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Today, we hear from Dr. Michael Saag, director of the Division of Infectious Disease at UAB, worked to educate the public about COVID-19 early during the pandemic, tested positive for the disease in March. He’s since recovered and said he feels even more connected to his patients because of it.
It was right before his own diagnosis last spring that he warned, in an AL.com Op-Ed, that Alabama was not prepared for the onslaught to come of COVID-19. Since then, the state has had 174,528 confirmed cases and 2,805 deaths, according to the Alabama Department of public health.
I spoke to Dr. Saag about a range of topics related to COVID-19, including why wearing a mask saves lives, why he’s hopeful but not confident about the vaccine timeline, how treatments have evolved dramatically, why we are failing to contain the disease, how the pandemic was politicized and why, in spite of everything, he remains encouraged about the future in Alabama.
“Outbreak Alabama” will release two or three episodes per week, chronicling the experiences of those directly impacted by COVID-19′s spread, including health care professionals, business owners, city leaders, artists, AL.com reporters and many others.
If you or anyone you know is affected by coronavirus and want to share your story, please email [email protected] For all of our coverage on the outbreak and how it continues to impact Alabama, visit AL.com/coronavirus.
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This is the final episode of “Outbreak Alabama” for now. It does not mean the show is done for good. We’ll call it the season finale. Thanks to all who have listened and contributed. Follow Ben Flanagan on Twitter.
More from Outbreak Alabama:
Voting during the pandemic
Running a haunted house during COVID
Why are hospitalizations up in college towns?
A funeral director’s perspective
Some parents have had it with virtual learning
When your kid gives you COVID
UA students are anxious
Sidewalk at the drive-in
The situation at Auburn
A cluster at UA
Finally, some good news
How are our schools doing so far?
Going back to college
Why do we suck at this?
Close one restaurant, open another
Being black with COVID-19
Are bars really the problem?
Historic theaters in ‘grave situation’
Will the college football season really happen?