With coronavirus testing, hospitalization, mortality and recovery data now being released that includes breakdowns by zip code and race, we are getting a clearer picture of who is becoming ill, and where concentrations of infection and fatalities are located. Northwest Baltimore has more cases than anywhere in MD. Federal, state and local officials have all warned that Baltimore City is likely to soon be one of the next hot spots for the disease in the country.
Today, it’s the Midday Healthwatch with Dr. Leana Wen, the former Health Commissioner of Baltimore, and a leading expert on the pandemic. She’s currently a visiting professor at the George Washington University School of Public Health. Dr. Wen is a licensed emergency physician and the former president of Planned Parenthood.
She joins us today from her home in Baltimore, just a week and a half after she and her husband Sebastian welcomed their second child, Isabelle, into the world. You can see the video diary of her experience being pregnant and delivering during a pandemic, which was posted on Mika Brzezinski's NBC News website, KnowYourValue.com.
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