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Colorado Edition: Long-Hauling With The Virus

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Today on Colorado Edition: We look at how gun policy is shaping Colorado’s senate race. We’ll also hear about a post office in Bellvue working to deliver mail through dire straits. Plus, we’ll learn more about the world of COVID long-haulers.

Gun Control And Colorado’s Senate Race

Groups advocating for both stricter and looser gun control measures have long been a source of political spending. And this year, Colorado’s senate race between incumbent Republican Sen. Cory Gardner and his Democratic challenger, former Gov. John Hickenlooper, is becoming a big source of spending for groups advocating for gun control legislation.

Jesse Paul reported on what we can learn from this example for the Colorado Sun, and he joined us to discuss what he found. You can read his reporting here.

Amendment 76

In these final weeks leading up to the election, we’ve been talking about some of the 11 ballot questions Colorado voters will have a say on. Today we're going to look at Amendment 76: the citizenship qualification of voters.

Hunter Knapp, a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Colorado Law School, has been looking at the potential impacts of this amendment, and he joined us to break them down.

Delivering Mail During A Wildfire

Most of us are familiar with at least part of the U.S. Postal Service motto: “Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds.” The Cameron Peak Fire in Larimer County has certainly put that to the test. But as KUNC’s Matt Bloom reports, evacuated residents are still getting their mail.

COVID-19 Long Haulers

The coronavirus pandemic has killed 1,998 Coloradans, and infected almost 80,000 in our state. President Donald Trump has urged the public not to be afraid of the virus and has pointed to his own mild symptoms and rapid recovery from the disease to suggest that there is nothing to fear. Meanwhile, a subset of COVID-19 survivors continues to experience serious symptoms and effects from the disease months after being infected. These so-called COVID-19 long-haulers paint a picture that’s very different from President Trump’s optimistic outlook.

To help us understand the lingering, long-term effects of COVID-19,we spoke Dr. Sean O’Leary, a pediatric infectious disease specialist at Children’s Hospital Colorado.

Our producer, Rae Solomon, also spoke with Chelsey Baker Hauk, another COVID long-hauler for this story.

Colorado Edition is made possible with support from our KUNC members. Thank you!

Our theme music was composed by Colorado musicians Briana Harris and Johnny Burroughs. Other music in the show by Blue Dot Sessions.

Colorado Edition is hosted by Erin O'Toole (@ErinOtoole1) and Henry Zimmerman, and produced by Lily Tyson. The web was edited by digital editor Jackie Hai. KUNC news director Brian Larson is our executive producer. We get production help from Rae Solomon.

KUNC's Colorado Edition is a news magazine taking an in-depth look at the issues and culture of Northern Colorado. It's available on our website, as well as on iTunes, Google Play, Stitcher, or wherever you get your podcasts. You can hear the show on KUNC's air, Monday through Thursday at 6:30 p.m.

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