Many Wisconsinites may be thinking about summer travel plans to northern Wisconsin. University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire geography professor Ryan Weichelt discusses the number of second homeowners in Northwoods communities, and what that may mean for the COVID-19 pandemic.
Contact tracing people exposed to COVID-19 is becoming increasingly important as Wisconsin starts to reopen, but what does the process actually look like? WisContext associate editor Will Cushman discusses how this public health effort is expanding around the state.
The protests to reopen Wisconsin aren't the first time the state has seen a backlash to aggressive public health measures. UW-Madison professor emerita Judith Walzer Leavitt discusses the1894 smallpox riots in Milwaukee and the lessons that were learned from them.
Wisconsin reported 460 new cases of COVID-19 on May 1 — a record number since the state started tracking the disease. WisContext associate editor Will Cushman discusses how case and test data are used by state officials as they consder relaxinng public health guidelines.
After Wisconsin's "Safer at Home" order took effect, how much did the movement of people drop off around the state? WisContext associate editor Will Cushman discusses what smartphones reveal about how much people are staying at home and privacy concerns related to this data.
How can the economic impacts of the 1918 influenza pandemic inform understanding about COVID-19's effects? UW-Madison economist Tessa Conroy discusses the differences between each crisis, including how the current unprecedented level of federal stimulus fits into the picture.
The American public didn't wear face masks widely as COVID-19 emerged, but new guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention may be change that practice. WisContext associate editor Will Cushman discusses how the culture of face masks is shifting.
COVID-19 isn't the first deadly viral disease to have a big effect on Wisconsin. Steven Burg, a history professor at Shippensburg University in Pennsylvania, discusses the 1918 influenza pandemic and how the state responded to it more than a century ago.
With the need for COVID-19 tests exceeding their availability, alongside shortages in testing supplies, health systems and hospitals are seeking to fill in the gaps. Dr. Bobbi Pritt, the director of the clinical parasitology laboratory at Mayo Clinic, discusses how it developed its own test.