A weekly report on the COVID-19 pandemic from infectious disease expert Michael Osterholm, PhD, MPH. Dr. Osterholm is the director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (CIDRAP) at the University of Minnesota and has spent a career investigating outbreaks. Since 2005, he has emphasized supply chain and other vulnerabilities and a critical need for pandemic preparedness. In this podcast, Dr. Osterholm dissects the latest COVID-19 news, data, and guidance.
CIDRAP’s Chris Dall, MA, is the cohost of the Osterholm Update and a reporter for CIDRAP News. http://www.cidrap.umn.edu
Episode 123: Nowhere Land
In "Nowhere Land," Dr. Osterholm and Chris Dall discuss the state of the pandemic in the U.S. and around the world, the latest data on the XBB.1.5 subvariant, and a measles outbreak in Ohio. Dr. Osterholm also answers a COVID query about COVID deaths, provides an update on influenza and RSV, and comments on the new strain of antibiotic resistant gonorrhea that was recently detected in Massachusetts.
Troubling gonorrhea strain detected in Massachusetts, Chris DallSuperbugs & YouBev's Beautiful Place
Episode 122: Shutting Down Misinformation
In "Shutting Down Misinformation," Dr. Osterholm and Chris Dall discuss the state of the pandemic in the US and around the world, China’s struggle to keep up with its dramatic rise in COVID cases and deaths, and the vaccine misinformation that is spreading on social media.
Articles mentioned in this episode:
The bivalent booster outperforms, Eric Topol (https://erictopol.substack.com/p/the-bivalent-vaccine-booster-outperforms)COVID-19 and Excess All-Cause Mortality in the US and 20 Comparison Countries, June 2021-March 2022, A. Bilinkski et al (https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jama/fullarticle/2798990)
Episode 121: Thank You, Dr. Jena: Part 2
In "Thank You, Dr. Jena: Part 2," Dr. Osterholm and Chris Dall discuss the crisis that China is currently facing, the latest influenza data, and what we should expect from this virus in 2023. Dr. Osterholm also interviews Dr. Jena to get an update on the impact that the pandemic continues to have on healthcare workers in the U.S.
Episode 120: Entering Phase 5
In this episode, Dr. Osterholm and Chris Dall discuss China's new COVID mitigation strategy, a COVID query about KN95s, and the fifth phase of the pandemic that we have recently entered.
COVID in the Driver's Seat
In this episode, Dr. Osterholm and Chris Dall discuss the challenges that China is facing with its COVID response, analyze a study that was recently published on surgical masks, and take a closer look at who is currently dying of COVID in the US.
A Time to Be Thankful but Alert
In this episode, Dr. Osterholm and Chris Dall discuss the trajectory of the pandemic in the United States and around the world, a recent study on COVID reinfections, and how RSV and influenza are overwhelming hospitals throughout the country.
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I so appreciate the straight talk and scientifically fact based reporting from this podcast. It has helping me keep my sanity with a frame of reference during this now 3 year crisis. Knowing the facts as best we can, respecting the virus and mitigating where possible makes life closer to what it was before Covid arrived.
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