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Published on August 16, 2021

COVID-19 and back-to-school health: Ask questions to Tidelands Health physicians during help line on WBTW Thursday

Get your COVID-19 back-to-school questions answered personally by Tidelands Health physicians during a help line Thursday evening organized by the health system and WBTW News13.

The ABCs of back-to-school healthPediatricians and family medicine physicians will be in the WBTW studio from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 19, to take calls from viewers who have questions about COVID-19 and how to keep their children healthy in the classroom amid a surge in COVID-19 cases.

Community members also can download a back-to-school health guide, The ABCs of Back-to-School Health, at

Community members who want to speak directly with a health care professional can tune in to WBTW News13 on Thursday for the 5 p.m., 5:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. newscasts. The call-in number will be visible on screen throughout the broadcast. The broadcast can also be viewed online at

“With local students settling in at their schools this week, parents and others likely have questions about COVID-19 and how to stay healthy in the classroom,” said Dr. Lucretia Carter, pediatric medical director at Tidelands Health. “From questions about vaccines to face masks, our expert team is here to help. We will be standing by ready to answer your questions via the help line Thursday.

“COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations are rising dramatically, and it’s crucial that everyone has accurate health information to protect themselves and their children from this highly transmissible virus.”

This is the third help line Tidelands Health and WBTW have offered amid the COVID-19 pandemic to help educate the community.


Tidelands Health is the region’s largest health care provider and MUSC Health affiliate, serving the Carolinas at four hospitals and more than 70 outpatient locations. More than 2,500 employee, physician and volunteer partners work side by side with our communities to transform the health of our region – promoting wellness, preventing illness, encouraging recovery and restoring health.