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EPIDEMIC is a weekly podcast on the science, public health, and social impact of the coronavirus pandemic. Hear from some of the world’s leading infectious disease, public health, and other experts. We’ll help you understand the latest science, the bigger context, and bring you diverse angles—from history to politics to virology—depth and texture you won’t get elsewhere. Hosted by Dr. Celine Gounder, an infectious disease specialist and epidemiologist who worked on tuberculosis and HIV in sub-Saharan Africa, and was and Ebola worker during the West African epidemic. The COVID-19 may well be the defining moment of our times. Our lives have changed irrevocably. We need to understand the science so we can care for ourselves, our families, and our communities. And we need voices of reason to help us make sense of it all.

EPIDEMIC with Dr. Celine Gounde‪r‬ JUST HUMAN PRODUCTIONS

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    • 4.6 • 36 Ratings

EPIDEMIC is a weekly podcast on the science, public health, and social impact of the coronavirus pandemic. Hear from some of the world’s leading infectious disease, public health, and other experts. We’ll help you understand the latest science, the bigger context, and bring you diverse angles—from history to politics to virology—depth and texture you won’t get elsewhere. Hosted by Dr. Celine Gounder, an infectious disease specialist and epidemiologist who worked on tuberculosis and HIV in sub-Saharan Africa, and was and Ebola worker during the West African epidemic. The COVID-19 may well be the defining moment of our times. Our lives have changed irrevocably. We need to understand the science so we can care for ourselves, our families, and our communities. And we need voices of reason to help us make sense of it all.

    S1E64 / The Origins of Vaccine Hesitancy / Jonathan Berman, Nadja Durbach and Michael Willrich

    S1E64 / The Origins of Vaccine Hesitancy / Jonathan Berman, Nadja Durbach and Michael Willrich

    "Every generation has generated its own anti-vaccinationism based on very similar concerns." -Jonathan Berman

    Vaccines are a safe and critical public health tool. They prevent crippling childhood diseases like polio. They’re responsible for the eradication of one of the deadliest diseases ever — smallpox — and, today, they’re one of the most important measures we have to end the coronavirus pandemic. But despite these achievements people have been worried about vaccines for as long as they’ve existed and this anxiety is a serious challenge to reaching herd immunity. In this episode of EPIDEMIC, we look back to the 1800s to learn from the mistakes of the first mass vaccination campaigns in the United Kingdom and the United States.

    This podcast was created by Just Human Productions. We're powered and distributed by Simplecast. We're supported, in part, by listeners like you.

    #SARSCoV2 #COVID19 #COVID #coronavirus

    • 23 min
    S1E63 / Chasing the Cure / David Fajgenbaum

    S1E63 / Chasing the Cure / David Fajgenbaum

    "When we think about a virus we don't think as much about the immune response to the virus but it is just so, so critical." -David Fajgenbaum

    Where do treatments come from when there's a new disease like COVID-19? The vast majority of drugs prescribed to treat COVID during the pandemic are actually old drugs. Some of the most effective have been around for as much as 70 years. In this episode of EPIDEMIC, we’re going to hear how David Fajgenbaum's quest for a treatment for his rare disease is helping find effective treatments for COVID — and other diseases — in surprising places.

    This podcast was created by Just Human Productions. We're powered and distributed by Simplecast. We're supported, in part, by listeners like you.

    #SARSCoV2 #COVID19 #COVID #coronavirus

    • 22 min
    S1E62 / Rise of the South Africa Variant / Salim Abdool Karim, Richard Lessells, Jinal Bhiman, and Allison Greaney

    S1E62 / Rise of the South Africa Variant / Salim Abdool Karim, Richard Lessells, Jinal Bhiman, and Allison Greaney

    "It just shows how difficult it is to be reactive with this virus. By the time you've detected something and understood the significance of it you're already several steps behind the virus." -Richard Lessells

    This is the second in our series on variants of concern. Our previous episode looked at the UK variant, and today we’re looking at the variant that emerged in South Africa: 501Y.V2. This variant is not only more transmissible, but has demonstrated the troubling ability to evade the body's immune system and even some vaccines. We'll hear from experts about how the 501Y.V2 variant is able to do this and what it means for our vaccine strategy in the coming months.

    This podcast was created by Just Human Productions. We're powered and distributed by Simplecast. We're supported, in part, by listeners like you.

    #SARSCoV2 #COVID19 #COVID #coronavirus

    • 23 min
    S1E61 / A More Contagious and Virulent Variant (UK edition) / Andrew Hayward, Trevor Bedford, Gard Nelson, and Graham Medley

    S1E61 / A More Contagious and Virulent Variant (UK edition) / Andrew Hayward, Trevor Bedford, Gard Nelson, and Graham Medley

    "I had been assuming that my life and everyone else's life would get closer to normal in March. This [variant] has me worried that it won't be March, that we'll have a spring wave and I don't know how big that will be." -Trevor Bedford

    This winter a new, more contagious variant of SARS-CoV-2 arose in the United Kingdom: B.1.1.7. The CDC estimates that this will become the dominant strain of coronavirus in the United States by March. This is the first of several episodes on the science and policy implications of the new coronavirus variants emerging out of the UK, South Africa, and Brazil. This episode will discuss how new variants are created, why we need to worry about B.1.1.7, and what this all means for public health in the coming months.

    This podcast was created by Just Human Productions. We're powered and distributed by Simplecast. We're supported, in part, by listeners like you.

    #SARSCoV2 #COVID19 #COVID #coronavirus

    • 20 min
    S1E60 / On the Hunt for the Next Pandemic Virus / Tony Goldberg, Adam Bailey, Jennifer Gardy, and Sagan Friant

    S1E60 / On the Hunt for the Next Pandemic Virus / Tony Goldberg, Adam Bailey, Jennifer Gardy, and Sagan Friant

    "When we interact with nature there are unpredictable and weird mechanisms by which pathogens might be able to move between the species." -Tony Goldberg

    There’s a lot we don’t know about the origin of the SARS-CoV-2 virus but there is a consensus that it came from animals. This is called zoonosis. HIV, Zika, and Ebola were all viruses in animals before jumping to humans. This is a serious problem. Most new or emerging infectious diseases are the result of zoonotic transmission and we’re seeing more zoonotic diseases appear at a faster rate than ever before. In this episode of EPIDEMIC, we speak to some of the scientists looking for the next potential pandemic virus and what could be done to reduce the risk of spillover events in the future.

    This podcast was created by Just Human Productions. We're powered and distributed by Simplecast. We're supported, in part, by listeners like you.

    #SARSCoV2 #COVID19 #COVID #coronavirus

    • 25 min
    S1E59 / A Perfect Storm for Depression - Deaths of Despair Part II / Anne Case and Roy Perlis

    S1E59 / A Perfect Storm for Depression - Deaths of Despair Part II / Anne Case and Roy Perlis

    "This is not like a lot of the other disasters that people have studied. It looks a lot more like what you'd expect to see in people who have lived through a war. " -Roy Perlis

    This is the second in our two-part series about deaths of despair during the pandemic. We speak with experts and review the latest data on how the pandemic is affecting rates of depression, anxiety, and even suicide in the United States. We’ll look back at what was driving these deaths before the pandemic, the impact of the economic fallout on depression, and how this crisis may change access to mental health services in the future.

    This podcast was created by Just Human Productions. We're powered and distributed by Simplecast. We're supported, in part, by listeners like you.

    #SARSCoV2 #COVID19 #COVID #coronavirus

    • 23 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
36 Ratings

36 Ratings

Ambar16 ,

Gold mine of authentic covid information

Out of the world! OTW. Dr Céline brings the best out from very knowledgeable guests. Worth a listen in these covid times! Keep it up.

bunnyhero ,

the best covid-19 podcast hands down

why? people with actual medical backgrounds, unafraid to discuss the political causes and effects.

Jo444444448 ,

Great podcast... but about those volume levels...

Very informative pod! Lots of good info and historical context.
But...Please fix the widely varying volume levels between people during a single ep - it’s abrupt and irritating to have to turn up and down as each person speaks in order to hear some voices and to then avoid the subsequent loudness of others. It’s a common pod issue, and usually makes me just turn it off, unfortunately

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