Where We Stand On Coronavirus, Pandemic Impact On Less Close Friendships

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Cashier Druhan Parker, right, works behind a plexiglass shield
Cashier Druhan Parker, right, works behind a plexiglass shield Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020, as he checks out shoppers Cassie Howard, left, and Paris Black at an in Chicago. Charles Rex Arbogast/AP Photo

We talk about some of the latest coronavirus developments, setbacks and variants with an internal medicine and infectious diseases doctor. Then we discuss how missing friendships that seem more passing or insignificant can be more powerful that we might’ve expected, due to the pandemic.

Featured in this Show

  • An Infectious Disease Expert Explains The Latest COVID-19 News

    In the last few weeks, there have been more COVID-19 deaths than at any other point in the pandemic. Now, cases are declining. An expert explains these trends and other coronavirus news including virus variants, and if it’s safe to hang out with someone who’s vaccinated.

  • Why We Miss Our Casual Friendships

    From the people we meet at the local bar to the cashier at the store, we’re seeing a lot less of our casual acquaintances these days. We talk about why we seem to miss people we barely know, and why a wide range of casual friendships is good for us.

Episode Credits

  • Rob Ferrett Host
  • Sarah Hopefl Technical Director
  • Colleen Leahy Producer
  • Dean Knetter Producer
  • Dr. Mary Beth Graham Guest
  • Amanda Mull Guest

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