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Corona-Angst on two continents: Watching coronavirus panic unfold at home while abroad in Austria

Former Atlanta magazine editor Rebecca Burns, on vacation in Austria last week as COVID-19 was declared a pandemic, describes what it was like to watch the disaster response unfold in two countries at once.
Atlanta coronavirus updates

Atlanta’s latest coronavirus updates: Tuesday, March 17

On Monday, as many kids adjusted to being homeschooled (or just home) for the time being, we saw Georgia’s positive coronavirus cases jump and the mayor impose a new restriction on public gatherings. Here’s your Tuesday morning update.
Coronavirus FAQ Atlanta how do I prepare for coronavirus COVID-19

Don’t panic: Your guide to navigating coronavirus in Atlanta

Do I need a mask? Does hand sanitizer work? How much will it cost me to get tested? All of your COVID-19 questions, answered.
Outkast TRL 2003

The CDC says to wash your hands for 20 seconds. 9 Atlanta songs to help you keep time.

If you can sing the chorus of "Ms. Jackson," you're washing your hands for 20 seconds, the amount of time the CDC recommends to help prevent the spread of coronavirus and other illnesses.
CDC in Atlanta, 1945

Before battling ebola, the CDC began in downtown Atlanta with one focus: malaria

The Communicable Disease Center, first located on Peachtree Street in downtown, initially focused on eradicating malaria. But Dr. Joseph Mountin pushed to expand its mission to other diseases. With financial support from Coca-Cola tycoon and philanthropist Robert Woodruff, the CDC did exactly that.
Waycross, Georgia cancer cluster

Why are so many people getting rare cancers in this small Georgia town?

After multiple rare cancers have been diagnosed in Waycross, Georgia, the city grapples with a profound question: What if the industries that gave us life are killing us?
Georgia opioid crisis

At the nation’s largest opioid conference, Georgians call for new ways to battle the epidemic

This week people from Atlanta to Alaska traveled to the Hyatt Regency for the 2018 National Rx Drug Abuse and Heroin Summit, the country’s largest conference devoted to the opioid crisis.

A Georgia sperm bank, a troubled donor, and the secretive business of babymaking

When customers of Xytex uncovered the truth about one of its sperm donors, Chris Aggeles, the disclosure set off more than a dozen lawsuits—exposing an industry that can shatter lives while helping to create them.
Big Chicken

Consumers want antibiotic-free chicken. Can companies and farmers afford it?

Antibiotics don’t just fight infections; they also fatten chickens. In an excerpt from her new book, Big Chicken, Atlanta journalist Maryn McKenna explores how consumer demand is forcing huge companies, such as Perdue and Chick-fil-A, to go antibiotic-free.
Lens on the CDC

The CDC celebrates its longtime photographer, Jim Gathany

Since 1986 photographer Jim Gathany has documented the inner workings of the Centers for Disease Control, snapping images of visiting presidents, lab scientists at work, even mosquitoes as they feast on his own blood.

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