Evidence and experts to help you understand today’s public health news—and what it means for tomorrow.
BONUS: Inside a COVID-19 Field Hospital
Dr. Josh Sharfstein was invited inside the Baltimore Convention Field Hospital command center to meet with Director Dr. Jim Ficke and Deputy Director Dr. Chuck Callahan. He also speaks with Dr. Mindy Kantsiper, Dr. Sophia Purekal, Dr. Zishan Siddiqui, John Fickel, and Laura Wortman to talk about what the last year has been like, how lessons from the military-inspired design and logistics, and how this field hospital now responds to COVID.
334 - COVID-19 Vaccines and Immunocompromised People: Fully Vaccinated And Not Protected
After being fully vaccinated, only 50% of people who are immunocompromised show an antibody response against COVID-19, compared with 100% of those with a typical immune system. Hopkins transplant surgeon Dr. Dorry Segev talks with Stephanie Desmon about how the immune response is blunted in individuals taking medications for organ transplants or who have overactive immune systems, and what antibody tests can and can’t tell us.
333 - Gun Violence Prevention: Interrupting Gun Violence in Urban Neighborhoods
Guest host Dr. Daniel Webster, director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Gun Violence Prevention and Policy, talks with DeVone Boggan, founder, and CEO of Advance Peace to discuss how the organization’s fellowship system engages young people involved in lethal firearm offenses, approaches to violence that center wellbeing, and how investment in programs like these translates not only to saving millions of public dollars, but truly disrupting cycles of violence.
BONUS - The American Health Podcast: Nearly Expired Meat and Understocked Produce—Differences in Food Retail Quality Between High- and Low-Income Communities in the South
The Bloomberg American Health Initiative offers full scholarships for MPH & DrPH degrees to people working on the front lines of key challenges to health. This episode of the Initiative's American Health Podcast features an interview with host Shane Bryan & "Bloomberg fellow" Ashley Hickson, of the Center for Science in Public Interest. Hear about her work examining the difference in food retail quality between high & low-income communities in the South. Visit https://americanhealth.jhu.edu/ to learn more.
332 - COVID-19 Research Update: How Well COVID-19 Vaccines Work Against Variants
In this episode, Carli Jones talks about some good news from a study looking at the effectiveness of Pfizer’s vaccine against the variants found in the UK and South Africa. Greg Rosen, a PhD candidate, discusses a preprint study that assesses the effectiveness of the Chinese CoronaVac vaccine against the variant identified in Brazil. Dr.Nikolas Wada talks about a lab-based study assessing the potential effectiveness of mRNA vaccines against the B.1.617 variant discovered in India.
331 - COVID-19 Variants and Young People
At the beginning of the pandemic, it seemed like COVID-19 didn’t really affect young people. But a recent uptick in cases and hospitalizations among younger adults could point to the transmissibility of newer variants. Dr. Emily Martin, an epidemiologist at the University of Michigan’s School of Public Health, talks with Dr. Josh Sharfstein about how the variants may be changing the risks for young people and why a virus that moves faster underscores the importance of vaccinations.
Calm and Informative
Thanks for doing a podcast covering many different aspects of the novel Coronavirus. I truly appreciate all the different angles covered.
I do have a question for you. Do you have any data on how robust the immune response is for immune-suppressed patients to the vaccines? In my case, as a myeloma patient, I have had a negative response to the Pfizer vaccine - no antibodies found to the spike protein. My doctor is going to retest in four weeks.
There is a reason the variants we’re given Greek lettering titles. Unfortunately, the country name is still being used here and I find this disappointing.
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.