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Surviving The Pandemic Winter

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"It really is happening here," Dr. Dan Diekema says. Hospitals are scrambling to accommodate extensive increases in COVID-19 hospitalizations as the state heads into winter.

COVID-19 is spreading wildly out of control in the state of Iowa, painting a concerning picture as we head into the cold and isolating winter months.

On this episode of Talk of Iowa, Dr. Dan Diekema, director of the Division of Infectious Diseases at the University of Iowa joins host Charity Nebbe to offer insight on how to best protect one's own health and the health of others during a pandemic winter.

Later, Rachel Miller of VICE Life joins the program to discuss small steps we can all take to improve quality of life in the coming months.


  • Dr. Dan Diekema, director of the Division of Infectious Diseases, University of Iowa
  • Rachel Miller, deputy editor, VICE Life and author of “The Art of Showing Up: How to Be There for Yourself and Your People”


Charity Nebbe is the host of IPR's Talk of Iowa
Katelyn Harrop is a producer for IPR's River to River and Talk of Iowa