Here is the Radio Boston rundown for March 30. Tiziana Dearing is our host.
- Governor Charlie Baker toured the new federal mass vaccination site at Hynes Convention Center Tuesday with state health officials, the head of FEMA, and CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky. This comes as Walensky is warning states of a possible fourth surge of COVID-19 cases, and asking governors to pause their reopening plans. To discuss, we're joined by WBUR senior State House reporter Steve Brown.
- Tonight a candlelight vigil is being held outside Holyoke Soldiers' Home to mark one year since an outbreak of COVID-19 devastated the facility. We reflect on this anniversary with WBUR reporter Miriam Wasser.
- We take listener coronavirus questions with Dr. Shira Doron, an infectious disease physician and hospital epidemiologist at Tufts Medical Center, and Dr. Joshua Barocas, an infectious diseases physician at Boston Medical Center and assistant professor of medicine at the Boston University School of Medicine.
- There's no doubt that the year-long pandemic has taken a toll on our mental health. We've seen isolation, anxiety, and fear spike. According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, 4 in 10 adults have reported symptoms of anxiety or depressive disorder during the pandemic, up from 1 in 10 in the previous year. And for young adults, ages 18-24, it's even higher, at 56%. We talk with two licensed clinical therapists who believe sports can provide a useful tool to help open a dialogue around mental health. Jon Cuhna and Jotham Busfield, co-hosts of The Grim Drive podcast, join us to talk about the intersection of sports and mental health.
This program aired on March 30, 2021.