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From Dating to Anxiety to Agoraphobia, How Do We Adjust To Social Interactions Post-Pandemic?

What has a year of isolation done to our social skills? Experts discus how to navigate interactions and expectations, and the stress and safety concerns that come with it.



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As more and more people get vaccinated, the isolation of the pandemic is starting to lessen.

The CDC has updated guidelines for the fully-vaccinated, indicating that it's safe to gather in small groups indoors without masks with other vaccinated people.

Soon it might be safe to go out again, like we used to.

But, are you ready?

Some are excited, but others may be anxious.

What has a year of isolation done to us? What will it be like to re-enter society?

Today, mental health and medical experts talk about navigating social interactions and expectations, and the stress and safety concerns that come with it, post-pandemic.

Guests are:

Robert Snellgrove:

  • Houston psychotherapist

Dr. Susan McLellan:

  • Medical Director of the Biocontainment Treatment Unit
  • Director of Biosafety for Research-related Infectious Pathogens at UTMB Health

Houston Public Media reporter Matt Harab also joins Ernie with reactions from the local medical community about behaviors and safety as COVID restrictions lift and more Houstonians become vaccinated.

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While growing up in Chicago and Houston, Catherine’s love for art, music and creative writing was influenced by her teachers and parents. She was once concertmaster of the Clear Lake High School Orchestra and a four-time violinist of the Texas All-State Symphony. A graduate of the University of Chicago, Catherine...

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