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Coronavirus in Florida podcast: Fact-checking unconventional claims from public officials

In one example, a county commissioner from Okeechobee, Fla., suggested people hold a hair dryer to their nose to kill the virus.
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. 31, 2020
Updated Mar. 31, 2020

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In the last few weeks, you may have heard some interesting claims from public officials in Florida. You know, the type of claim that makes you scratch your head, or maybe even makes you chuckle.

Take, for example, what Tampa Police Chief Brian Dugan said at a March 25 press conference shortly after Mayor Jane Castor announced that a Tampa police officer had tested positive for COVID-19.

“If you don’t show your butt, you don’t have to worry about contracting it from a police officer," Dugan said. “Just stay inside your house and you won’t have any problems.”

So on this episode, Coronavirus in Florida host Allison Graves talked with Dr. Aileen Marty, an infectious disease expert at Florida International University, to dig a little deeper into some of these claims.

We don’t have a set schedule for the Coronavirus in Florida podcast, but we will 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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