Experts available for stories on COVID-19

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As new cases of COVID-19 emerge in parts of the country, 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 coverage on the COVID-19 pandemic.

What is antibody testing? Dr. Coule explains

As researchers work to better understand the scope of the local COVID-19 pandemic, Augusta University Health is now conducting antibody testing to detect whether people have previously been exposed to coronavirus and developed antibodies against it. But how is an antibody test different from the COVID-19 test? AU Health’s Chief Medical Officer Dr. Phillip Coule is available to answer the most asked coronavirus questions. Media can also view and download a video of Coule explaining the difference between a COVID-19 test and an antibody test.

Keeping kids safe in the summer of COVID-19

As states reopen, the public will be gathering again at pools, playgrounds and amusement parks. However, in this summer of COVID-19, Medical College of Georgia Pediatric Emergency Medicine and Infectious Disease physician Jim Wilde offers advice on how parents can protect their children if they plan to be around others.

Temperatures are rising and your face mask is sweaty. What do you do? 

Summer is a few days away, and with it comes humidity. If the scorching temperatures make you feel as if you can’t breathe through your mask, you may be trapping heat inside, according to Augusta University Health Infectious Disease expert Dr. Rodger MacArthur. Schedule an interview with MacArthur to get tips on how to stay safe from COVID-19 while surviving the summer heat.

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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