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237 - Declarations of Racism as a Public Health Crisis: A Policy Tool for Real-World Solutions and Meaningful Change
After the murder of George Floyd, a number of jurisdictions formally declared racism a public health crisis. Dawn Hunter, deputy director of the Southeastern Region for the Network for public health law, is studying these declarations to see how cities, counties, and states actually take action to follow through. Hunter talks with Dr. Josh Sharfstein about what the declarations actually do and why they are important.
236 - Rethinking the US COVID-19 Response
Today’s episode is audio from a webcast recorded last week with two members of President Joe Biden’s COVID-19 advisory board. In a conversation moderated by Global Health NOW’s Brian Simpson, infectious disease and epidemiology expert Dr. Celine Gounder and public health policy expert Loyce Pace talk about the challenges the new administration faces coming into the COVID-19 crisis with millions of cases and hundreds of thousands of deaths.
235 - COVID-19 and Senior Housing
There are more than 2 million federally-subsidized apartments, units, and homes designated for senior housing. These communities have unique opportunities and challenges. Juliana Bilowich, director of Housing Operations and Policy at Leading Age, and Shanna Dell, the lead infection control adviser on the outbreak team of the Baltimore City Health Department talk with Dr. Josh Sharfstein about these challenges. https://www.coursera.org/learn/strategies-senior-housing-covid19
234 - State Health Departments and Vaccine Distribution Challenges
What accounts for the sluggish rollout of COVID-19 vaccines? Dr. Michael Fraser, executive director of the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials, talks with Dr. Josh Sharfstein about the challenges states are facing with vaccine distribution, what’s working and not working well so far, and why there are reasons for hope in the coming months.
233 - Why There Are Fewer COVID-19 Cases and Deaths in Cantabria, Spain Than the Rest of the Country
Urban areas in Spain have been hard hit by COVID, but the rural northern state of Cantabria has fared much better thanks to a strong public health approach. Dr. Paloma Navas, former director general for public health in the region, talks with Dr. Josh Sharfstein about the area’s hard-won successes in lower case counts and deaths.
232 - The COVID-19 Variants Explained
What caused the variants seen in the SARS-CoV-2 virus in the UK and elsewhere? Why is the UK variant more contagious? Is it more lethal? Will the current vaccines still work against these variants? Is there anything we should be doing differently to protect ourselves?
Expert virologist Dr. Andy Pekosz talks with Dr. Josh Sharfstein about how the virus that causes COVID-19 is changing, and what it means for 2021.
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More than good opinions please
Listening to episode 216, I wish there were sources sited or linked to in the show notes. I appreciate the discussion I’m just wondering what level of evidence was used to inform the educated opinion. Thank you for bringing great guests and topics to the public.
This is in response to episode 228. Please just get the vaccine out. All of this social engineering is complicating things and wIll just result in more deaths. As
far as I can tell based on the numbers, the elderly (of all races) are dying at the highest rate, yet they are being relegated to the back of the line. The answer is more vaccine and quickly. I want everyone to have it but this complexity is going to slow down the process causing more death.
More fear mongering- no facts
So disappointed in episode 223. I listen to Dr. O at the beginning of the pandemic thinking he was THE expert. But this episode he went on and on about killing your grandparents and killing your parents if you get together with them. 99.9% survival rate and he’s talking about EVERYONE killing grandma? Come on!! How ridiculous! It’s mathematically impossible! That’s not science! That just angers and confuses people and causes them to do whatever they want.