Augusta University experts available for stories on COVID-19

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As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to dominate the news, Augusta University’s experts are available to share timely, informative interviews on issues ranging from health care to the economy. Below are a few of the news topics to consider for your upcoming stories on the coronavirus.

COVID-19’s impact on politics

In an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19, many elections have been postponed and some are wondering how the health crisis will impact the 2020 presidential election. Dr. Gregg Murray, a political science professor at Augusta University, is available to share insight on how the pandemic may have changed the nation’s voting landscape.

COVID-19’s impact on mental health

As the number of COVID-19 cases surge, nearly half of the United States has imposed lockdown measures restricting gatherings and disrupting the lives of more than 100 million Americans. Although residents can still leave their homes to get food, medical care and exercise, could being quarantined have a lasting impact on a person’s mental health? Dr. Dale Peeples, an associate professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Mental Behavior in the Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University, is available to discuss tips on how to cope with coronavirus anxiety.

COVID-19’s impact on crime rates

Despite fears of the spreading COVID-19 outbreak leading to lawlessness, cities across the country like Philadelphia and Chicago are seeing a dip in crime rates. Dr. Kim Davies, a criminologist and chair of the Department of Social Sciences at Augusta University, is available to speak on how the stay-at-home orders are slowing down crime. 

Photo, video and interview opportunities are available for these story ideas. Call 706-522-3023 to schedule an interview on any of these topics. Also, check out the Augusta University Expert Center to view a complete list of our experts.

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Danielle Harris

Danielle Harris is Senior Media Relations Coordinator at Augusta University. Contact her to schedule an interview on this topic or with one of our experts at 706-721-7511 or

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