Coronacast
Coronacast
Jan 20, 2021
The huge coronavirus challenge facing America's new President
Play • 11 min
Joe Biden has been sworn into office early this morning and now faces a monstrous battle to get COVID under any semblance of control.

Yesterday, according to Johns Hopkins University, the US recorded more than 400,000 coronavirus deaths since the pandemic began.

As the weeks pass and the pandemic spreads, more and more people are dying. At the moment, an American is dying of COVID roughly every 38 seconds.

So on today’s Coronacast, the huge problem facing America and what President Biden might be able to do about it.

Also on today's show:

* As vaccines continue to rollout, when will case numbers (and deaths) start dropping?

* Nearly a third of people who were discharged from hospitals in England after being treated for COVID-19 were readmitted within five months

* A bit of feedback on yesterday's episode on the time taken to bust COVID clusters

* And what do we know about breastfeeding after taking a COVID vaccine?
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