Experts available for stories on COVID-19

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Dr. Phillip Coule, an expert in emergency medicine and COVID-19 testing, serves as the chief medical officer for AU Health.

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.

Should we all be wearing face masks?

Face masks have become the symbol of the COVID-19 pandemic. However, as states begin easing shelter-in-place mandates, some residents are no longer wearing face coverings in public places. Can wearing face masks keep coronavirus infection rates from rising again? Augusta University Health’s Chief Medical Officer Dr. Phillip Coule is available to share his insight.

What to do if you think you’ve been exposed to COVID-19

 With the number of COVID-19 cases still rising, it has many wondering what they should do if they believe they have been exposed, or if they should be screened even if they are asymptomatic. Speak with Augusta University Health’s Chief Quality Officer and Associate Chief Medical Officer Dr. Pascha Schafer to learn when testing is necessary.

Make your mental health a priority during the pandemic

The COVID-19 outbreak has brought many changes to our lives, and with that comes uncertainty, altered daily routines and isolation. May is National Mental Health Awareness Month, and Augusta University Health Psychiatrist Dr. Nagy Youssef is available to share advice on how take care of your mental wellbeing 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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