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Your Local Coronavirus Questions, Answered

We asked for your questions about how the coronavirus is affecting your life in Bloomington, and you answered: we at City Limits have received more than 1,500 questions about the coronavirus.

We started answering them in the March 26 installment of City Limits and answered more in the March 27 Noon Edition program. And our coverage continues here, at our coronavirus live blog.

Every day as this crisis continues, we will be deliberate in letting you know these answers to your questions, no matter the platform.

Every weekday we'll publish a new City Limits: Coronavirus story, so bookmark this webpage. Our team of reporters is committed to answering as many of these questions as possible on our website, in our social media channels and when possible on radio and television reports. 

But please know – we don’t have the medical expertise for you to describe your symptoms and get a reasonable answer about whether you have the virus or should go to get tested. We'll turn to the experts to find answers, and we will provide general information we hope will be helpful, but please don’t consider our information as a substitute for working with your health care professional.

Thank you for your questions - and your patience, as we do our best to find out answers.

Stay safe and healthy.

Sincerely, 
Bob Zaltsberg

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March 4, 2021

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The Extent Of The Pandemic's Effect On Vulnerable Children Not Yet Fully Known

One listener asks about how children in foster care or awaiting adoption have been affected by the pandemic.

February 11, 2021

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Sample Gates at Indiana University Bloomington campus in the winter/snow, Feb 2021.

You Asked: What Is IU's Plan To Combat COVID Variants?

IU will test up to 50,000 people a week for mitigation testing and does not expect to move online because of variants.

February 4, 2021

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An IU Health worker puts a bandaid on the recipient of a covid-19 vaccine.

What Happens After I Get The Vaccine? Experts Say, More Of The Same

In the last year, more than 450,000 Americans have died from the disease and nearly 27 million have contracted it. World-wide, the numbers top 2 million dead and more than 103 million cases.

January 28, 2021

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Switchyard Apartments

City Limits: How To Get Rental Assistance

When Jacqueline Vega wrote to City Limits looking for emergency rental assistance, she was in a panic. 

January 21, 2021

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This illustration, created at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), reveals ultrastructural morphology exhibited by coronaviruses. The illness caused by this virus has been named coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

Amid Spread Of New Virus Variation, Officials Advise Doubling Down On Pandemic Protocols

“I think it’s time to consider using more protective masks. Surgical masks, isolation masks, N-95s and things like that that are more protective. Maybe those are more important than they were before.”

January 14, 2021

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United Way in Kokomo

What Could Local Non-Profits Do With A $600 Stimulus Check?

Many Monroe County residents have had to take advantage of non-profit services for the first time during the pandemic, leaving many organizations in need of additional community generosity.

January 7, 2021

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Zaira Hernandez

When Can I Get A Vaccine In Indiana? Here's What We Know.

Last month, Indiana began distributing its first doses of COVID-19 vaccines to healthcare workers. The state has focused on vaccinating frontline healthcare workers and long-term care facilities so far.

December 29, 2020

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Doses of the COVID-19 vaccine are seen at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Bethesda, Md., Dec. 14, 2020.

Why Do The Coronavirus Vaccines Have To Be Kept So Cold?

”Why does this vaccine need such sub-zero storage?" one WFIU News listener asked. "Is there something live in it and it’s being kept frozen to stop replication?"

December 28, 2020

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Do Freezing Temperatures Kill The Coronavirus?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says it is simply not known whether weather and temperature affect the spread of COVID-19.

December 17, 2020

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Army Spc. Angel Laureano holds a vial of the COVID-19 vaccine, Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Bethesda, Md., Dec. 14, 2020.

Complete Immunity To COVID-19 Could Take Up To 6 Weeks Post-Vaccination

All the vaccines take two shots. If you were to get one today, you would need another one in three weeks. After the second shot, it will take another 21 to 28 days to be fully protected.

December 12, 2020

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How Are Ambulances Kept Safe During COVID?

According to Kelly Mullis, IU Health South Central Region EMS director, they’ve enhanced existing procedures.

December 10, 2020

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Experts: COVID-19 Deaths Will Increase Over The Next Several Weeks

A listener suggests while there are more cases, there are relatively fewer deaths – and asks our City Limits Series, “Have doctors found more effective ways of treating patients?”

November 19, 2020

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Growing COVID Concerns: 'We Should Have Listened To The Science People'

Curtis Carr is 73 years old. He wrote to City Limits because he says he’s worried about the growing number of COVID cases.

October 22, 2020

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Inmate At Terre Haute Prison Says He Nearly Died From COVID-19

Sharon Harmon, whose brother is incarcerated at the federal prison complex in Terre Haute, started showing symptoms of COVID-19 in late August.

October 15, 2020

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How Have Religious Services Changed During The Pandemic?

Two questioners in recent weeks asked our City Limits project about how faith communities are adjusting to life during the time of COVID-19.

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October 1, 2020

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City Limits: What Happens To Quarantined People After Unemployment Benefits Expire?

As the pandemic continues and another stimulus package hasn’t been put in place since the extended CARES Act ended in July, one listener asks our City Limits Series, "What happens to quarantined people after unemployment benefits expire?"

May 28, 2020

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A man half-wearing a medical mask stands outside Menard's.

Freedom, Safety & Home Improvement Stores: Bloomington Customers Grapple With Mask Policies

As summer nears and the COVID-19 case numbers in Indiana continue to rise, the idea of a packed home improvement store poses new and somewhat unknown health risks.