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Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
Evidence and experts to help you understand today’s public health news—and what it means for tomorrow.
2 days ago
132 - The Enemy of the People, by Henrik Ibsen and Parallels to the COVID-19 Pandemic
A special episode today as Dr. Josh Sharfstein discusses Henrik Ibsen’s play, The Enemy of the People, with Dr. Leonardo Lisi, Hopkins professor and an expert in 19th century Scandinavian literature and philosophy. The play, which was written in 1882, draws parallels to the COVID-19 pandemic like the vilification of health officials whose guidance may run counter to political and economic interests. Lisi and Sharfstein discuss the play’s relevance to current events including attacks on health officials and social inequality. (Don’t worry: You do not have to have read this play to enjoy the discussion!)
3 days ago
131 - Doctor Mike, Social Media, and COVID-19
Dr. Mikhail “Doctor Mike” Varshavski, D.O., a board certified family medicine physician, has amassed six million subscribers on YouTube where he posts fun and engaging videos that demystify healthcare and combat misinformation. Doctor Mike talks to Dr. Josh about his “edutainment” approach to inform and engage people on health literacy, and how physicians and institutions can help make medicine more approachable.
4 days ago
130 - Dr. Indu Bhushan on COVID-19 and India’s Publicly Funded Health Care System, PM-JAY
India’s Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana, or PM-JAY, was founded in 2018 as a government-funded health insurance initiative that provides free services to the poorest 40% of the population. Dr. Indu Bhushan, the Chief Executive Officer of the National Health Authority and CEO of the PM-JAY, talks with Sara Bennett about the COVID-19 pandemic in India and how the health system is addressing the crisis.
5 days ago
129 - COVID-19 and the Looming Eviction Crisis
Forty million people are at risk of eviction in the US as a result of COVID-19-related unemployment. Emily Benfer, Wake Forest law professor and co-creator of the Princeton Eviction Lab’s COVID-19 Housing Policy Scorecard, talks with Stephanie Desmon about what could be the biggest housing crisis in US history and the lasting impact this could have on individuals, communities, and the housing market.
6 days ago
128 - COVID-19 and Hurricane Season
With resources strained and attention focused on the COVID-19 pandemic, active hurricane and wildfire seasons could add more deadly threats to the mix. Craig Fugate, the director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency in the Obama administration, talks with Stephanie Desmon about how disaster management experts are prepping shelters and crews, and what people can do to keep themselves and their families safe from both COVID-19 and imminent environmental threats.
Jul 31, 2020
127 - Dr. Ruth Karron Answers Your COVID-19 Vaccine Questions
How close are we to a vaccine? What do efficacy trials actually entail? What are the challenges to achieving diversity in clinical trials? How long would a COVID-19 vaccine provide some level of protection? How is vaccine safety assessed? Should pregnant women be included in vaccine trials for COVID-19? Dr. Ruth Karron, one of the top vaccine experts in the world and a professor in International Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health speaks to Dr. Josh Sharfstein to answer these and more questions about the COVID-19 vaccine.
Jul 30, 2020
126 - Sweden (and COVID-19)
Sweden’s approach to controlling the spread of COVID-19 has relied largely on providing guidance and expecting compliance. What’s gone right? What’s gone wrong? Anders Tegnell, Sweden’s chief epidemiologist, talks candidly with Dr. Josh Sharfstein. He rejects the idea that the nation has been complacent, saying the goal has always been to reduce transmission, using mandates as necessary to achieve the goal. He also explains why Sweden has not hospitalized more older adults who contracted COVID-19 in nursing homes, a population that has accounted for a large share of deaths.
Jul 29, 2020
125 - How COVID-19 is Impacting Baltimore Youths Experiencing Homelessness
Over 300 homeless youths ages 14-25 come to the Youth Empowered Society (YES) Drop-in Center every year. They come for food, clothing, mental health counseling, job training, housing and rental assistance, and many more basic services. But COVID-19 is presenting even greater challenges for clients and has forced the staff to rethink service delivery models. YES executive director Blair Franklin talks with Dr. Josh Sharfstein about these challenges, innovations in care provision, dealing with staff exhaustion and burnout, and the added impacts of racial violence and protests on clients and staff. More about YES available at: http://yesdropincenter.org
Jul 28, 2020
124 - The Importance of the Flu Vaccine During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Experts are concerned about outbreaks of seasonal influenza alongside further spikes of COVID-19 infections this fall and winter as some people return to work and school. Jen Gerber, a recent PhD graduate from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, talks with Stephanie Desmon about the importance of the flu vaccine to keep people from getting sick and filling hospital beds needed for COVID-19 patients. She also busts some common myths about why people don’t get vaccinated.
Jul 27, 2020
123 - Meet Dr. Kelvin Baggett, Dallas’s COVID Czar
In May, the mayor of Dallas appointed Dr. Kelvin Baggett as the “COVID Czar.” Now, amidst rising cases across the state, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health alum Baggett is tasked with reducing harm and suffering from COVID-19. He talks with Dr. Josh Sharfstein about his work as COVID Czar, how the city is addressing disproportionate impact on minority communities, and how the pandemic may be helping to elevate critical conversations around health disparities.
Jul 24, 2020
122 - Checking in with Dr. Monica Schoch-Spana on the Mental Health Effects of COVID-19 and the Challenge of Vaccine Acceptance
This week, we’re checking in with guests we interviewed earlier in the pandemic. Today, Dr. Josh Sharfstein gets an update from Dr. Monica Schoch-Spana, an expert on the mental health effects of the novel coronavirus. Schoch-Spana talks about the challenges for psychological well-being caused by the resurgence of cases in the US. She also talks about a new report she co-authored about what will be needed for a safe and effective vaccine to be widely accepted and equitably distributed.
Jul 23, 2020
121 - Checking in with Dr. Justin Lessler and What We Now Know—And Still Don’t—About COVID-19
This week, we’re checking in with guests we interviewed earlier in the pandemic. Today, Dr. Josh Sharfstein gets an update from infectious disease epidemiologist Dr. Justin Lessler who was one of our very first podcast guests. Back in March, there were a lot of unanswered questions. Lessler talks about what we now know about transmission and fatality rates and what questions remain, what needs to happen in the short term to get cases under control, and what might be a truly transformative innovation in the fight against COVID-19.
Jul 22, 2020
120 - Checking in with Dr. Chris Beyrer and COVID-19 in Jails, Prisons, and Detention Centers
This week, we’re checking in with guests we interviewed earlier in the pandemic. Today, Stephanie Desmon gets an update from epidemiologist Dr. Chris Beyrer about the status of the pandemic in jails, prisons, and immigration detention centers. Beyrer also talks about the victories they’ve had with decarceration and releases of individuals who are high-risk for serious COVID-19 illness, the role of community transmission, and what still needs to be done to get hotspots under control.
Jul 21, 2020
119 - Checking In with Dr. Emily Gurley on COVID-19 Contact Tracing
This week, we’re checking in with guests we interviewed earlier in the pandemic. Today, Stephanie Desmon gets an update from Dr. Emily Gurley about contact tracing as a strategy for slowing the spread of COVID-19 and what is still needed for contact tracing to be successful in the US. Gurley also talks about a new course that will help tracers and organizers build programs and evaluate their impact.
Jul 20, 2020
118 - Checking In with Dr. Arturo Casadevall and the COVID-19 Plasma Project
Dr. Josh Sharfstein gets an update from Dr. Arturo Casadevall about the innovative idea of using convalescent serum from patients who have recovered from COVID-19 to help others. Since we last heard from him, Dr. Casadevall has launched a plasma project that, along with others across the US, has helped over 35,000 COVID-19 patients. Casadevall also talks about how data from the project can help with vaccine and other therapy developments
Jul 17, 2020
117 - Dr. Caitlin Rivers Returns to Answer Your COVID-19 Questions
Are people who test positive for weeks, or even months still infectious? Are face shields more effective than masks? If COVID-19 is airborne, does this mean we don’t have to be as concerned about surfaces? If a person tests positive multiple times, is each new test considered a new “case?” If you’re sick with COVID and you wear a mask, will you get sicker because you’re breathing in more virus? Would the virus disappear if everyone quarantined? Dr. Caitlin Rivers from the Center for Health Security and Dr. Josh Sharfstein address your questions submitted to email@example.com
Jul 16, 2020
BONUS - Evidence and Experience Matters
Recently, the White House and HHS have undermined credibility of the top US experts on pandemic response. Dr. Josh Sharfstein reminds us that the battle we’re fighting is not about Democrats vs. Republicans, nor about public health vs. the economy. The battle is humanity vs. the virus, and we need evidence and experience to prevail.
Jul 16, 2020
116 - The COVID-19 Pandemic in Michigan
Early in the US’s COVID-19 outbreak, Michigan experienced a surge in cases that led to the governor issuing an aggressive stay-at-home order. Despite pushback, the state successfully flattened the curve and is now trying to address gaping health disparities and prevent another surge. Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, Michigan’s Chief Medical Executive and Chief Deputy Director for Health, talks with Dr. Josh Sharfstein about the pandemic’s uneven impacts, visibility as a public health official during a pandemic, Michigan’s current prognosis, and the importance of data in identifying solutions.
Jul 15, 2020
115 - Is COVID-19 Airborne? If So, What Can Be Done to Stop It?
New evidence points towards likelihood that the virus may be spread through aerosols that linger, not just droplets that fall. Dr. Elizabeth Matsui, a pediatric allergist and immunologist, talks with Dr. Josh Sharfstein about the growing evidence of aerosol spread, why it’s been controversial, and what it means for safety measures to limit viral transmission.
Jul 14, 2020
114 - The Effects of COVID-19 Lockdowns on Global Air Pollution
In some areas of the globe, people are seeing blue skies for the first time during COVID-19 lockdowns. But is this really indicative of a major shift in the reduction of air pollution? Dr. Urvashi Narain, lead economist at the World Bank of South Asia, recently authored a report: “Air Pollution: Locked Down by COVID-19 But Not Arrested.” Dr Narain talks with Dr. Josh Sharfstein about how activity restrictions have and have not reduced air pollution, how pollution can contribute to the transmission and severity of COVID-19, and why bluer skies should not lead to complacency in regulating emissions.
Jul 13, 2020
113 - The Recovery Process of ICU COVID-19 Patients
Patients who have spent time in the ICU because of COVID-19 face a long recovery. Comprehensive rehabilitation that starts early and continues after release can make all the difference in getting patients back to day-to-day activities. Johns Hopkins physiatrist Dr. April Pruski talks with Stephanie Desmon about the team of physical, occupational, and speech therapists, psychologists and more performing early interventions with COVID-19 patients and what recovery looks like after the ICU.
Jul 10, 2020
112 - Dr. Laura Murray, Clinical Psychologist, Returns for More COVID-19 Mental Health Questions
What are the mental health challenges for people living in areas where cases are spiking? How can parents help younger children who are missing school and camps or college-aged children who aren’t sure when they can return to campus life? How can people deal with work-from-home stress while feeling grateful about having a job? Dr. Laura Murray talks with Stephanie Desmon to answer your COVID-19 mental health questions.
Jul 9, 2020
111 - The Critical Role of Faith Communities in Fighting COVID-19
Communities of faith can be integral in supporting the health of individuals, especially when partnered with health care organizations. Guest host Dr. Panagis Galiatsatos talks with Dr. Daniel Hale, director of Johns Hopkins’s Health Community Partnerships, and Imam Hassan Amin, the founder and director of the Muslim Social Service Agency in Baltimore, about how health organizations can partner with religious leaders to provide basic but critical health information. The collaboration can also help leaders de-stigmatize and demystify care for congregants to prevent and manage chronic and infectious diseases, including COVID-19.
Jul 8, 2020
110 - What Do Colleges and Universities Need to Consider to Safely Reopen in the Fall During COVID-19?
Most higher-ed institutions closed and shifted to online instruction last spring but many are now considering how to safely bring students back to campuses this fall. Reopening schools will never be 100% risk-free, but there are steps that colleges and universities can take to ensure the safest possible experience. Lucia Mullen and Dr. Crystal Watson of the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security talk with Stephanie Desmon about the Center’s reopening toolkit for colleges and universities and what administrators, students, and parents should consider about returning to campus.
Jul 7, 2020
109 - COVID-19 Explained With Economist and Bestselling Author, Dr. Emily Oster
Brown University economist and bestselling author Dr. Emily Oster is probably best known for her writing about parenting and childbirth. Now, she’s taken her data-centric approach to demystify the COVID-19 pandemic on a new website, explaincovid.org. Oster talks with Stephanie Desmon about the most frequently asked questions, what the data says about childcare facilities that have remained open, how schools should approach reopening in the fall, and why this virus has been so confusing for so many.
Jul 6, 2020
108 - Cambodia’s Response to COVID-19
From January to May, Cambodia had only 125 coronavirus cases—70% of which were from people traveling from outside of the country, and the rest of which could be linked to those cases. Even as sporadic cases continue to be detected in travelers returning at the border, Cambodia’s implementation of WHO guidelines—test, isolate, trace, quarantine, and care —has kept numbers low. Dr. Kumanan Rasanathan, Health Systems Coordinator for WHO in Cambodia (and Incident Manager for COVID-19 from March to June), talks with guest host Dr. Sara Bennett about Cambodia’s response and what has contributed to its relative success.
Jul 2, 2020
107 - Inside the NIH during the Pandemic
Early in the pandemic, the National Institutes of Health launched a response against the new virus that has expanded to include basic and clinical research, and research into vaccines and treatments. Dr. Emily Erbelding, director of the Division of Microbiology and Infectious Diseases, talks with Dr. Josh Sharfstein about NIH’s role in supporting the scientific community, what treatments are currently gaining attention and scrutiny, and how the race to produce a vaccine needs multiple contenders.
Jul 1, 2020
106 - COVID-19 in Louisiana: Early Challenge, New Threat
Louisiana was hit early and hard by COVID-19 but, over the past three months, the statewide response has strengthened. Now, Louisiana health officials are using the lessons they learned from the outbreak’s early days to ensure that they are prepared to weather the surge in cases throughout the American South. Dr. Alexander Billioux, assistant secretary of health for the Louisiana Department of Health’s Office of Public Health, joins Dr. Josh Sharfstein to discuss the strategies that have worked, the underlying realities the pandemic has exposed, and the vast amount of work that’s still left to be done.
Jun 30, 2020
105 - The Challenge of Vaccine Challenge Trials for COVID-19
Vaccine challenge trials, in which healthy volunteers are infected with a pathogen to determine whether a vaccine works, can be done faster and with fewer participants than traditional efficacy studies. But there are downsides: challenge trials require young, healthy participants which may not help produce a vaccine that would protect older populations at risk for severe COVID-19 disease. There are also serious ethical considerations. Volunteers would be infected with a virus for which there is no cure, and so much is still unknown about why this coronavirus can cause severe disease in people without any known risk factors. Johns Hopkins vaccine researcher Dr. Anna Durbin talks with Stephanie Desmon about this method of getting to a COVID-19 vaccine, her experience with a dengue challenge trial, and what we know so far about whether COVID-19 antibodies confer immunity.
Jun 29, 2020
104 - The Impact of COVID-19 on Immunizations Around the World
COVID-19 is causing disruptions in health services around the world and new data shows that 18 million children across 68 countries are at risk of not getting vaccinated. Dr. Chizoba Wonodi, the Nigeria Country Director for the International Vaccine Access Center, and Dr. Anita Shet, a pediatric disease specialist, talk with guest host Dr. Sara Bennett about the impact of disrupted vaccines and how maintaining these systems are critical for avoiding preventable deaths and maintaining trust for when a viable COVID-19 vaccine is available.
Jun 26, 2020
103 - Tom Inglesby Returns to Answer Your COVID-19 Questions
Why has the US had a harder time with the virus than Europe? Why does contact tracing seem to be working in some places but not others? Does it make sense to wear face coverings outside? Can COVID-19 be killed in the freezer? Can I get COVID-19 from a pool? What about in an elevator? Dr. Tom Inglesby of the Center for Health Security and Dr. Josh Sharfstein address your questions submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org
Jun 25, 2020
BONUS - The Harassment of Public Health Officials in COVID-19
COVID-19 has seen unprecedented harassment of state and local health officials. In a bonus episode, Dr. Georges Benjamin, executive director of the American Public Health Association, talks with Dr. Josh Sharfstein about the threats facing public health officials in the pandemic.
Jun 25, 2020
102 - What Does It Mean to Call Racism a Public Health Issue?
Public health’s focus on the root causes of disease and injury mean the intersecting crises of COVID-19 and racism provide a critical opportunity for the field. Dr. Georges Benjamin, the executive director of the American Public Health Association, talks with Dr. Josh Sharfstein about the sector’s reckoning with reality around naming, defining, and addressing racism as a critical public health problem.
Jun 24, 2020
101 - How Families Can Make Decisions Around Summer Activities During COVID-19
With vacations and camps upended, families with young children are struggling with making summer plans—especially when there’s often confusing or conflicting guidance. Biostatistician Dr. Elizabeth Stuart and epidemiologist Dr. Keri Althoff return to the podcast to talk with guest host Dr. Colleen Barry about their decision-making framework for assessing risk to address questions like childcare, visiting with older relatives, and “quaranteams” with other families. Stuart and Althoff also break down how to make sense of COVID-19 data at the community level and what families can do to still have a joyful, memorable summer.
Jun 23, 2020
100 - The COVID-19 Crisis in Latin America
Several Latin American countries are seeing a wave of COVID-19 cases and deaths. Dr. Carlos Castillo-Salgado, who has trained hundreds of epidemiologists in Latin America, talks with Dr. Josh Sharfstein about what’s going wrong, what’s going right, and what needs to change fast on the continent to save lives.
Jun 22, 2020
099 - Dr. Leana Wen on Reopening Risks, Alarming Trends, and How We Could Prevent Another 100,000 COVID-19 Deaths
The rapid pace of reopening the US without the public health capacity to contain the virus has Dr. Leana Wen worried. Wen talks with Stephanie Desmon about the current state of the pandemic, what we did and didn’t learn from the surge in New York, what individuals can do to reduce their risks, and what policy makers should be doing to prevent another 100,000 deaths and countless suffering.
Jun 19, 2020
098 - The Impact of Racism on Child and Adolescent Health
A year ago, the American Academy of Pediatrics released a landmark statement about the impact of racism on child and adolescent health. Dr. Maria Trent, the lead author of this statement, talks with Dr. Josh Sharfstein about the many ways that racism undermines health over a lifetime. Trent also discusses how to give pediatricians, teachers, parents, and caregivers the language and tools they need to address racism’s impacts on children’s safety and wellbeing.
Jun 18, 2020
BONUS - Las Noticias Más Recientes Sobre El Coronavirus
En nuestra segunda entrevista con miembros de Centro SOL, Mónica Guerrero Vázquez, directora ejecutiva y una graduada de la escuela de salud pública de Johns Hopkins y Dra. Kathleen Page directora y médico infectóloga del hospital de Johns Hopkins, hablan sobre el virus que sigue afectando al mundo, incluyendo las noticias más recientes y lo que podemos hacer ahora para protegernos.
Jun 18, 2020
097 - Retractions of COVID-19 Research Papers: How the Race to Find Treatments Could Mean Sloppy Science
Retractions of scientific papers happen for a number of reasons. The desperation driving COVID-19 research has brought this “nuclear option” of scientific correction to a much more public sphere. Dr. Ivan Oransky, who co-runs Retraction Watch, talks with Stephanie Desmon about what retractions typically mean—and don’t mean—and how COVID-19 may incite an “existential crisis” in the scientific research community in the push to publish.
Jun 17, 2020
096 - The Pros and Cons of Using Smartphones For COVID-19 Contact Tracing
Can smartphones assist contact tracing, a public health tool critical to getting the pandemic under control? What’s known as “digital contact tracing” has been utilized in other countries, but there are privacy, policy, and equity issues to be worked out before a US launch. Bioethicist Dr. Jeffrey Kahn talks with Stephanie Desmon about the potential and pitfalls of this technology.
Jun 16, 2020
095 - How New Orleans Averted Disaster from COVID-19
Early in the US outbreak of COVID-19, New Orleans was struck hard. At one point, the city of about 400,000 people was seeing up to 450 cases diagnosed per day. Today, it has reduced cases 95% from that peak. Dr. Jennifer Avegno, director of the Health Department in New Orleans, said this is due in no small part to New Orleans’s history of disaster and the infrastructure and partnerships that were put in place following Hurricane Katrina. Avegno talks with Dr. Josh Sharfstein about how New Orleans pulled out of the tailspin, what the city continues to do to keep cases down, and why protesting is an “essential” activity.
Jun 15, 2020
094 - Racism, the Criminal Justice System, and the Legitimacy of the Police
The protests following the homicide of George Floyd reflect serious questions about the legitimacy of the police. Law professor and philosopher Ekow Yankah talks with Dr. Josh Sharfstein about the nature of legitimacy and the longstanding double standard that has led the nation to a moment of reckoning on race. He explains, “We can no longer have an America where white problems are social problems and black problems are policing problems.”
Jun 12, 2020
093 - The Plague, by Albert Camus: Relevant As Ever During COVID-19
A special episode today as Dr. Josh Sharfstein discusses Albert Camus’s The Plague with Dr. Mark Christian Thompson, chair of the English department at Johns Hopkins. The Plague, which was written in 1947, is immediately relevant to our experiences with COVID-19 and so much more. Thompson and Sharfstein discuss the book’s relevance to current events including racial and social inequality. (Don’t worry: You do not have to have read The Plague before listening to the podcast!)
Jun 11, 2020
092 - Loneliness Is a Public Health Issue—COVID-19 Doesn’t Have to Make It Worse
The science behind loneliness shows that it’s common and has significant impacts on physical, mental, and emotional health. The unusual and socially isolating circumstances of COVID-19 are exacerbating this issue and could lead to a “social recession.” Former Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy talks with guest host Colleen Barry about how COVID-19 is affecting our social health, how to protect ourselves from the deleterious effects of technology, and what we can do to promote a “social revival” and connect in a time of distancing.
Jun 10, 2020
BONUS - Reducing Law Enforcement Violence and Building Trust
Leaders of the Johns Hopkins Center for Gun Policy and Research Dr. Daniel Webster and Dr. Cass Crifasi have studied the relationships between communities and police forces for years. The researchers, with colleagues, recently released a new report looking at enforcement of gun laws in Baltimore. In the wake of the homicide of George Floyd and drawing on this report, Webster and Crifasi talk with Dr. Josh Sharfstein about the profound loss of trust between minority communities and the police and the role of greater transparency and accountability to move forward.
Jun 10, 2020
091 - Dr. Lasya Gaur, Pediatric Cardiologist, On What We Know—And Don’t Know—About COVID-19-Related Multi-System Inflammatory Syndrome in Children
At first, it seemed that COVID-19 was sparing children from critical—and even mild—illness. Then, doctors began connecting a constellation of symptoms in sick children to what is now known as Multi-System Inflammatory Syndrome in Children, a rare and dangerous disease thought to be caused by an immune reaction to SARS-CoV-2. Dr. Lasya Gaur, a pediatric cardiologist at Johns Hopkins Hospital, talks with Stephanie Desmon about what we know and what we still need to learn about this disease, what parents should know, and what treatments have been helpful for children who become ill.
Jun 9, 2020
090 - The Disproportionate Impacts of COVID-19 on the Latinx Immigrant Community
The Latinx immigrant community has been hit particularly hard by the COVID-19 pandemic for reasons that include housing, employment, transportation, and obstacles to receiving care. George Escobar, chief of programs and services at CASA, an immigrant advocacy organization in Maryland, talks with Dr. Josh Sharfstein about the policies that led to this population being particularly vulnerable to COVID-19, changes needed to ensure future health, and what CASA is doing to help during the pandemic.
Jun 8, 2020
089 - How to Reopen Safely: A COVID-19 Toolkit for Businesses
As restrictions lift and businesses think about reopening, many aren’t sure what they should consider in order to protect their employees and customers. Lucia Mullen and Dr. Crystal Watson co-authored a toolkit for businesses that includes checklists to follow and suggested modifications to put in place before reopening. They talk with Stephanie Desmon about how businesses can assess risk and create solutions that fit their budgets and resources.
Jun 5, 2020
088 - Baltimore Author, Artist, and Activist Chris Wilson On Racism, Police Violence, and “Unstacking the Deck” for People of Color
Until now, the focus of this podcast has been on COVID-19. Today, we are broadening the podcast to cover other urgent public health issues starting with racism, police violence, and the national protests over the homicide of George Floyd. Dr. Josh Sharfstein talks with Baltimore author, artist, and activist Chris Wilson about his experiences both in and out of the prison system, his reflections on “unstacking the deck” against people of color, and the role of art in healing, documenting, and storytelling during galvanizing moments.
Jun 5, 2020
087 - Dr. Jennifer Nuzzo from the Center for Health Security Answers More COVID-19 Questions
What can people do to reduce their risk of contracting COVID-19 during a protest? Do higher-risk patients ever have mild novel coronavirus or do they always get very sick? When is it ok to resume routine medical and dental care? Will people who have had COVID-19 be eligible for a vaccine when it’s available? Are gloves necessary like masks?
Jun 4, 2020
086 - Measuring and Managing Psychological Distress Amid COVID-19
To what extent has COVID-19 affected Americans’ mental health? In this episode, guest host Colleen Barry speaks to Beth McGinty, lead author of a new study which finds a significant increase in psychological distress among adults in the U.S. in April at the height of social distancing. Dr. Dani Fallin, Chair of the Department of Mental Health, also discusses mental health as a public health issue more broadly and ways to protect our own mental health and those of others during these stressful times and beyond.
Jun 3, 2020
085 - COVID-19 and the Future of Long Term Care Facilities
Long term care facilities that house vulnerable populations in a communal living setting have been hotbeds for COVID-19 outbreaks. Infectious disease physician Dr. Morgan Katz has been working with some facilities to provide guidance on COVID-19 response. She talks with Stephanie Desmon about infection control procedures, how testing is a double edged sword, the biggest lessons we’ve learned so far, and what the future of long term care facilities may look like.
Jun 2, 2020
084 - The Chief Medical Officer for Prevention at the American Heart Association on the Intersections of Cardiovascular Disease, Health Equity, and COVID-19
Underlying medical conditions such as cardiovascular disease, hypertension, and Type II diabetes are risk factors for critical illness or death from COVID-19. Just as these chronic health issues disproportionately impact different racial and ethnic groups in the US, so too is COVID-19. Dr. Eduardo Sanchez of the American Heart Association talks with Dr. Josh Sharfstein about how the US’s failure to address the underlying health of its populations is contributing to COVID-19 fatalities and what needs to be done to preserve the health, wellbeing, and the economic viability of our nation.
Jun 1, 2020
083 - Former CDC Director Dr. Julie Gerberding on the US’s COVID-19 Response and the Looming Threat of Antimicrobial Resistance
Dr. Julie Gerberding was director of the CDC during the 2003 SARS outbreak and lessons learned from that response are now informing her work overseeing some 65,000 employees around the world as executive vice president of Merck. Gerberding talks with Dr. Josh Sharfstein about the US’s response, how Merck is keeping things moving, why emerging infectious diseases may be a new normal, and how the pandemic is contributing to the threat of antimicrobial resistance.
May 29, 2020
082 - Mental Health Q&A Round 2: Reframing, Dealing With Uncertainty, Dismantling Stigma, and More
How do you deal with things you can’t control? How do we decide what actions are right for ourselves and our families without judging others in the process? What is contributing to COVID-19 stigma? How do we consider the future without feeling overwhelmed? Clinical psychologist Dr. Laura Murray returns for another round of mental health Q&A with Stephanie Desmon.
May 28, 2020
081 - COVID-19 in Lesotho and Southern Africa
As of recording, there were no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Lesotho, a country in southern Africa. But the country borders South Africa which has close to 5,000 cases, and shares a migrant workforce that has been coming home to Lesotho amidst shutdowns. Dr. Tafadzwa Chakare, technical director for Jhpiego in Lesotho, talks with guest host Dr. Sara Bennett about the challenges of managing the pandemic in highly mobile, migrant populations.
May 27, 2020
080 - One Surgeon’s Pivot from Elective Surgeries to COVID-19 ICU Care
Johns Hopkins Hospital paused elective surgeries (surgeries that are scheduled ahead of time) in March. Like some of his other colleagues, Dr. Rick Redett volunteered to be redeployed to the COVID ICU. Redett talks to Stephanie Desmon about exhausting shifts, the challenges of shifting from surgery to supportive care, and how things may be different as surgeries resume.
May 26, 2020
079 - Canada’s Response to COVID-19: Featuring Dr. Brian Goldman of CBC’s “The Dose” Podcast
Like many countries, Canada recognized the pandemic in stages, but unlike some, Canada used advanced warning to their benefit with swift mandates. Dr. Brian Goldman, host of CBC’s “The Dose” podcast, talks with Dr. Josh Sharfstein about how although Canada’s response has differed from the US’s, the country faces many of the same challenges with testing, outbreaks in vulnerable populations, and a patchwork approach of mandates across provinces.
May 22, 2020
078 - Dr. Caitlin Rivers from the Center for Health Security Answers More COVID-19 Questions
Is Vitamin D deficiency correlated with severe outcomes? Is it safe to use dry bat guano fertilizer? People in my area seem to be social distancing, so why are there still so many cases? If I received a flu shot, will it help protect me from severe illness with coronavirus? Dr. Caitlin Rivers of the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security addresses your questions submitted to email@example.com
May 22, 2020
077 - The Use of Investigational Drugs in an Outbreak: Separating Science and Politics With Hydroxychloroquine and COVID-19
The use of investigational drugs during a public health crisis is not new. In 2014, Dr. Linda Mobula had experience administering an untested drug during the Ebola response in West Africa. Mobula talks to Dr. Josh Sharfstein about how the technical framework that came out of that process could have been used to provide guidance for investigational drugs in COVID-19, and how political figures created a global push for hydroxychloroquine.
May 21, 2020
076 - How COVID-19 is Impacting Sex Workers and People Who Use Drugs and Why Helping Them is Necessary for Everyone’s Survival
For people who live on or earn their income from the streets, COVID-19 has made their lives exponentially harder—they may be more vulnerable to the novel coronavirus and to other outcomes like violence, injury, or illness. Caring for these populations is necessary for public health, says Dr. Susan Sherman, founder of a harm reduction center in Baltimore. Dr. Sherman talks to guest host Dr. Colleen Barry about her outreach work during COVID and how principles of dignity and respect are even more important at a moment like this one.
May 20, 2020
075 - What Do We Need To Know About COVID-19 to Safely Reopen K-12 Schools in the Fall?
Reopening schools is a crucial goal for the well-being of students and for parents to return to work. But there are gaps in what we know about kids and COVID-19 transmission. A new report from The Center for Health Security lays out the evidence schools would need to assess safety for kids, teachers, staff, and families. Co-authors Anita Cicero and Tara Kirk Sell talk with Stephanie Desmon about what questions need answering to safely set up schools for students to return.
May 19, 2020
074 - Inside the COVID-19 Field Hospital in Baltimore’s Convention Center
The Joint Hopkins Maryland Federal Medical Station, a 250-bed unit inside Baltimore’s convention center, opened on April 27 for non-critical patients recovering from COVID-19. Dr. James Ficke, the Station’s director, talks with Stephanie Desmon about how his experience standing up combat hospitals in northern Iraq prepared him, the influx of patients they’re seeing, and what it takes to set up a fully operational contingency hospital with food, bathrooms, showers, and even its own pharmacy.
May 18, 2020
073 - How COVID-19 Has Impacted Baltimore Restaurants
Maryland Governor Larry Hogan ordered restaurants and bars to end in-house dining back in March. Two people from Baltimore’s restaurant community—Barri Yanowitz, a bartender at Brewer’s Art, and Carlos Raba, a co-owner of Clavel—talk with Stephanie Desmon about how each outlet has addressed the mandate, what this has meant for business and their community, and what they anticipate in the coming weeks and months.
May 15, 2020
072 - Amesh Adalja, Infectious Disease Expert, Answers More COVID-19 Questions
When can I see my family again if I have been quarantining? Does a person’s blood type affect how severely ill they might become? Are women taking oral contraceptive pills more at risk from blood clots from COVID-19? Can you get COVID-19 from second-hand smoke? What is social distancing fatigue and what can we do to address it? Dr. Amesh Adalja of the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security addresses your questions submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org
May 14, 2020
071 - Preventing Child Sexual Abuse in the COVID-19 Pandemic
Responses to COVID-19 such as school closures and shelter-at-home orders may inadvertently raise the risks of child sexual abuse. Dr. Elizabeth Letourneau, director of the Moore Center for the Prevention of Child Sexual Abuse, talks with Dr. Josh Sharfstein about risks, prevention strategies, and a new online resource for parents, caregivers, and people at risk of offending. Warning: This episode covers difficult topics directly.
May 13, 2020
070 - Where Are We Now? New Findings About COVID-19 and How We’re Coping as a Society
It’s been a few months since COVID-19 first arrived in the US, so what have we learned? Dr. Albert Wu returns to the podcast with Stephanie Desmon to discuss social distancing fatigue, new symptoms and disease observations, hopes for treatment, and what we should expect in the coming months in terms of a “return to normal.”
May 12, 2020
069 - A Pediatrician’s Take on the Indirect Impacts of COVID-19 on Children’s Health
Although COVID-19 does not appear to infect children at the same rate as adults, there are significant indirect impacts on kids from the pandemic. Baltimore pediatrician Dr. Megan Tschudy talks with Stephanie Desmon about the “profound disruption” of the pandemic and its impacts on vaccinations, regular check-ups, and other aspects of children’s physical, mental, and emotional well-being.
May 11, 2020
068 - From the ICU to the Community: One Doctor’s Dual Roles in COVID-19
Dr. Panagis Galiatsatos spends 12-16 hour days attending to COVID-19 patients in the ICU at Johns Hopkins Hospital. When he’s not at the hospital, he’s on duty in the community working with faith based organizations, schools, and housing units to help leaders protect their community members from getting sick. Galiatsatos talks with Dr. Josh Sharfstein about these dual roles of being on both the last and first lines of defense—caring for patients in the ICU and helping to prevent them from getting there in the first place.
May 8, 2020
067 - COVID-19 Mental Health Care Q&A With a Clinical Psychologist
How can I convince my family and friends to follow social distancing guidelines? How can I stay informed without becoming overwhelmed? How can I help family members if I can’t be near them? What does resilience look like in this new normal? On this week’s Q&A, Laura Murray, a clinical psychologist and senior scientist at the Bloomberg School of Public Health addresses listener’s mental health questions with Stephanie Desmon. Note: This podcast is also available as a video at youtube.com/johnshopkinssph
May 7, 2020
066 - How COVID-19 May Cause Increases in Maternal and Child Mortality in Low- and Middle-Income Countries
The global health community has worked for years to lower rates of maternal and child mortality in low- and middle-income countries. But while the world focuses on the number of deaths from COVID-19, estimates of indirect mortality due to disruptions in health systems cannot be ignored. Tim Roberton, an assistant scientist in International Health, talks with guest host Sara Bennett, a professor in International Health, about a paper he co-authored that estimates there could be a 45% increase in child mortality and a 38% increase in maternal mortality in severe scenarios where care is disrupted due to COVID-19. One way to head off these numbers is to categorize care by prioritizing only emergency care that cannot be delivered in any other way.
May 6, 2020
BONUS - An Update on COVID-19 Immunity with Arturo Casadevall
Dr. Arturo Casadevall—head of the convalescent plasma research project at Johns Hopkins—talks through the WHO’s recent statement that there’s no evidence of COVID-19 infection leading to short- or long-term immunity. Casadevall and Dr. Josh Sharfstein also discuss how COVID-19 is not like HIV or pneumonia, and what we currently know about new strains of the novel coronavirus.
May 6, 2020
065 - A Clinical Psychologist Talks About the Challenges Inside and After the ICU for COVID-19 Patients
The intensive care unit can be stressful for all patients but those with COVID-19 face unique challenges when it comes to mental and cognitive health. Clinical psychologist Dr. Megan Hosey of the Johns Hopkins Hospital ICU talks with Stephanie Desmon about ICU delirium, COVID-19 stigma, and what longer term prognosis could look like for patients inside and after the ICU.
May 5, 2020
064 - How COVID-19 Has Changed a Baltimore Public School
Schools are scrambling to figure out education during the COVID-19 pandemic. Matt Hornbeck, principal of the top-rated Hampstead Hill Academy—a Pre-k-8 public school in southeast Baltimore city—says instruction is only part of the challenge: technology gaps, trying to reach vulnerable students, and the trauma of a sudden separation from friends and teachers are unprecedented issues to address. Hornbeck talks to Dr. Josh Sharfstein about how Hampstead Hill is trying to take care of its school community, and how they’re preparing for the next period of uncertainty.
May 4, 2020
063 - Homelessness and COVID-19
Homelessness is already a public health emergency in the US. COVID-19 now adds to the unique challenges facing individuals without homes. So how are the homeless and their caregivers responding? Kevin Lindamood and Dr. Adrienne Trustman of Baltimore’s Health Care for the Homeless, and Barbara DiPietro of the National Health Care for the Homeless Council talk with Dr. Josh Sharfstein about homelessness amid a pandemic.
May 1, 2020
062 - An Emergency Medicine Expert Answers More of Your COVID-19 Questions
What makes this virus different from hundreds of other similar viruses? What happens if parents don’t take their children for routine immunizations? Does prone body positioning help ICU patients? Does coronavirus spread best in wet or dry environments? What are randomized control trials and why is everyone talking about them? Is it possible to give someone a tattoo from six feet away? Lauren Sauer, director of Operations with the Johns Hopkins Office of Critical Event Preparedness and Response (CEPAR) and Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine at Johns Hopkins Medicine, addresses questions submitted to email@example.com
May 1, 2020
061 - Inside the Johns Hopkins Lab That Developed Its Own COVID-19 Test
In March, Johns Hopkins Hospital began making its own COVID-19 tests. The lab now has the capacity to run 600 tests per day, but is limited by shortages in the supply of reagents: the chemicals needed to process the tests. Dr. Karen Carroll, director of the Division of Medical Microbiology at Johns Hopkins Hospital talks with Dr. Josh Sharfstein about what it takes to develop a working COVID-19 test, why labs across the US are struggling with shortages, and what needs to happen to fix access to testing.
Apr 30, 2020
060 - The Epidemic Within the Pandemic: Opioids and COVID-19
Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, the opioid epidemic disappeared from headlines but not from reality. Dr. Josh Sharfstein talks to Dr. Yngvild Olsen, the medical director of an addiction treatment program in Baltimore and the Vice President of the American Society of Addiction Medicine, about how her clinic had to pivot to stay open while protecting both patients and staff, how federal regulations have shifted, and what the status of the epidemic is and might be post-COVID-19. Disclosure: Medical school classmates, Dr. Sharfstein and Dr. Olsen are married.
Apr 30, 2020
059 - Social Media, Scientific Uncertainty, and Political Polarization—COVID-19’s Misinformation Storm
Misinformation about COVID-19 can have real human costs in the forms of physical harm and “straining the fabric of democracy.” But where does misinformation come from and how can it be prevented when so much is still unknown about the virus? Guest host Dr. Colleen Barry, chair of the Department of Health Policy and Management, talks with Dr. Brendan Nyhan, an expert in the politics of misinformation about health, about why people might believe false claims, the role of politics, and how to keep science at the center of the discussion. Learn more: jhsph.edu/covid-19
Apr 29, 2020
058 - Contact Tracing 101: The Public Health Strategy That Could Help Control COVID-19 and Speed Up Reopening
It might be too late to halt transmission of COVID-19 but contract tracing could help bring the outbreak under control. Dr. Emily Gurley and PhD candidate Brooke Jarrett break down contact tracing and what it would take to get “an army” off the ground in US cities. Gurley and Jarrett also helped develop a free course on contact tracing which will soon be available from Johns Hopkins on the Coursera platform: www.coursera.org/jhu
Apr 29, 2020
057 - Kathleen Day Returns for an Update on Reopening the Economy Post COVID-19
As officials consider how and when to scale back social distancing restrictions, a big question is: When the economy reopens, will there be anywhere to go? Financial crises expert and author Kathleen Day returns to talk with Stephanie Desmon about the millions of Americans filing for unemployment, whether our current crisis will rival the Great Depression, and how we could start to dig our way out. (Recorded April 13)
Apr 28, 2020
056 - How is COVID-19 Affecting People with Kidney Failure and on the Transplant Waiting List?
With organ transplants on pause in the US to free up needed hospital resources, Americans with kidney failure are forced to assume the risks of going to crowded dialysis centers three times a week. Kidney transplant surgeon Dr. Dorry Segev talks with Stephanie Desmon about how the organ transplant community can rethink ways to resume transplants, assess which patients might fare better with risky transplants, and if COVID-19 patients can be organ donors. Learn more: jhsph.edu/covid-19
Apr 28, 2020
055 - Cytokine Storms and COVID-19 Severity
For the subset of people who become critically ill from the novel coronavirus, cytokine storms could be to blame. This severe inflammatory disease happens when the immune system goes haywire in response to a novel threat. Rheumatology fellow Dr. Max Konig and neurosurgeon Dr. Chetan Bettegowda talk with Stephanie Desmon about the vital role of cytokine in immune responses, how to identify who might be at risk, and how research is looking into stopping the storms before they start. Learn more: jhsph.edu/covid-19
Apr 27, 2020
054 - Finding the Best “Cocktail” of Treatments for COVID-19
Until there is a vaccine, the best hope for the novel coronavirus is finding the right “cocktail” of treatments for managing severe illness. A unique clinical trial model developed several years ago may now help identify treatments that work. Dr. Derek Angus talks to Dr. Josh Sharfstein about the Bayesian inference model, a “March Madness” of testing multiple therapies at once. Learn more: jhsph.edu/covid-19
Apr 27, 2020
053 - Unlocking More Secrets of COVID-19: Seasonality, Flu Comparisons, and What We’re Learning in the Lab
Virologist Dr. Andrew Pekosz returns to the podcast with an update on what his team has learned about COVID-19. Pekosz and Stephanie Desmon discuss further indications that COVID-19 may not be seasonal, why COVID-19 is “the flu on steroids,” and how learning about how the virus replicates in our upper respiratory tracts could hold clues for treatment and prevention. PLUS: An update on the convalescent plasma therapy trial. Learn more: jhsph.edu/covid-19
Apr 24, 2020
052 - Everything You Need to Know About Antibody Testing for COVID-19
The market is suddenly flooded with antibody tests claiming to prove whether or not people have already been exposed to COVID-19. But two critical questions are yet unanswered: Are any of these tests accurate and does past exposure mean immunity? Immunologist Dr. Gigi Gronvall of the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security talks to Dr. Josh Sharfstein about a new report outlining the potential and pitfalls of antibody testing. They discuss how long it might be before we understand more about antibodies and immunity to COVID-19 and how widespread testing could help capture the true footprint of the coronavirus’s spread. Learn more: jhsph.edu/covid-19
Apr 24, 2020
051 - Dr. Jennifer Nuzzo Answers Even More of Your COVID-19 Questions
If bats are immune to the novel coronavirus, can we learn something to help fight the virus in humans? How can I tell if my cough is spring allergies or COVID-19? Is it too soon for businesses like barber shops and salons to reopen? Can the virus crawl or be blown by the wind into your nose? Why are some people asymptomatic? Dr. Jennifer Nuzzo of the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security addresses questions submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org
Apr 23, 2020
050 - School Closures in the Time of COVID-19
Most schools closed suddenly and have had to scramble to stand up online learning or other solutions to continue instruction in the midst of the pandemic. Further complicating the response is the fact that no one knows how long this will last. Dr. Annette Anderson of the Johns Hopkins School of Education talks to Stephanie Desmon about the Digital Divide, how schools are trying to prevent a “COVID slide,”—the fear that learning can be lost over long breaks. They also discuss the burden on parents, and how some districts are stepping up to address disruptions to vital services like food and mental health support for students and their families. Learn more: jhsph.edu/covid-19
Apr 22, 2020
049 - What’s Next With COVID-19: Considerations for Reopening Gyms, Bars, and other Non-essential Businesses
Much of our world was suddenly postponed, canceled, or shuttered in the last month or so. There’s now an opportunity to be more thoughtful about reopening. There are risks either way: wait too long and there are consequences for health, safety, and the economy. Open too soon, and viral transmission may ramp up and out of control. Dr. Caitlin Rivers of the Center for Health Security is coauthor of a recent report geared towards governors considering how to reopen non-essential businesses. She talks to Dr. Josh Sharfstein about the basic principles behind deciding when to reopen bars, gyms, salons, and other nonessential businesses. Learn more: jhsph.edu/covid-19
Apr 21, 2020
048 - Fast-tracking Coronavirus Solutions
The challenges presented by the pandemic are giving rise to a pipeline of research proposals focused on COVID-19. Julie Messersmith and Denis Wirtz are leading Johns Hopkins University's multidisciplinary research projects to develop better detection and protection tools and treatments for COVID-19 patients. They talk to Stephanie Desmon about how engineers, public health specialists, and medical doctors are teaming up to develop better testing and treatment solutions on incredibly fast-tracked timelines. Learn more: jhsph.edu/covid-19
Apr 20, 2020
047 - Back to School? Reopening a University During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Colleges and universities are already starting to think about what it would take to reopen for the fall semester. But bringing back students, faculty, and staff—and welcoming the class of 2024—will require a complete rethinking of campus life. Dr. Preeti Malani, chief health officer of the University of Michigan, talks to Dr. Josh Sharfstein about how she’s considering the health and safety of 50,000 students plus faculty and staff during the COVID-19 pandemic. Learn more: jhsph.edu/covid-19
Apr 17, 2020
BONUS - “One Pandemic, a World of Responses” Webcast
Drawn from a webcast series “The Politics and Policy of COVID-19,” a product of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation SNF Agora Institute. This episode focuses on the comparitive responses of different countries and political systems to the pandemic. Featuring Anne Applebaum, SNF Agora Senior fellow; Ho-fung Hung, professor and chair of the department of Sociology at Johns Hopkins; and Dr. Josh Sharfstein; and moderated by Hahrie Han, director of SNF Agora Institute.
Apr 17, 2020
046 - You Asked Questions About Coronavirus, Tom Inglesby Answered
Does the virus cause male sterility? Are false negatives a problem with COVID tests? Is there a connection between how much virus you’re exposed to and how serious the illness is? Should people on immunosuppressive drugs stop taking them? Does the virus “reactivate?” Can people really become immune? Why are there so many more cases in the northern hemisphere? Why will a COVID-19 vaccine take so long when we come up with a new flu vaccine every year? Tom Inglesby, director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security, answers a grab bag of listener questions. Learn more: jhsph.edu/covid-19
Apr 16, 2020
045 - Bare Shelves: Is the Food System Threatened by COVID-19?
Bare shelves in grocery stores feed pandemic anxiety but Roni Neff, an expert on food systems and public health at the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future, says this is not the biggest concern. Neff talks to Stephanie Desmon about how our robust food industry depends largely upon keeping its workers safe and well, how a pandemic completely shifts the model of emergency food access, and what’s being done to address these unique challenges to ensure everyone is fed. Learn more about CLF's COVID-19 response: https://clf.jhsph.edu/projects/clf-and-food-systems-response-covid-19 (This episode was recorded on March 30, 2020)
Apr 16, 2020
044 - “Identify Every Case”—Successful Contact Tracing and What it Will Take to Reopen the US
Contact tracing is a core tool of public health. Now, it could be a way to reopen the world. Crystal Watson of the Center for Health Security is the lead author of a recent report with a national plan to scale up our capability to conduct contact tracing. Watson talks to Stephanie Desmon about what contact tracing entails, how technology could help, how to approach privacy concerns, and why the plan could help employ thousands of people with some basic training. Learn more: jhsph.edu/covid-19
Apr 15, 2020
043 - COVID-19’s Particular Threat to Native American Communities
Poor health care, lacking infrastructure, and generational poverty combine to make Native Americans especially vulnerable to COVID-19. With previous infectious respiratory illnesses like H1N1, mortality rates were sometimes four to five times higher than US averages among tribal communities. Allison Barlow, director of the Center for American Indian Health, talks to Stephanie Desmon about COVID-19’s particular threats to Native Americans, what’s being done to help mount a “culturally informed” response, and how the virus is “revealing the cracks in our systems.” Learn more: jhsph.edu/covid-19
Apr 14, 2020
042 - Behind the Scenes of the Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Tracking Map
The COVID-19 dashboard run by the Johns Hopkins Center for Systems Science and Engineering has been a critical source of near real-time tracking of the spread of the novel coronavirus since it first emerged. Beth Blauer, executive director of Centers for Civic Impact and an expert on the public’s use of data and analytics, is part of the team that manages the map. Blauer talks to Dr. Josh Sharfstein about how the global dashboard originated, what new features have been added, and how the data can help individuals and officials make informed decisions for COVID-19 response. Learn more: jhsph.edu/covid-19
Apr 14, 2020
041 - The Rise of Zoonotic Diseases Like COVID-19 and Risks to Humans (And Their Pets)
Most new diseases originate from “spillover events” where humans come into contact with wild animals. Veterinarian and scientist Meghan Davis talks to Stephanie Desmon about the rise of infectious diseases and what is being done to prepare for future spillover events. She also covers how a tiger in the Bronx Zoo got a test, and the threats COVID-19 may pose to your own pets. Learn more: jhsph.edu/covid-19
Apr 13, 2020
040 - Historian John Barry on COVID-19
The historical context of 1918 shaped much of the response to the flu pandemic in the US—just it will with COVID-19. Dr. Paul Spiegel, director of the Center for Humanitarian Health, talks with historian and author John Barry about how an absence of credible leadership and messaging hindered response efforts then and what lessons we can apply today. Learn more: jhsph.edu/covid-19
Apr 10, 2020
039 - Amesh Adalja, Infectious Disease Expert, Answers Your Latest COVID-19 Questions
What did we learn this week? Is there a connection between 5G cell phone towers and the novel coronavirus? How often should you wash a homemade cloth mask? Is there any truth behind using hydroxychloroquine as a treatment? Will people on ventilators have permanent lung damage? What’s it like for doctors and nurses in the hospitals right now? Dr. Amesh Adalja of the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security addresses your questions submitted to email@example.com Learn more: jhsph.edu/covid-19