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Coronavirus in Florida podcast: Clearing up confusion about ‘community spread’

We talked to Tampa Bay Times general assignment reporter Zack Sampson about the conflicting messages from state and federal officials on the scope of the problem.
On this show, we'll talk to experts and reporters, share the facts behind the spread of the virus and discuss what could happen next.
On this show, we'll talk to experts and reporters, share the facts behind the spread of the virus and discuss what could happen next. [ Eli Zhang ]
Published Mar. 12, 2020

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As coronavirus continues to spread, state and local officials have conflicting takes on how bad the situation is in Florida.

Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, on Tuesday listed Florida among four states where “community spread” has occurred, but a day later, Gov. Ron DeSantis said that’s not the case. So, what’s going on?

Coronavirus in Florida host Allison Graves talked to Times general assignment reporter Zack Sampson about the confusion and try to sort out what “community spread” really means.

We don’t have a set schedule for the Coronavirus in Florida podcast, but we plan to publish more episodes in the coming weeks. You can listen to the latest episode by clicking the “play” button in the audio player above or by downloading it on your favorite podcast platform.

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Tampa Bay Times coronavirus guide

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FACE MASKS: They offer some protection, but studies debate their effectiveness.

WORKPLACE RISK: A list of five things employers could be doing to help curb the spread of the disease.

READER BEWARE: Look out for bad information as false claims are spreading online.

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