Cloudy with a Chance of Podcast: Coronavirus and weather

A global pandemic has changed our world. The virus, now named by the World Health Organization, as SARS-CoV-2 causes the disease, COVID-19.

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It has killed thousands and is impacting people around the world.

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Chief Meteorologist McCall Vrydaghs and Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini study the atmosphere. They wanted to sit down and talk about SARS-CoV-2 with two experts who study disease and viruses to learn more about this pandemic.

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Dr. Dawn Wooley is a virologist who studied at Harvard University and now teaches at Wright State. She also currently serves on the Board of Scientific Counselors for the Center of Preparedness and Response of the CDC.

Their second guest is an epidemiologist who also teaches at Wright State, Dr. Naila Khalil. Dr. Khalil was a doctor at the Ministry of Health in Pakistan for 12 years before moving to the United States. Dr. Khalil is an instructor for the Master of Public Health Program, where she teaches environmental health, climate change and health and epidemiology.

The women all joined together in a video conference while remaining socially distant. They talked specifically about what coronaviruses are and where the current one originated. Both spoke about how weather can impact its prevalence in the population. Dr. Khalil also explained how a warming climate could impact viruses in the future. Dr. Wooley explained more about how we can stay safe and what vaccines can do to help.

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