Experts available for Memorial Day stories

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Memorial Day is just days away. However, with COVID-19 cases still rising, many are wondering how the pandemic will impact the annual tradition. 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 Memorial Day news topics to consider for your upcoming stories on the commemoration.

Social distancing while celebrating

 From social distancing on the beach to wearing a mask outside at a Memorial Day event, Augusta University Health’s Chief Medical Officer Dr. Phillip Coule is available to share tips on how to stay safe if you plan to observe the holiday around others.

Tips to avoid fireworks injuries

Many Americans observe Memorial Day with fireworks. However, although fireworks are fun and colorful, they can be dangerous to everyone around them. Schedule an interview with Dr. Natalie Lane, medical director of the Children’s Hospital of Georgia Emergency Department, for advice on how to keep your Memorial Day fun and safe.

Survival tips for the hospitality industry

Business districts are beginning to bounce back, with many stores opening their doors again to customers. However, with strict social distancing guidelines in place, restaurateurs are looking for ways to overcome the difficulties brought on by the coronavirus. Schedule an interview with Dr. Marsha Loda, an associate professor in the James M. Hull College of Business at Augusta University, to get tips on how the hospitality industry can find a way through the crisis.

Teleconferencing and phone 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 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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