COVID-19

Professor, Christopher Smith gives nightly concerts at his home in Tech Terrace.
Kaysie Ellingson

It’s 7:30 on a Thursday night as I approach the front porch of Texas Tech music professor Christopher Smith. He leans back on his chair, banjo in hand and a glass of whiskey to his left.

We exchange helloes as the gravel crunches under my feet. The music fades to a halt and Smith takes a sip of his drink. He’s settling in for his nightly porch performance. It’s given him a daily routine and has become his way of connecting with his quiet neighborhood, Tech Terrace. But he doesn’t really remember when it started.
 

'We gotta go:' Parched Lubbockites welcome back bars

May 22, 2020
Weston Davis/Texas Tech Public Media

Patrons lined up at Lubbock bars Friday, looking to quench not just a literal thirst but also a need for social interaction.  

 

Lubbock family adapts to round out school year

May 21, 2020
Provided by Lucinda Holt

Local schools are out for summer, an end to what was undoubtedly a hard year for students, teachers and parents. 

 

The antibody test, which is conducted through blood draw, tests for the IGG antibodies.
Public Domain

When Bryce White got the results from his antibody test showing he did have COVID-19 at some point, he wasn’t all that surprised.

He recalls that around the time of spring break, three of the four people in his office tested positive for coronavirus. Having been the only one that didn’t wind up getting sick, when antibody testing became available, he and his primary care physician agreed it would be a good idea for him to get tested.
 

There’s been a temporary reduction in global CO2 emissions during the COVID-19 pandemic, an unintended sliver lining to the mass stay at home orders. Dr. Kaharine Hayhoe, an atmospheric scientist and professor at Texas Tech University says that “we've seen is a massive decrease in air pollution in some of the most polluted cities in the world. In fact, a Stanford University study estimates that it's possible that the quarantine has saved more lives than were lost in some of the most polluted areas of the world because 9 million people die from air pollution every year.

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