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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

    • Natural Sciences
    • 4.5, 138 Ratings

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.

    How To Convince People To Stop A Pandemic

    How To Convince People To Stop A Pandemic

    How do you convey information about the coronavirus in a way that will compel people to change their behavior? As COVID cases rise in Florida, Texas, and Arizona, we look at how psychologists recommend we talk about public health.

    • 19 min
    Do Masks Actually Work?

    Do Masks Actually Work?

    Maggie Koerth and Kaleigh Rogers join the show to discuss the science of face masks, and whether we actually know anything now that we didn't when the pandemic started.

    • 20 min
    Who Will Be First To Get A COVID Vaccine?

    Who Will Be First To Get A COVID Vaccine?

    Creating a vaccine for COVID-19 is just the first step. Policy makers and manufacturers then need to make a lot of it. So, who will be first in line for the immunization?

    • 23 min
    The Case Of The Bogus Hydroxycholoroquine Study

    The Case Of The Bogus Hydroxycholoroquine Study

    A major medical journal reported that hydroxychloroquine harmed COVID patients, but a group of Twitter sleuths uncovered evidence that the paper wasn't what it seemed.

    • 29 min
    What It's Like To Be A Black Doctor And Nurse Right Now

    What It's Like To Be A Black Doctor And Nurse Right Now

    Black Americans are facing two crises: a pandemic that has an outsize impact on their community, and decades of police brutality that have sparked protests nationwide.

    • 20 min
    Is One Coronavirus Strain Worse Than Another?

    Is One Coronavirus Strain Worse Than Another?

    Plus, why have Americans retained their trust in science despite protests against its findings? And finally, the good news is poopy news this week.

    • 22 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
138 Ratings

138 Ratings

Jeremy X ,

Good podcast when you get past annoying intro

Maybe I’m weird but I don’t care what reality tv thing or scavenger hunt is happening for Ms Anna. I’m a busy working dad and it’s a big waste of time. Maybe I’m just annpyed that other people are so bored and I’m so busy. But whatever. Once you skip two to three minutes in, it’s a quality podcast.

homer8970 ,

Careful

Need to be more careful floating info without context and/or prior to peer review

Claudz1973 ,

Good but intro anecdotes are lame

Good content and true to the 538 brand and quality. But PLEASE drop the non sequitur intro anecdote — it’s both embarrassing and boring. That’s the only reason I took off two stars.

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