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FiveThirtyEight's COVID-19 podcast is laser-focused on evidence. What do we know about the novel coronavirus, and what do we know we don't know? COVID-19 has pushed Americans into more uncertain territory than most have ever known. Our podcast helps listeners understand what they can be certain about, and what is still unknown. We investigate coronavirus mysteries, debate when it's safe to reopen the economy and keep track of the latest scientific developments on vaccines and treatments. We do it all with FiveThirtyEight's trademark blend of transparency and rigor.

PODCAST-19: FiveThirtyEight on the Novel Coronavirus ESPN

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FiveThirtyEight's COVID-19 podcast is laser-focused on evidence. What do we know about the novel coronavirus, and what do we know we don't know? COVID-19 has pushed Americans into more uncertain territory than most have ever known. Our podcast helps listeners understand what they can be certain about, and what is still unknown. We investigate coronavirus mysteries, debate when it's safe to reopen the economy and keep track of the latest scientific developments on vaccines and treatments. We do it all with FiveThirtyEight's trademark blend of transparency and rigor.

    Russia Approved A COVID Vaccine. Will It Be Available In America?

    Russia Approved A COVID Vaccine. Will It Be Available In America?

    Russia is the first country in the world to approve a vaccine for COVID-19. To do so, they’ve reportedly sped through multiple steps in the testing process. Judy Twigg, a political scientist from Virginia Commonwealth University, talks about the state of medical research in Russia, and the political implications of this move.

    Also, we hear about the people who want to get COVID, for science! And we explore a new vaccine with promising early results.

    • 31 min
    PODCAST-19 Has The Week Off!

    PODCAST-19 Has The Week Off!

    We were no match for extreme weather this week, but we'll be back next week!

    • 23 sec
    Lab-Grown Antibodies Might Protect Essential Workers

    Lab-Grown Antibodies Might Protect Essential Workers

    This week on Podcast-19, we talk about lab-grown antibodies, called monoclonal antibodies, that could temporarily protect people from COVID-19. How soon might they be available for the public?
    We also explore the long history of a COVID drug touted as a lifesaver, and learn about an inhalable treatment that might keep coronavirus patients off ventilators.

    • 23 min
    It's Harder to Get A COVID Test If You're Black Or Hispanic

    It's Harder to Get A COVID Test If You're Black Or Hispanic

    Who has access to COVID-19 testing in America? FiveThirtyEight and ABC News uncover some staggering disparities along racial lines. Also on today’s show, what are safe activities these days? Can you take a taxi? Eat outside at a restaurant? Senior Science Writer Maggie Koerth explores COVID’s murky middle. And finally, we check in on our oceans’ humpback whales. Yes, whales. On a coronavirus podcast.

    • 25 min
    When Does A Pandemic Start To Erode Civil Liberties?

    When Does A Pandemic Start To Erode Civil Liberties?

    Mask mandates have become a polarizing issue across the country, from Arizona to Georgia. So, where do we draw the line between public health and civil liberties? Also, we talk about air -- how can buildings ensure it's safe to breathe during the pandemic? And finally, some good vaccine news.

    • 29 min
    Dr. Anthony Fauci Talks With PODCAST-19

    Dr. Anthony Fauci Talks With PODCAST-19

    Anna Rothschild interviewed Dr. Anthony Fauci about how the U.S. is doing compared to other countries, how American partisanship has influenced our recovery efforts, and how a COVID-19 vaccine might influence the future of vaccine acceptance in our country.

    • 28 min

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