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Podcasts about the life and times of an epidemiologist. I talk to you about everything that goes on in the world and most of what goes on in my life. All from the point of view of someone whose job it is to hear hoof beats and think zebras.

Epidemiological Podcast‪s‬ Rene "Epi Ren" Najera

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Podcasts about the life and times of an epidemiologist. I talk to you about everything that goes on in the world and most of what goes on in my life. All from the point of view of someone whose job it is to hear hoof beats and think zebras.

    Let’s Talk About Walking Away From Arguing

    Let’s Talk About Walking Away From Arguing

    When I was younger, getting into internet arguments was kind of fun, even when said arguments were not productive or had the possibility of becoming violent. As I’ve aged, one of the best things I’ve learned has been to know when to walk away from arguing. Even better, I’ve learned to apologize. I’ve learned good sportsmanship in life, I guess. Let me tell you all about it.

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    • 10 min
    Let's Talk About Religiosity

    Let's Talk About Religiosity

    I'm a scientist, so I get a lot of questions about my religion. Like others have said, many of those questions are more in order to pass judgment or to identify with me than to really get to know me. That's okay. It's how humans work.

    This year, I've seen many people claim to be of one religion but act nothing like it. We see it all the time with the current Administration in the White House, right? We have someone who claims to be Christian but puts their needy neighbors in cages. And their followers, who also claim to be Christian, love every minute of it.

    It's not just a problem with Christians, but they are who I am passing judgment on because they are the people with whom I identify. They are the ones that trouble me because they're the majority in the place where I live, and they are not acting at all like they should. They have too much power, and they're being wicked.


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    • 16 min
    Let's Talk About How We Justify Our Actions in This Pandemic

    Let's Talk About How We Justify Our Actions in This Pandemic

    Have you ever wondered why infectious diseases are a thing? I mean, why do people keep giving things like gonorrhea or HIV to each other? Why do we get colds? The reason here is that viruses and bacteria that cause disease have figured out that we humans just can't seem to stay away from each other and/or follow public health guidance.

    This pandemic would have been over in a matter of weeks if we all would have just stayed home, worn masks and got tested. If we all cooperated with contact tracers, this thing would be a thing of the past like it is in New Zealand and other parts of the world where people did their part to follow recommendations. But no, not us. Or, rather, not U.S.

    We will justify everything we did wrong in the pandemic by saying that we had to live our lives, that life is short, that businesses are people, or that one year off from school could prove fatal. Even as more than 300,000 people (and counting) are dead, we kind of just do what we do, and the novel coronavirus is laughing all the way to the bank.

    Lucky for you, we have these things called vaccines, right?

    So, no judgment and no talking down to you, I'm just going to put it out there that we are no better than one another in how we reacted to the pandemic.


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    • 9 min
    Let's Talk About Faith With a Lowercase F

    Let's Talk About Faith With a Lowercase F

    Do you take apart your car engine and make sure that it is functioning at 100% before you take a drive? Do you check and double-check to make sure that your airplane pilot went to the proper school, knows what to do in an emergency and doesn't have something in their past that would make you think twice about flying with them?

    A lot of what we do day after day -- without thinking about it -- we do on faith, with a lowercase F. We don't really think too much about stuff because doing so would drive us nuts. So, we just go with it.

    Should something go wrong, we do have mechanisms of making people, institutions and companies accountable. And the people who choose not to believe that all the mechanisms to make sure that something is safe are doing their job... Well, those people are in the minority. They may be loud and obnoxious -- or vociferous -- but they're in the minority. Don't be bullied away from an effective public health intervention because they call you names.


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    • 13 min
    A Long Walk in the Woods in the Middle of a Pandemic

    A Long Walk in the Woods in the Middle of a Pandemic

    I finally worked out a schedule whereby I can get more days off and get some rest before long hauls of long days fighting the pandemic. So I went for a long walk and thought about our mortality. Fun stuff... Creatives out there, listen and thank you.

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    • 6 min
    A Call from the Pandemic to Protect Our Source of Knowledge and Wisdom

    A Call from the Pandemic to Protect Our Source of Knowledge and Wisdom

    In which I tell you why it’s hurtful to say it’s okay for older folks to die during the pandemic. When they do, we lose knowledge. We lose wisdom. We lose valuable lessons that we could use right now to deal with all this. Don’t be okay with older folks dying.

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    • 8 min

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