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A woman wearing a mask due to coronavirus concerns walks by a public library, Tuesday, June 30, 2020, in Cambridge, Mass.
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If you're going out to celebrate the Fourth of July holiday, wear a mask. If you want to save the economy and prevent the need for shutting down the state again, wear a mask.

That was the takeaway Wednesday from top health officials at Emory who were emphatic that masks should be mandatory.

Poultry farmer Dempsey Miford walks through his family's chicken house in Cumming, Georgia.
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Over the weekend Georgia saw its largest spike in coronavirus cases since the pandemic began, with experts warning about an alarming rise in the state's poultry and agricultural workers.

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It’s hard to imagine SEC football stadiums at full capacity this fall as the coronavirus pandemic breeds uncertainty about the future of large gatherings. Sports fans and college athletes are bracing for the heartbreak of potentially not having a season when classes resume later this year.

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A global health expert from Emory University is stressing that people in Georgia need to keep practicing social distancing and wearing masks.

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Patients with COVID-19 start developing "virus-neutralizing" antibodies within six days of testing positive, researchers say.

This means donated plasma from survivors might save lives, Dr. Mehul Suthar with Emory University School of Medicine said.

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Georgia Public Broadcasting’s new series What You Need To Know: Coronavirus provides succinct, fact-based information to help you get through the coronavirus pandemic with your health and sanity intact.

Explaining a pandemic to kids can be tough. A new children’s book called Together: Living Life During COVID-19 aims to help. The story received an honorable mention in a children’s book competition put on by Emory University’s Global Health Institute.

GPB's Virginia Prescott talks with author Kevin Poplawski and illustrator Michael Rausch.

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Though not approved by the Food and Drug Administration, the Georgia Department of Public Health is distributing the antiviral medication remdesivir to hospitals with an abundance of seriously ill COVID-19 patients.

Hospitals with 10 or more COVID-19 positive patients on ventilators or patients on extracorporeal membrane oxygenation, which is a machine that takes over the work of the heart and lungs will receive some of the first allotment, DPH said in a Saturday statement.

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An Emory University professor and poet is now the recipient of literature's highest honor, the Pulitzer Prize.

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When Norman Hulme heard Emory was opening its vaccine trial to people age 56 and over, he jumped at the chance.

The 65-year-old grew up in New York, in an atmosphere of science and pharmacology, he said. His father led trial studies at medical centers around the country.

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An antiviral drug is showing promise against COVID-19 in clinical trials, a doctor with Emory University said Wednesday.

Emory University leads the clinical trial (known as the Adaptive COVID-19 Treatment Trial, or ACTT), sponsored by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), which is part of the National Institutes of Health. This is the first clinical trial launched in the United States to evaluate an experimental treatment for COVID-19, and Emory has the largest number of trial participants.

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Universities around the state have either rescheduled or canceled their graduation ceremonies due to the ongoing shelter-in-place order.

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Emory has come up with a test that looks for signs the body's immune system has fought off coronavirus, known as coronavirus antibodies.


Atlanta's Emory University is enrolling participants for the nation's first clinical trial for a COVID-19 vaccine.

Emory's Vaccine and Treatment Evaluation Unit is testing "mRNA-1273," which was developed by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and Moderna Incorporated. Phase I of the study began March 16 at the VTEU at the Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute in Seattle.

The trial hopes to recruit 45 people between the two locations. Participants must be adults in the Atlanta area age 18 to 55. To be eligible, they can’t have chronic diseases or health conditions that affect the immune system, and they can’t be taking immunosuppressive medications.

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Ingrid Bilowich is one of several Emory University law students worried how coronavirus will affect their ability to take the bar exam.

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Laurie Ray is one of several Emory University students scrambling to pack their belongings after getting word all student residents need to leave the campus by next week.

Students wait for a bus as concerns about Coronavirus grow.
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Emory University joined the growing list of schools around the country and opted to discontinue in person classes due to growing concerns over COVID-19.

There are 31 confirmed and presumed positive cases of COVID-19 in 12 counties around Georgia, according to the state health department.

A statement announcing Emory's decision was sent to all students, faculty and staff on Wednesday, March 11 by Interim Provost Jan Love. 

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Emory University is canceling its spring 2020 study abroad programs to Italy amid growing concerns about coronavirus.

The university previously suspended all travel to China for students, faculty and staff.

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Soon after Nikki Giovanni enrolled at Fisk University in 1960, she was asked to leave for expressing “attitudes unbecoming of a Fisk woman.” A decade later, Giovanni was named “Woman of the Year” by Ebony Magazine

Time changed — and the now 77-year-old distinguished professor at Virginia Tech has evolved with them.


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The spread of a deadly new coronavirus is being closely followed by global health officials and the public, with over 31,000 confirmed cases worldwide, over 600 deaths, and 12 cases in the United States so far. 

But along with headlines of quarantines, canceled flights and travel bans comes another threat: misinformation going viral. 


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Spreading lies is not new in politics. However, slickly packaged fictions can move faster, wider and deeper in the digital age.

After the election of President Trump in 2016, concepts like “alternative facts” and “post-truth” became buzzwords. Increasingly, calling something “fake news” became a blunt instrument for discrediting stories, whether based in fact or not.

The term is also being used to educate students at Emory University. History 190: Fake News is one of dozens of “evidence-focused seminars” intended to prepare first-year students for college-level research.

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People struggling with treatment-resistant PTSD may soon have a new course of care: MDMA. When used alongside psychotherapy, the synthetic substance in the drug more commonly known as ecstasy or molly is currently in phase three clinical trials. It’s even been given “breakthrough designation” by the FDA, a status reserved for treatments with significant potential to improve patient outcomes.

But MDMA isn’t the only kind of party drug experiencing interest for therapeutic potential. Psilocybin, the active ingredient in "magic mushrooms", is being evaluated for its potential in alleviating depression. Guided ayahuasca trips are a growing trend, especially amongst Brooklyn and Silicon Valley elites.

Atlanta Judge Christopher Portis recently launched a court program to help homeless defendats in Atlanta. Hear how the new initiative aims to help people get off the streets and navigate the court system.

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There were questions personal and political, silly and serious, but former President Jimmy Carter answered them all with a smile during the 38th Carter Town Hall at Emory University Wednesday.

A packed gymnasium delivered a rousing rendition of “Happy Birthday” to the nearly 95-year-old humanitarian and university professor, who quipped that it only took him writing 33 books to finally get tenure.

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A team of specialists at Emory University will never forget Aug. 2, 2014. That's the day Kent Brantley, an American missionary based in Liberia, became the first of four patients with the Ebola virus to arrive at its Atlanta facility. 

The eyes of the world watched as the Serious Communicable Diseases Unit ⁠— in hazmat suits, successfully treated Brantley and three other patients with the highly infectious disease.

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Your Fourth of July plans may include parades, pool parties, cookouts or the Peachtree Road Race. Tricia Hersey plans to celebrate with a nice, long nap. The founder of The Nap Ministry, Hersey is known to many as a champion of rest. Some even call her the Nap Bishop.

Hersey dreamed up The Nap Ministry while a divinity student at Emory University's Candler School of Theology. Graduate school had taken a toll on her sleep, and consequently her health, so she made the decision to rest. She joined On Second Thought in studio to preach the benefits of rest and share about her ministry, which she sees as a form of self care and social justice.  

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For the past three decades, Rosser Shymanski has played a critical role in almost every program you've watched on Georgia Public Broadcasting. Shymanski, GPB's television production manager, retires Friday after 31 years with the organization. He will say "Aloha" to his colleagues Friday with his final "Hawaiian Shirt Friday," a tradition that has become a mainstay of GPB, just like Shymanski himself.

But before Shymanski worked behind the scenes and won the hearts of his colleagues at GPB, viewers around Atlanta knew and loved him as DeAundra Peek – a character he created and portrayed for The American Music Show on People TV, a public access channel, from 1987 to 2004. The full collection is now archived at Emory University's Rose Library.

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Father's Day is just around the corner. It's a time to celebrate and reflect on how your dad or dads shaped your life — for better or for worse. But, have you thought about how you affected your father? 

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At age 94, former President Jimmy Carter has finally been granted tenure at Emory University in Atlanta.

Carter earned the distinction after serving as University Distinguished Professor for the past 37 years, the university announced Monday.

He'll be the first tenured faculty member at Emory to hold a Nobel Prize and the first to have served as U.S. president.

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Georgia is home to hundreds of thousands of military veterans. The state also boasts tens of thousands of active duty and reserve personnel. Sometimes, those numbers come with four letters: PTSD or Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. 

On Second Thought continued a conversation with New York Times reporter David Philipps about his investigative research on Navy Seals and war crimes. Liza Zwiebach also joined the conversation with her clinical expertise. 

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Images are powerful. It was cell phone video and stills of unarmed black men and women being killed over the past several years that launched inquiries into use of force by police and sparked the Black Lives Matter movement. It's what inspired visual and performance artist and scholar Fahamu Pecou for his new exhibit showing at the Michael C. Carlos Museum at Emory University.