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Seg. 1: Coronavirus 101| Seg. 2: Coronavirus News Literacy

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Segment 1: Understanding the basics of what a virus is

With the increase in COVID-19 cases in this country, questions are swirling around the novel coronavirus. We thought this a good time for a Virology 101 primer. Gene Olinger described how viruses work, why they like humans, and why it is difficult to kill a virus once it enters our bodies.

  • Gene Olinger, principal science advisor for MRI Global

Segment 2: Boosting your coronavirus news literacy

When consuming online news, particularly by way of social media, it's important to have a strategy for vetting the accuracy and reliability of the content. Our experts offered tips for thinking critically, red flags that an article may contain misinformation and insights into how reputable news organizations vet the information they share. Plus, resources you can use to filter and rank online content for reliability.

Steve Kraske is the host of KCUR's Up To Date. Follow him on Twitter @stevekraske.
Gina Kaufmann is the host of KCUR’s Central Standard, a talkshow fueled by curiosity and critical thinking. You can reach her on Twitter, @GinaKCUR.
Melody Rowell is the lead producer for KCUR’s Central Standard. You can find her on Twitter at @MelodyRowell, or by email at melody@kcur.org.