Health

Capital Region International Airport terminal
Courtesy photo / Capital Region International Airport

Officials at Lansing’s airport are expressing confidence in their ability to protect passengers from Coronavirus exposure, following news that a person known to have tested positive for the virus tried to board a flight.


Filling of investigational remdesivir vials photo
Courtesy photo / Gilead Sciences

The drug Remdesivir is showing promise as a treatment for COVID-19 patients. In clinical trials, patients recovered several days sooner than patients who got a placebo, and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved its use several weeks ago. Remdesivir’s maker, Gilead, has released 600,000 doses in America. Michigan got almost 11,000 doses, enough to treat 1,200 patients.

To learn more about Remdesivir, WKAR’s Scott Pohl spoke with MSU infectious disease expert Dr. Peter Gulick.


General Motors
WKAR File Photo

Autoworkers are returning to General Motors plants in America Monday, and GM is employing safety measures meant to protect people from the novel coronavirus. Lansing’s two big plants are among those reopening.

Lansing Delta Township Assembly Plant
General Motors

General Motors expects to resume production at Lansing’s two assembly plants next week.


Sparrow Hospital ICU nurses photo
Courtesy photo / Sparrow Hospital

Today is National Nurses Day, marking the beginning of National Nurses Week leading up to May 12th, the birthday of Florence Nightengale.

Health care professionals are at the forefront of the nation’s effort to fight the global COVID-19 pandemic.

To mark Nurses Day, WKAR asked nurses at both of Lansing’s hospital systems to send us their messages to the community. They include Angela Tisdale, Deb Goodman and Carrie Malek of McLaren Greater Lansing Hospital, and Laura Timm, Brooke Smith, Allison Cartwright and Emmy Epling of Sparrow Hospital in Lansing.


Gotcha scooter photo
Courtesy photo / Gotcha Scooters

Gotcha E-scooters are coming back to the Lansing area.


Groesbeck Golf Course sign and club house.
Naina Rao / WKAR-MSU

COVID-19 restrictions under Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s executive orders are being eased. Even though the stay home directive remains in place until May 15th, activities like golf and boating are being allowed.

WKAR’s Scott Pohl talks with infectious disease specialist Dr. Peter Gulick about Michigan’s approach, which is slower than that of some other states.


Charlie's restaurant in Dimondale photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR/MSU

A survey finds that Michigan restaurants anticipate losses of $1.2-billion dollars in April.


Courtesy photo

For Muslims, today is the first day of the holy month of Ramadan.

WKAR’s Scott Pohl talks with Sohail Chaudhry, Imam of the Islamic Society of Greater Lansing, about how COVID-19 stay-at-home orders are changing things this year.


Illustration of Virus
Alissa Eckert, MS; Dan Higgins, MAMS / CDC

A return to normalcy after the COVID-19 pandemic hinges on an effective vaccine.

WKAR’s Scott Pohl talks with Dr. Peter Gulick, an expert in infectious diseases in the MSU College of Osteopathic Medicine, about vaccine development. He says an early key is the detection of the genetic sequence of the virus, something that happened quickly in China.


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