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caption: People walk and jog around the perimeter of Green Lake on Monday, May 18, 2020, in Seattle.
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People walk and jog around the perimeter of Green Lake on Monday, May 18, 2020, in Seattle.
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Mask-shaming: tempting, but unhelpful

Are you wearing a mask? Are you shaming those who aren’t? Would you participate in a clinical trial? How would you feel if you learned your workplace was going to become a COVID-19 epicenter? And, in a non-coronavirus moment: a talk with the man who saw Mt. St. Helens erupting forty years ago and flew directly towards it.

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Casey Martin on masks

Today is the day that King County residents are meant to be wearing facial coverings when in public. But are they? KUOW’s intrepid Casey Martin, wearing a mask, went into the community to see.

Pandemic shaming

If you see someone and they’re not wearing a mask, you may be tempted to say something to them. But public shaming is not the way to get people to comply with public health directives, says clinical psychologist and University of Washington professor Jane Simoni.

Would you sign up for a clinical trial? If not: why?

Seattle is the home of many clinical trials, targeted toward healthy people and recovered people and active COVID-19 patients. Would you sign up for one? Helping talk through the reasons why or why not is Ben Wilfond, chief of Bioethics and Palliative Care at the University of Washington Department of Pediatrics.

Voices of the Pandemic: Amy Haverland

UW Medical Center’s Montlake campus is home to one of Seattle’s COVID-19 ICUs. But that wasn’t always the case. As part of KUOW’s Voices of the Pandemic series, nurse manager Amy Haverland speaks about how the pandemic has changed her life at work.

Mt St Helens: 40th anniversary

Forty years ago today, Mount St Helens erupted. Jeff Renner is retired now, but at the time he was chief meteorologist at KING5. He describes the day when, as people fled from the mountain, he boarded a helicopter and flew straight at the rising plume of ash.

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