Coronavirus: What You Need To Know

The new coronavirus and the disease it causes, COVID-19, have interrupted our lives in countless ways. Our coverage details the medical issues surrounding coronavirus -- and the way it's changing the Midwest.

Andrew Peterson isn’t one to stay still, but he’s had to get creative since COVID cancelled the marathons and competitions he’d normally be running in. Seth Johnson interviewed him and his father for Side Effects Public Media as part of an audio diary project for our Move to Include series.

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The CEO of IU Health is speaking publicly about racism as a public health crisis, and says Black leaders in the organization want more training dedicated to being “actively anti-racist” in culture. 

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The work that people in public health do is often not very visible. It’s usually focused on long-term impacts like improving maternal health and encouraging flu shots. But when the COVID-19 pandemic hit the U.S. last spring, public health workers were thrown into the spotlight seemingly overnight. And this sudden shift has taken a huge toll on them. 

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As soon as COVID-19 hit, there was a massive jump in telemedicine visits. A Centers for Disease Control study found that in March 2020 there was a 154% increase compared to the previous year.

Now it’s clear the coronavirus has dramatically changed the way Americans get medical care. But some of these virtual options remain out of reach for the most vulnerable populations, like seniors.

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The Indiana Department of Correction will conduct a "comprehensive review" of the Indiana Women’s Prison, according to an email sent to staff on Friday. 

The department will examine the facility’s “operations, programs, treatment services, maintenance and situational readiness.” The email says the decision to conduct the review follows complaints about the prison over the past couple of years. 

Preguntas Sobre COVID-19 - English Version

Jan 14, 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic has hit the Latino community particularly hard, and information about the virus is not always readily available in Spanish at the local level. To answer questions and fill information gaps, Side Effects Public Media convened a panel of three health workers who work closely with Latino Hoosiers throughout the state. Side Effects reporter Sebastián Martínez Valdivia spoke with Gabriela Lemus, community health worker for Health Visions Midwest in Fort Wayne; Indianapolis-based pulmonary disease specialist Dr. Jorge Morales-Estrella; and Guillermo Guevara, community health worker and multicultural liaison at Echo Division Street Family Clinic in Evansville.

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At Riley Hospital for Children there's been a jump in emergency room visits related to mental health and suicide. From March to December, these visits increased 61 percent compared to the same months in 2019.

Hilary Blake, a psychologist at the Indianapolis hospital, says there is a mental health crisis in Indiana.

¿Preguntas Sobre COVID-19?

Jan 8, 2021

La pandemia de COVID-19 ha golpeado particularmente fuerte a la comunidad latina, y a veces la información sobre el virus no está disponible en español a nivel local. Para contestar las preguntas y remediar la falta de información, Side Effects Public Media convocó un panel de tres trabajadores de salud que trabajan atentamente con los Hoosiers latinos por todo el estado. Sebastián Martínez Valdivia, periodista de Side Effects, habló con Gabriela Lemus, promotora de salud con Health Visions Midwest en Fort Wayne; el Dr. Jorge Morales-Estrella, especialista en enfermedades pulmonares en Indianápolis; y Guillermo Guevara, trabajador de salud comunitaria e intermediario multicultural en Echo Division Street Family Clinic en Evansville.


La pandemia de COVID-19 ha golpeado particularmente fuerte a la comunidad latina, y a veces la información sobre el virus no está disponible en español a nivel local. Para contestar las preguntas y remediar la falta de información, Side Effects Public Media convocó un panel de tres trabajadores de salud que trabajan atentamente con los Hoosiers latinos por todo el estado. Sebastían Martínez Valdivia, periodista de Side Effects, habló con Gabriela Lemus, promotora de salud con Health Visions Midwest en Fort Wayne; el Dr. Jorge Morales-Estrella, especialista en enfermedades pulmonares en Indianápolis; y Guillermo Guevara, trabajador de salud comunitaria e intermediario multicultural en Echo Division Street Family Clinic en Evansville.


How This School Nurse Handles Work During COVID-19

Jan 8, 2021
Courtesy Of Jen BarbouRoske

The COVID-19 pandemic has been challenging for Midwestern school districts as they balance their students’ education and safety. At the forefront are school nurses, who are responsible for screening kids for COVID-19, notifying parents and even contact tracing. And that’s on top of their regular duties.

Chicago Mural Honors COVID's Essential Workers

Jan 6, 2021
Judith Ruiz-Branch

On Chicago’s Southwest side, a colorful mural pays tribute to America’s essential workers. It features three of the community’s very own: Rosalinda, a retail clerk; Javier, a postal carrier and Juan, a butcher shop worker. Underneath their portraits are the words El Corazon de Chicago: The heart of Chicago.

COVID-19: El Proceso De Vacunación

Dec 28, 2020
Courtesty of Indiana State Department of Health

A medida que comienza el proceso de vacunación, America Amplified recopila y organiza las respuestas de los peritos ante las preguntas de los oyentes de la radio pública de todo el país. Estas preguntas provienen de nuestras emisoras asociadas.

Para la versión en inglés, haga clic aquí.

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On Dec. 4, Dr. Susan Moore posted a video from her hospital bed in the Indianapolis area. Short of breath and with an oxygen tube in her nose, she said that she was denied proper care while being treated for COVID-19.

Less than three weeks later, she died from the virus. 


Courtesy of IU Health.

Medical professionals across the country are being vaccinated against COVID-19. For Dr. Gabriel Bosslet, a pulmonologist in Indianapolis, it was a day he'll never forget. He spoke with Side Effects Public Media's Carter Barrett, before getting the vaccine — and just hours after the first dose.

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