins of that phrase with a public health expert who helped popularize it. And, we hear from reporters across Texas about some of the negative consequences of quarantine, from a spike in domestic violence reports to the relocation of migrants in camps along the U.S.-Mexico border. 

Courtesy of South Texas Blood & Tissue Center

COVID-19 has no proven cure, but a possible treatment for the disease might flow through the veins of people who recently recovered. The FDA is leading an emergency program to find out if COVID-19 can be treated with antibodies found in the plasma of recovered patients. 

Roberto Martinez

In the span of a few weeks, a medical device most of us have never seen or used became a national concern, the signature shortage in our response to the COVID-19 outbreak. This week on Petrie Dish, TPR's explainer podcast about the coronavirus pandemic, we explore how the coronavirus affects the lungs and how our government, our hospitals, and industrious YouTubers are responding to the vast shortage of ventilators.  

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Paul Flahive | Texas Public Radio

Drue Placette stares at his three monitors, trying to find the right design for a doctor’s face shield he will print using his fleet of more than a dozen 3D printers.

A sign directing people to testing at the Freeman Coliseum.
Bonnie Petrie | Texas Public Radio

Earlier this week President Trump said 1 million people have been tested for COVID-19 in the United States. According to a COVID tracking website, fewer than 36,000 of those people are in Texas and fewer than 2,000 are in San Antonio