Marking a two-year COVID anniversary with reflection on moments of loss, uncertainty, joy

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This is the rundown for Radio Boston for Thursday, March 10, 2022. Tiziana Dearing is our host.

  • It's two years to the day since Governor Charlie Baker declared a state of emergency in Massachusetts. Two years since the world stood still for many of us. Two years since some got sent home to work, and others realized they could never work from home. Two years since 92 confirmed and presumed cases in the commonwealth seemed like so much, so fast. And two years of loss and fear, heartache and loneliness. But also, in the corners of life, still some joy. We reflect on all of it together today and we start by reflecting with Martha Bebinger, WBUR's health reporter. She has spent these last 24 months deeply embedded in COVID stories, and has lessons to share.
  • For two full years, we've been living in a global pandemic, and for a lot of that time, we didn't know much about the threat around us. So, we turned to the experts. Two years ago today, we held our first edition of Ask the Doctors with Rochelle Walensky, which of course was before she was tapped as director of the CDC. Every day for weeks, and then eventually, once a week since then, we've brought the experts to you to answer your questions, and we do that again today. Dr. Cassandra Pierre, acting hospital epidemiologist and an infectious diseases physician at Boston Medical Center, and Dr. Sabrina Assoumou, an infectious disease specialist at Boston Medical Center and an assistant professor at Boston University School of Medicine, join us to answer all of our COVID questions.
  • Two years of COVID have brought us a lifetime's share of loss, grief and loneliness. As we observe the two-year anniversary of when it really, really came home to Greater Boston, we go out with joy. There has to be a way to acknowledge the births, marriages, graduations, new friendships, personal accomplishments, of the last two years without dishonoring all we've lost, and we'd like to try that together. Two Boston journalists, Kara Baskin, correspondent for The Boston Globe and Meghan Kelly, multi-platform editor for WBUR, join us to look at the bright spots we've seen in the last two years.

This program aired on March 10, 2022.


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