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.

Teens who vape may increase risk for COVID-19, expert says

A new study shows teenagers and young adults who vape may be at greater risk of contracting COVID-19. The research found those who vape were five times more likely to become infected with the coronavirus compared to those who did not use the e-cigarettes. Speak with Christine O’Meara, community outreach coordinator at the Georgia Cancer Center, to learn more about the prolonged side effects of vaping, especially during the global health crisis.

Augusta University launches new series highlighting frontline workers

In a new series chronicling the experiences of Augusta University heroes on the frontlines of the coronavirus pandemic, meet the caregivers from across the institution to find out what they’re seeing and feeling, as well as what they’re learning about this novel disease. Consider scheduling an interview with one of our heroes to share their story. Watch Dr. Rodger MacArthur, an infectious disease expert at Augusta University Health, speak on his experience of treating patients during the global health 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

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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