Doctor in southern Illinois town of Murphysboro: ‘COVID is hitting us hard in this part of the state’

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This illustration, created at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), reveals ultrastructural morphology exhibited by coronaviruses. Note the spikes that adorn the outer surface of the virus, which impart the look of a corona surrounding the virion, when viewed electron microscopically. A novel coronavirus, named Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), was identified as the cause of an outbreak of respiratory illness first detected in Wuhan, China in 2019. The illness caused by this virus has been named coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

Family Medicine Specialist in Murphysboro, IL Dr. Jeffery Ripperda joins John Williams on the show to explain how COVID has affected smaller communities in a huge way. Hospitals are full, resources are stretched thin, and the staff is overworked.

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