Conan Gasque, CBS 42

Conan Gasque

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Birmingham, AL, United States

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Recent articles by Conan:

How people are staying positive during tough times

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — As the nation celebrates Memorial Day, people are remembering not only the men and women who have lost their lives serving the United States, but also those who have died during the coronavirus pandemic. Over the weekend, flags few at half-staff on federal buildings and national monuments in remembrance of COVID-19 […] → Read More

Travel changes forced by pandemic may not end soon

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — Warm weather months are the prime time for traveling, but in the midst of a pandemic travel looks much different. The changes are presenting unique challenges for those who depend on the travel industry, like the city of Gulf Shores. “Our only industry down here is tourism,” Mayor Robert Craft said. […] → Read More

Doctors say mystery illness in children could be related to coronavirus

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — Doctors are warning parents about a mysterious illness affecting children that appears to be linked to COVID-19. More than a dozen children in the New York City area recently ended up in intensive care as a result of the illness, which doctors say is similar to Kawasaki disease, an artery problem […] → Read More

If you’re thinking about traveling, do your research first

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — With cities around the Southeast working on reopening strategies, many people are considering traveling. But before you do so, it’s important to do your research. CBS 42 took a look at the reopening status of three cities that are popular destinations among Alabamians. NEW ORLEANS This popular vacation spot is also […] → Read More

Birmingham’s Lyric, Alabama theaters struggling during COVID-19 pandemic

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) – The coronavirus pandemic has hit the entertainment industry hard with venues like the Alabama Theatre and the Lyric Theatre in downtown Birmingham feeling the economic brunt of the outbreak. The historic venues posted on Facebook recently about the impact of the pandemic, which has forced them to cancel more than 50 […] → Read More

WHO separating COVID-19 fact from fiction

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — There are a lot of theories about the spread and treatment of COVID-19, and the World Health Organization is helping people stay informed about what’s fact and what’s fiction. The organization has addressed questions recently about whether certain household items can prevent the spread of COVID-19 or whether certain insects can […] → Read More

Virtual running event to raise money for Birmingham food bank

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) – Some food banks are struggling to keep inventory on the shelves right now, but a local running organization is stepping up to help one while giving people a chance to get some exercise during the pandemic. On Saturday, Resolute Running will host the “We Are In This Together Social Distance Challenge.” […] → Read More

Proper exercise is important during pandemic, orthopedic surgeon says

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — If you’re not at work during the coronavirus pandemic, then you may be missing out on more physical activity than you realize. Dr. Michael Patterson with Precision Sports Medicine and Orthopedics said it’s important to get that activity, but people need to do it the right way. Exercise has a lot […] → Read More

Jefferson County Schools leaders meeting with students for graduation ideas

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — High school seniors know their graduation won’t be normal this year due to the coronavirus pandemic, but some of them will get a voice in determining what it does look like. Beginning Tuesday, Jefferson County Schools superintendent Walter Gonsoulin will start what he calls a “Listening Tour,” a series of virtual […] → Read More

Skin irritation becoming side effect of COVID-19 pandemic

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — People are wearing masks and washing their hands more often due to the coronavirus pandemic, and while that’s a good thing, it’s leading to skin irritation. Dr. Greg Bourgeois with Dermatologists of Birmingham said he’s starting to see more hand eczema — rashes and breakouts on the hands — as a […] → Read More

How people are helping each other during the COVID-19 pandemic

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — The coronavirus pandemic has inspired people to help others, and there are many examples of that in the Birmingham area. Commercial Sign and Graphics is creating signs to thank healthcare workers. Hairfolk salon shared some pictures of the signs on Instagram. Restaurants are in need of help, but that’s not stopping […] → Read More

NASCAR owner auctioning memorabilia to help during COVID-19 pandemic

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) – Richard Childress knows it’ll be hard to part ways with one of the Dale Earnhardt cars he owns, but he says it’s easier knowing he’s doing it for a good cause. The Richard Childress Racing owner has 44 cars driven by the late NASCAR legend. He’s auctioning one of those along […] → Read More

Gas prices plummeting across country during COVID-19 pandemic

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — Oil prices have plummeted during the coronavirus pandemic, and that’s left us with some of the lowest prices at the pump in a while. For the first time ever, oil prices closed in the negative Monday. And as those prices have dropped, so have the nation’s gas prices. According to AAA, […] → Read More

Emergency rooms taking precautions to keep patients safe from coronavirus

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — Emergency rooms across the country haven’t seen as many patients during the coronavirus pandemic, and some doctors say that’s not necessarily a good thing. Jeff Jones, medical director of the emergency room at Grandview Medical Center, says it’s a national trend with many ERs seeing 20 to 30% fewer patients. Some […] → Read More

COVID-19 pandemic creating challenges for both teens and parents

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — Right now, under normal circumstances, teenagers would be spending a lot of time with their friends. Instead, they’re being told they can’t, something that can be tough on both them and their parents. Teenagers have missed out on big events like graduation and the prom due to the outbreak of COVID-19, […] → Read More

Birmingham businesses and charities helping others during COVID-19 pandemic

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) – A lot of tragic stories have come out of the coronavirus pandemic. But there are plenty of positive things happening, as well. SoHo Social is a great example. The Homewood restaurant is offering deals to help parents and the community, as a whole. They’re also providing food for healthcare workers. Sometimes […] → Read More

Sleep expert explains key to good sleep during COVID-19 pandemic

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — The coronavirus pandemic is forcing people to make many changes to their daily routines, which can sometimes cause problems with their sleeping habits. A sleep expert has advice for how you can deal with that. Dr. Andrew Wilson, director of the Brookwood Sleep Center, said studies show that sleep helps with […] → Read More

COVID-19 pandemic causing concerns for patients with lung problems

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — It’s challenging enough for people dealing with pulmonary problems like lung cancer, but the coronavirus pandemic is making that even more difficult. Dr. Douglas Minnich is a thoracic surgeon at Princeton Baptist Medical Center. He treats patients with cancers of the lung and esophagus and says the pandemic is a concern […] → Read More

Alabama restaurants finding ways to succeed during COVID-19 pandemic

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — The coronavirus pandemic has been challenging for many restaurants, with some being forced to close temporarily or even permanently due to the lack of business. But some are using new strategies to stay afloat. Like many restaurants, Baumhower’s Victory Grille started offering curbside pickup when the pandemic first reached Alabama. This […] → Read More

No shortage of positive messages throughout Birmingham during COVID-19 pandemic

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — It’s easy to get discouraged during the coronavirus pandemic, but there are still a lot of positive things going on throughout the Birmingham area. Even businesses that are struggling, like restaurants, are offering help to those who need it. Homewood restaurant Ashley Mac’s showed its support for UAB medical staff in […] → Read More