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On Breakthrough, a new series from the Prognosis podcast, we explore how the pandemic is changing our understanding of healthcare and medicine. We start with an examination of long Covid, a mysterious new illness that has stumped doctors attempting to treat symptoms that last for months and potentially years. It has changed the way hospitals work and forced healthcare officials to prepare for the next pandemic. Covid has also opened the door to revolutionary technology: messenger RNA vaccines. It’s a technology that never could have been proven so quickly outside the crucible of that first pandemic year, 2020, and it holds big implications for the future of medicine.

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On Breakthrough, a new series from the Prognosis podcast, we explore how the pandemic is changing our understanding of healthcare and medicine. We start with an examination of long Covid, a mysterious new illness that has stumped doctors attempting to treat symptoms that last for months and potentially years. It has changed the way hospitals work and forced healthcare officials to prepare for the next pandemic. Covid has also opened the door to revolutionary technology: messenger RNA vaccines. It’s a technology that never could have been proven so quickly outside the crucible of that first pandemic year, 2020, and it holds big implications for the future of medicine.

    Part Eight: The Future of mRNA

    Part Eight: The Future of mRNA

    Covid-19 is just the beginning for messenger RNA vaccines. Researchers are testing shots across a range of diseases, from cancer to malaria, HIV or even multiple sclerosis. There’s no guarantee the technology will work beyond infectious diseases, but if it does, it could transform medicine.
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    • 31 min
    Part Seven: The Vaccine Race

    Part Seven: The Vaccine Race

    Two biotech companies, Germany’s BioNTech and the U.S.’s Moderna, decided in January 2020 to wager their futures on developing a messenger RNA shot to fight Covid-19. What ensued was a head-spinning race to bring a vaccine to market quicker than ever before.
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    • 38 min
    Part Six: Unlikely Heroes

    Part Six: Unlikely Heroes

    The messenger RNA vaccines against Covid-19 seem to have emerged out of nowhere. But they’re based on decades of painstaking work, done in relative obscurity, by researchers who believed in the promise of the technology even if few others did.
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    • 40 min
    Part Five: The Covid Fortress

    Part Five: The Covid Fortress

    On the outside, city hospitals look just as they always have: big glass and steel buildings, an ER entrance with ambulances coming and going. But on the inside, Covid has completely transformed the hospital experience for patients, their families -- and for doctors and hospital staff. Once held in high esteem as the place where doctors performed miracles, hospitals have become more sombre places under the staggering weight of illness and death even as communities increasingly view them through the lens of vaccine misinformation and mistrust.
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    • 32 min
    Part Four: Covid’s Long, Scary Tail

    Part Four: Covid’s Long, Scary Tail

    The loss of the sense of smell affects almost one in every two people who get Covid-19. Usually it resolves within a week or two. But for some, like Dr. Alex McCutchan, smell and taste distortions persist for a year, leaving an invisible illness that disrupts daily life. Scientists like Leah Beauchamp are learning that its significance doesn’t end there. In this episode, Bloomberg’s Jason Gale meets two best friends who are exploring long Covid’s potentially scary, lifelong consequences. 
    Story has been updated to correct Alex McCutchan's name.
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    • 29 min
    Part Three: Rehab for Long Haulers

    Part Three: Rehab for Long Haulers

    Neuroscientist David Putrino doesn’t profess to understand why some Covid-19 survivors suffer persistent symptoms or how to cure them, but he’s finding ways to help “long haulers” take control of their symptoms. In this episode, Bloomberg’s Jason Gale takes a virtual tour of Putrino’s Manhattan long Covid rehab clinic to chronicle patients’ journey to recovery.
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    • 33 min

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Redrose222 ,

Better places to understand vaccine hesitancy

If you want to know why people are vaccine hesitant, go listen to the growing body of censored doctors, scientists and journalists. The HighWire is a great place to start (podcast and videos). Same with Children’s Health Defense with Robert Kennedy, their board of directors are made up of very impressive Ivy League doctors.

For crying out loud, the COVID vaccine isn’t FDA approved (only emergency approval) and the companies have zero liability if it kills or injures you. If you take it you’re participating in a medical trial, and it doesn’t reduce the risk of transmission, only symptoms.

For one of them (AstroZenica I think?) a few months into human testing, they vaccinated the control group. So now there’s no control group to compare to when looking at long term side effects.

Oh, and this podcast is by Bloomberg, who is financially tied to Bill Gates and the vaccine industry. Don’t get your vaccine information from the people who profit from it, look to independent journalists.

Hiboat ,

Public service announcement

I have been waiting for a civilized critique of the pandemic and vaccine cures. I am persuaded that the loudest voices against COVID-19 vaccination predicate their opposition on conspiratorial misconduct by those for whom the public should trust. I’m sorry but on balance, the fear and mistrust of the vaccine that is sown by opponents is incredibly more perilous to societal health than the few well documented issues with the vaccines. The opposition arguments are made irresponsibly and are done without consequence. This podcast has laid out the issues in this debate and the consequences of inaction. They have truly provided a public service and for that I thank you.

BattyWendy ,

Excellent!

Very interesting and well researched. However, I’d like to add that although I disagree with Robert Kennedy’s stance on vaccines, I think he was correct when he said that he was censored when he was banned from Instagram. I think Instagram was incorrect to ban him. But thank you for a very interesting and engaging podcast!

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