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Answering Kansas City's Questions About COVID-19

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Carlos Moreno
KCUR 89.3
A woman wears a cloth mask, as recommended by the CDC and World Health Organization to slow the spread of COVID-19. Photo illustration.

If you're thinking of abandoning CDC health protocols, the presence of COVID-19 variants makes it "vitally important to continue to do those things so we can help decrease the spread," says Dr. Dana Hawkinson.

Up To Date asked the public to send us questions about the coronavirus, COVID-19 and vaccinations, then opened the phone lines for even more queries. When it comes to the three vaccines authorized for emergency use, all are displaying success at "preventing hospitalization, severe disease and death," according to Dr. Hawkinson, who added, "whichever one you can get, go ahead and get."

  • Dr. Dana Hawkinson, Medical Director of Infection Prevention and Control, The University of Kansas Health System
Steve Kraske is the host of KCUR's Up To Date. Follow him on Twitter @stevekraske.
Mackenzie Martin is a producer for Up To Date, Real Humans By Gina Kaufmann, and other podcasts at KCUR Studios. Reach out to her at or on Twitter @_macmartin.
Danie Alexander is the senior producer of Up To Date.