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Arizona Edition: The Future of COVID-19 and Choosing the Right Mask

Arizona Edition

While the omicron variant of COVID-19 is weaker than previous versions, it is spreading quickly, and health experts say Arizonans should continue to take the pandemic seriously.

Arizona State University’s Biodesign Institute has been at the forefront of state and national efforts to combat COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic. The institute was the first to roll out a test using saliva in early 2020, and it continues to monitor data on vaccine effectiveness and mitigation efforts years later.

Dr. Joshua La Baer is executive director of the Biodesign Institute. On this episode of Arizona Edition, we discuss the latest information on the COVID-19 virus, vaccines, and the omicron variant. We also pose some basic questions about vaccine safety, the future of the virus, and why masks are still an effective tool to keep people safe.

Lou grew up in Tucson and has a long family history in the state of Arizona. He began his public radio career in 1988 at KNAU in Flagstaff as a classical music DJ and has been hooked on public radio since, transitioning to news after trying his hand at several other careers in publishing and commercial broadcasting. Lou has a degree in American Studies from Arizona State University and was KAWC's Morning Edition host for two and half years before becoming News and Operations Director.
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