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Health Experts Answer COVID-19 Questions

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President Donald Trump speaks during a news conference about the coronavirus in the Rose Garden of the White House, Friday, March 13, 2020, in Washington.

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

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Matthew was a producer for IPR's River to River and Talk of Iowa
Ben Kieffer is the host of IPR's River to River