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.

You’ve tested positive for COVID-19.  Now what?

As more people get tested for COVID-19, many are left wondering what a positive diagnosis actually means. Augusta University Health’s Chief Medical Officer Dr. Phillip Coule is available to explain what to expect and answer the most asked coronavirus questions. View and download a video of Dr. Coule explaining the details of testing positive for COVID-19.

Helping autistic people and their families cope with routine disruptions

 The abrupt disruption to routine caused by the COVID-19 health crisis hit some people hard, especially those with autism. April is World Autism Month, and Augusta University Health Psychiatrist Dr. Dale Peeples is available to offer advice on how people on the autism spectrum and their families can cope with the pandemic.

 Protecting your kids in the pandemic

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends wearing a face mask when leaving the house to slow the spread of COVID-19. However, are they suitable for infants and children? Schedule an interview with Dr. Natalie Lane, medical director of the Children’s Hospital of Georgia Emergency Department, to learn how to keep your children healthy and safe during the pandemic.

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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