Health Experts Answer COVID-19 Questions

Mar 13, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic is changing lives dramatically, at least temporarily.

On this episode of River to River, host Ben Kieffer speaks with Edith Parker, Dean of the University of Iowa College of Public Health, and Mike Pentella, director of the State Hygienic Public Health Laboratory in Coralville, about the quickly emerging public health emergency.

Later in the hour, anthropologist Emily Wentzell talks about the ways different national cultures influenced COVID-19 responses and political reporter for the Cedar Rapids Gazette, James Lynch, talks about response from Iowa lawmakers.

Guest: 

  • Edith Parker, Dean of the University of Iowa College of Public Health
  • Mike Pentella, director of the State Hygienic Public Health Laboratory in Coralville 
  • Emily Wentzell, associate professor of anthropology at University of Iowa
  • James Lynch, political reporter for the Cedar Rapids Gazette