This January, Alaska saw its highest spike in Covid cases due to the Omicron variant. Testing facilities were overwhelmed and hospitals remained strained.

To learn more about Omicron, ATMI producer Grady Cutchins sought out a clinical pharmacist. And he didn’t have to go far. His father, Coleman Cutchins, is a board-certified clinical pharmacist working with the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services.

They sat down in the Cutchins household to talk about Omicron, how it differs from past variants, its effects on vaccine hesitancy, and what could be next in the pandemic. 

They spoke on January 30th, 2022.

Hosted by Zinn Rogers.

Music by Devin Shreckengost and Kendrick Whiteman.


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