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Evidence and experts to help you understand today’s public health news—and what it means for tomorrow.

Evidence and experts to help you understand today’s public health news—and what it means for tomorrow.

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Evidence and experts to help you understand today’s public health news—and what it means for tomorrow.

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English


Episodes

423 - Assessing the World's Knowledge of COVID-19: A Global Survey of Attitudes and Behaviors Towards the Virus, Vaccines and More (Season 5)

1/28/2022
To understand what is driving beliefs and behaviors around the world, the Johns Hopkins Center for Communications Programs created a global dashboard with data from an ongoing survey of more than 22 million people from 100 countries. Marla Shaivitz and Dominick Shattuck talk with Dr. Josh Sharfstein about what they've learned about global opinions on COVID-19, vaccines, trusted sources of information, and more. Check out the COVIDbehaviors.org dashboard online.

Duration:00:12:23

422 - Rehabilitation and Care for People With Long-COVID, or PASC (Post-Acute Sequela of COVID)

1/26/2022
Some COVID patients continue to suffer from symptoms long after the initial infection clears. The formal name for "long COVID" is Post-Acute Sequela of COVID, or PASC. It's a condition that benefits from a comprehensive approach. Dr. Jonathan Whiteson of NYU’s Post-COVID Care Program talks with Dr. Josh Sharfstein about how the field of physiatry is well positioned to work with PASC patients, what they’ve learned about treating symptoms like fatigue and brain fog, and the future agenda for...

Duration:00:18:19

421 - Why Omicron Is Such “A Different Animal” When It Comes to COVID and Kids

1/24/2022
Although the majority of children who catch COVID recover without incident, some progress to multi-system inflammatory syndrome (MIS-C), thousands wind up in the ICU, and nearly 1,000 American children have died. Mark Kline, Physician-in-Chief, Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer of Children's Hospital New Orleans talks with Stephanie Desmon about why omicron is such “a different animal,” what’s next for vaccine trials for kids under five, and how Louisiana is taking big steps to...

Duration:00:14:11

420 - “Dangerously Unprepared”: Dr. Jennifer Nuzzo on the Global Health Security Index’s Newest Findings

1/21/2022
The Global Health Security Index, released by the Nuclear Threat Initiative and the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security, looks at every country’s capacity to respond to emergencies like a pandemic. Dr. Jennifer Nuzzo returns to the podcast to talk with Dr. Josh Sharfstein about some takeaways from the 2021 report and what we’ve learned—and didn’t learn—from the pre-COVID-19 2019 report. They also talk about the report’s use as a tool for countries to shore up gaps in their ability to...

Duration:00:11:32

419 - COVID-19 in Lincoln, Nebraska: The Mayor's View

1/19/2022
Lincoln, Nebraska has fared quite well compared to counties with similar demographics: the county is in the top 10% in terms of lowest mortality rates and hit the President’s 70% vaccine uptake target in July 2021. These successes are in no small part due to the leadership of Mayor Leirion Gaylor Baird who talks with Josh Sharfstein about difficult decisions and her hope that stories of the community’s courage, bravery, and generosity will be legacies of COVID-19.

Duration:00:20:47

Bonus - The COVID-19 Pandemic’s Transition Phase with Dr. Monica Gandhi: What Questions Do We Need to Ask and What Answers Do We Need to Find in 2022?

1/18/2022
Infectious disease specialist Dr. Monica Gandhi returns to the podcast to talk with Dr. Josh Sharfstein about what the COVID pandemic might look like on the other side of omicron peaks. They discuss how to rethink our safety approaches to move towards accepting COVID as endemic, managing other respiratory viruses like flu, and searching for consensus in the path forward. They also discuss an interesting theory about omicron’s origins.

Duration:00:21:44

418 - Update: COVID-19 Vaccines and Immunocompromised Patients

1/14/2022
What do we know now about the number of doses needed for people on immunosuppressant medications to be protected from severe COVID? What about the use of “passive” protection like monoclonal antibodies? Why are negative antibody tests more helpful than positive ones? Why are large agencies like the CDC and FDA not discussing individualized medicine when it comes to vaccine protocols? What’s the next step in researching COVID-19 vaccine protocols for this unique population of patients? Johns...

Duration:00:18:30

417 - An Update on Convalescent Plasma for COVID-19

1/12/2022
Early in the pandemic, clinicians began to treat people sick with COVID-19 with the plasma of people who have recovered from COVID-19. The idea was that protective antibodies in the plasma would help prevent severe illness and death. Nearly two years later, the evidence is in—and it's being hotly debated. Dr. Arturo Casadevall returns to the podcast to talk with Dr. Josh Sharfstein about the results of the COVID-19 Plasma Project and his take on divergent recommendations about using plasma...

Duration:00:21:57

416 - Will President Biden's Infrastructure Bill Address the Historical Legacy of Racist Transportation Policies?

1/10/2022
For decades, infrastructure policies harmed communities of color. New highways displaced residents through eminent domain, public transit systems were left in disrepair, and urban construction projects often catered to wealthier families. Andrea McDaniels, Director of Communications for the Bloomberg American Health Initiative, talks with Professor Keshia Pollack Porter of the Bloomberg School about how President Biden’s $1 trillion infrastructure plan has the potential to rectify many of...

Duration:00:16:49

BONUS: Omicron Update—The Good, The Bad, and the Unknown

1/7/2022
Dr. Josh Sharfstein checks in again with virologist Dr. Andy Pekosz about omicron and what we now know in terms of increased transmission, immune evasion, and lethality. Spoiler: If you’re unvaccinated, you shouldn’t assume that omicron will most likely lead to a mild infection. They also talk about what the omicron variant could mean for the future of the pandemic.

Duration:00:11:25

415 - Modeling the Omicron Wave

1/7/2022
Dr. Shaun Truelove, an infectious disease epidemiologist, returns to the podcast to talk with Dr. Josh Sharfstein about the latest model for the COVID-19 Scenario Modeling Hub. How quickly will the wave pass? How much harm will it cause? What happens in February and March? And can we trust these kinds of predictions? Learn more: https://covid19scenariomodelinghub.org/

Duration:00:10:53

414 - The Disappointing State of Global Vaccination for COVID-19

1/5/2022
In September 2020, President Biden pledged to vaccinate 70% of the world’s population by September 2021. More than a year later, however, the US has delivered about 270 million of the 11 billion doses needed to vaccinate the planet. Lawrence Gostin, a Georgetown University professor and public health expert, returns to the podcast to talk with Stephanie Desmon about how things have gone so wrong, why he isn’t optimistic about vaccination equity improvements in 2022, and how vaccine...

Duration:00:15:22

413 - Rethinking the US COVID Strategy

1/4/2022
Going into 2022, what should the next phase of our COVID strategy look like? Epidemiologist Dr. Emily Gurley talks with Stephanie Desmon about how our current approach to prevent as many infections as possible is complicated, costly, and carries a lot of collateral damage. Instead, Gurley says, a focus on preventing hospitalizations and deaths could rewrite the script on our approach but it would require some difficult conversations and a strategic rethinking of the public health system.

Duration:00:16:14

412 - Backstage at Public Health On Call: 2021 In Review with Dr. Josh Sharfstein and Stephanie Desmon

12/22/2021
In the last episode of Season 4, Lindsay Smith Rogers talks with co-hosts Dr. Josh Sharfstein and Stephanie Desmon about 2021: how it started, what happened, and how it's going now. They reflect on where we were one year ago, talk about their favorite episodes and public health moments, give some reading suggestions, and discuss what they're most looking forward to in 2022. If you're in need of a chuckle, stick around for a surprise at the end.

Duration:00:28:50

411 - The Bridge Between “Science and the Sanctuary”: Building Trust In COVID-19 Vaccines With Communities of Faith

12/20/2021
A discussion of vaccines and trust. In an interview with Dr. Joshua Sharfstein, Rev. Dr. Terris King, pastor of Liberty Grace Church of God in Baltimore and former official at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services talks about his work building bridges between faith communities and health care during the pandemic and beyond. Dr. King also talks about his own journey to getting vaccinated.

Duration:00:19:53

410 - Omicron in South Africa: The Latest News

12/17/2021
Nearly a month into the emergence of omicron, much more is known about how omicron behaves in the real world—thanks to the work of scientists like South Africa’s Dr. Glenda Gray, president and CEO of the South African Medical Research Council, the equivalent of the US’s National Institutes of Health. Dr. Josh Sharfstein talks with Dr. Gray and with Hopkins epidemiologist Dr. Chris Beyrer about how omicron was discovered, what we know about it now, and what it means for South Africa and the...

Duration:00:26:44

409 - Viral Mutations and Global Vaccinations

12/15/2021
There’s still lots to learn about omicron, but two things are certain: vaccinations will provide some level of protection, and until the majority of the world’s population is vaccinated, we may continue to see new variants. Vaccine experts Dr. Anna Durbin and Dr. Bill Moss talk with Stephanie Desmon about viral mutations and what we might expect to see when it comes to SARS-CoV-2, what needs to be done to address ongoing challenges with global vaccine distribution, and the importance of...

Duration:00:17:26

408 - Public Health Forward: A Bipartisan Report About the Future of the Public Health System

12/13/2021
Public health is having a moment, both in terms of challenges and opportunities. Dr. Anand Parekh, the chief medical adviser to the Bipartisan Policy Center in Washington DC, talks with Dr. Josh Sharfstein about a new report, Public Health Forward, that aims to keep public health top of mind for policymakers and the American public. They talk about why this is a critical moment to think about the future of the public health system, the process behind the bipartisan project, and some major...

Duration:00:17:23

407 - Navigating Another COVID Holiday Season

12/10/2021
Coming into this holiday season, things seemed a lot brighter than they did a year ago in terms of COVID safety: We have a broader toolbox including masks, ventilation, rapid tests, vaccines, and more. But a new variant of concern and rising levels of transmission remind us that we are still in a pandemic. Epidemiologist Keri Althoff and mental health expert Elizabeth Stuart return to the podcast to talk with Stephanie Desmon about navigating holiday gatherings and travel this year, and how...

Duration:00:17:58

406 - Better Together: Helping Young People at Risk for Addiction

12/8/2021
Addiction prevention often comes in the form of “Just Say No” campaigns. But Dr. Terri Powell knows that to be successful, prevention strategies must be thoughtful and holistic—and focus on connections and support systems that help young people make the best decisions for themselves. Dr. Josh Sharfstein talks with Dr. Powell about Better Together, a prevention program that's based in a public library. Joining them is Diana Fortee-Mason, one of the young leaders of the program.

Duration:00:10:16