This is the Radio Boston rundown for Dec. 21. Tiziana Dearing is our host.
- President Biden announced a plan today to expand coronavirus test sites, distribute a half-billion at-home free tests, and send more resources to hospitals, as the omicron variant sets off waves of infections and alarm bells across the country. Also today, Gov. Baker issued a mask advisory and announced he is sending the National Guard to help hospitals deal with the surge of COVID patients. We’ll get perspective on both developments from Kimberly Atkins Stohr of the Boston Globe.
- It’s beginning to feel a lot like ... March 2020. COVID cases and hospitalizations are up. Holiday parties are back online, and just about everyone has a question about boosters, rapid tests, and how to gather safely. In this week’s installment of “Ask the Docs,” we’ll take your calls and get expert advice from Dr. Shira Doron, an epidemiologist at Tufts Medical Center, and Dr. Daniel Bourque, infectious disease expert at Boston Medical Center, where he specializes in global health, travel, and tropical medicine.
This program aired on December 21, 2021.