As the numbers of COVID-19 cases continue to surge and vaccines are gradually being administered, our medical experts update us on the status of the pandemic in Maine.

They’ll answer questions about the vaccine, testing, treatment, spread of the disease and how health care facilities are handling high numbers of patients.

Dr. Dora Mills, chief health improvement officer, MaineHealth

Dr. Michael Schmitz, specialist in emergency medicine and internal medicine, Southern Maine Health Care

At this point in the pandemic, frontline health care workers are dealing with exhaustion and stress. They face a new onslaught of Covid-19 patients to care for, while simultaneously dealing with challenges ranging from child care to isolation and anxiety. We’ll discuss why some frontline caregivers are suffering from burnout, and how hospitals and health care facilities are helping them cope.

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We talk with medical experts about what is causing the surge in Covid-19 cases, new recommendations on preventing transmission, advances in testing and treatments, and what the latest vaccine developments mean for Mainers.

At the beginning of this program, we will talk briefly with Maine CDC director Nirav Shah about the surging caes of Covid-19 in Maine.

Since the start of the pandemic, non-Covid medical care has had to shift gears—not only in how care is delivered to patients, but in how providers and patients have prioritized their health care. We talk about the repercussions of putting off routine or preventive care, how telemedicine is working, and how the pandemic is affecting those with chronic diseases and other serious health concerns.


Maine Calling returns to its one-hour format, airing from 1-2 pm and rebroadcast at 7 pm. 

Along with the barrage of information that we get daily about the coronavirus pandemic, there is also a flood of misinformation. We speak with an infectious disease specialist about what's known and unknown about COVID-19--as well as the downright falsehoods that are circulating. We'll also learn about caring for someone with the disease.

Maine Behavioral Healthcare has announced that a new $14.7 million autism center will open in the Portland-Westbrook area next year, providing outpatient services for not only children, but adults as well. Autism is usually something that is diagnosed in children, so it can be overlooked in adults. Autism was not classified as a mental disorder until 1980, which means that many adults today were not diagnosed with autism as children. We will discuss the signs and characteristics of adult autism, and what can be done to support or treat those who have it.

The financial costs of illness - with or without insurance. Some 46 percent of Americans are unprepared for a $400 emergency expense. Out-of-pocket costs for cancer care can approach $5,000 a year. Learn what help is available for patients and their families when hit with expenses and challenges associated with a major illness.

DNA testing has changed the way we understand ourselves and in how we can identify people’s past history. We’ll explore what information genetic testing can reveal in the fields of medicine, genealogy and forensics, as well as what we do with the information.