Nurses Share Lessons from Pandemic on International Nurses Day

May 12, 2021
Missouri News Connection

This International Nurses Day, nurses in Missouri are raising concerns about the long-term mental health impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as urging the health-care industry to prepare for future health crises.

Report Finds Pandemic Worsened Rural Health Disparities

Mar 31, 2021

A new report from the SIU Medicine School of Population Science, the SIU Paul Simon Public Policy Institute and several other partners examines the ways the pandemic has impacted rural areas.

Sameer Vohra, founding chair of the population science department, said one of the major recurring themes was a lack of broadband access, which increases a sense of isolation when things move to virtual platforms. It also makes it more difficult for people to work, attend school, and use telehealth during a pandemic.

While COVID-19 restrictions of public gatherings are slowly easing, the pre-pandemic normal is still some time away.

An expert believes the economy will look different as we rebound from the pandemic-related recession, and he said some post-pandemic economic trends are already beginning to emerge.

OSF HealthCare

The Southern Seven Health Department is looking for volunteers to help with COVID vaccine clinics.

Emergency Preparedness Coordinator Bobi Cavins said people don’t need to have medical experience to volunteer with the Medical Reserve Corps.

“We have medical volunteers and we have non-medical volunteers. It’s just a group of volunteers that will help with emergencies, or natural or manmade occurrences, that the health department needs assistance with,” she said.

InFocus 105: Renewal

Jan 29, 2021

January is traditionally a time of renewal and new starts. How does that apply to a global health crisis? We'll take a closer look at how new vaccines and treatments are changing the way healthcare professionals are caring for patients and working to keep others healthy. The New Year may also bring new rules that affect how we live and work. We'll explore what some of those options look like, and what you need to know as you make your own resolutions and plans.

Several workers in masks pushing a dolly full of boxes.
Carle Richland Memorial Hospital

The COVID-19 vaccine holds promise for bringing an end to the pandemic. But some have questioned the rapid development of the vaccine — so I talked with some scientists about how pharmaceutical companies were able to work so quickly.

Michael Olson is an assistant professor of immunology with SIU School of Medicine. He saidthe first thing to understand how the body develops an immune response.

Kentucky News Connection

Workers and students who've lost jobs during the pandemic and want to continue their education might be able to receive college credit for previous life or work experience.

Area Hospitals Prepare For First Round Of COVID Vaccines

Dec 15, 2020
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Area hospitals are getting their first shipments of COVID-19 vaccines this week.

The amount of vaccine varies by location, and only portion of the staff will receive vaccines to start. Chester Memorial Hospital expects to receive enough to vaccinate around half their staff.

When it comes to identifying cows, Jake Calvert, a rancher from Norman, OK, goes by the KISS Principle: keep it simple, stupid. 

“Green is for grade cattle. Pink is for our purebred cows, and that's because all of them exhibit just a little bit more femininity than our grade cattle. Yellow is the bull,” Calvert says.

St. Louis Public Radio

The pandemic-shortened Major League Baseball season ended this week with the Los Angeles Dodgers claiming their first World Series championship since 1988.

In his latest edition of Reading Baseball, Pete Peterson says it was a tough season for baseball purists like himself.

SIU Salukis

The SIU football game against SEMO is being delayed a week.

The game, originally scheduled for October 23, will move to October 30.

The Illinois State Board of Education is teaming up with teachers unions to provide support for first year teachers.

High quality mentoring programs are designed to reduce turnover among new teachers and give them a shoulder to lean on.

The number of non-farm jobs decreased over-the-year in all fourteen Illinois metropolitan areas in August, according to preliminary data released Thursday by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and the Illinois Department of Employment Security.

The weekly COVID-19 case count from SIU-Carbondale shows another jump in positive tests from last week.

The unemployment rate is up and jobs are down in all 14 of Illinois’ metro areas.

State Department of Employment Security spokesperson Sam Salustro says there's been drastic changes in the over-the-year numbers for July, but not unexpected given the pandemic. He notes that things are improving.


An annual survey is uncovering the pandemic's impact on health behaviors and attitudes.

According to the 2020 UnitedHealthcare Wellness Checkup Survey, about two-thirds of people said walking is their preferred exercise activity, and it's the most popular among Baby Boomers and Generation X.


The Illinois Department of Employment Security is working with law enforcement to track down those responsible for a fraud scheme involving the federal Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program.

The Illinois Department of Employment Security has uncovered a nationwide fraud scheme impacting every state's federal Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program.

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American professional and collegiate sports are trying to return after having their seasons turned upside down during the current COVID-19 pandemic.

In this commentary, WSIU Radio contributor Pete Peterson looks at how over 100 years ago, the Spanish Flu forced baseball and college football to adjust their seasons to deal with the devastating impact of that pandemic.

The pandemic and accompanying stay-at-home orders have greatly affected many regional services, including utilities.

Governor J.B. Pritzker’s stay-at-home order and the accompanying months of social distancing have greatly affected what buildings remain open, and where people spend their time. 

Modern life requires electricity, and more people at home has changed how it’s consumed.  Aleksi Paaso is the Director of Distribution Planning at ComEd.  He said the times of day in which people use the most electricity haven’t shifted, but the system’s still been affected.

Why Did The Turtle Cross The Road?

Jun 21, 2020

Here's a joke: Why did the turtle cross the road?

Answer: To find food, water, a mate and a nesting location.

Of course, that's not really a joke. Turtles all across Illinois are making their way across the state's 140,000 miles of roadways. Some are looking for food and water, but it's also breeding season. That means turtles are looking for mates and trying to find places to lay their eggs.

Amelia Blakely

Even the way a farmers market operates has changed since the pandemic started as social-distancing practices become more critical for maintaining public health.

In Carbondale, Illinois the farmers market switched to a drive-thru allowing some local producers to sell their goods in a physically-distant manner with masks and gloves. 

Amelia Blakely

For many people, Governor JB Pritzker's stay-at-home order means that to stay safe during the COVID-19, you stay home. But for individuals experiencing homelessness, where can they go to protect their health and others?

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with Emeritus SIU Professor John Martinko about his upcoming Science Cafe, focusing on the 1918 Influenza Pandemic.