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.

Life after a COVID-19 diagnosis

As health care providers work to slow the spread of COVID-19, people are trying to understand what to do if they are diagnosed with this new coronavirus. Augusta University Health’s Chief Medical Officer Dr. Phillip Coule is available to explain what to expect and answer the most asked coronavirus questions.

What cancer patients can do to stay safe

 Since cancer treatments weaken the body’s immune system, cancer patients are among those at higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19. Schedule an interview with Dr. Zachary Klaasen, a urologic oncologist at the Georgia Cancer Center, to learn what steps to take to protect yourself.

Is your online meeting or call secure? Let our expert help

 As a result of social distancing, many are using web conferencing tools such as Zoom and FaceTime for meetings and connecting with loved ones. Although this convenience is ideal, it may leave some conversations open for eavesdropping or hacking opportunities. What should users know about using these platforms for meetings? Speak with Dr. Michael Nowatkowski, associate professor in the School of Computer and Cyber Sciences at Augusta University, on how to stay safe when virtually connecting with others.

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

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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