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Oct 27, 2021

Where are we now on combating mis- and disinformation about COVID and vaccines that has run rampant online since the early days of the pandemic? Clint Watts and Rachel Chernaskey of Miburo, a digital consulting company that focuses on misinformation and extremism, talk with Dr. Josh Sharfstein about the current...


Oct 25, 2021

Across the US, 84% of residents in nursing homes and long-term care facilities are vaccinated for COVID-19, but only 64% of staff. Federal mandates could help but it’s unclear when or how those would be enforced and, in the meantime, the industry is already suffering from a severe staffing shortage. Dr....


Oct 22, 2021

At this point in the pandemic, what do we need to know about masks? Dr. Amesh Adalja from the Center for Health Security talks with Stephanie Desmon about a new report, “Masks and Respirators for the 21st Century: Policy Changes Needed to Save Lives and Prevent Societal Disruption.” They talk about which masks are...


Oct 21, 2021

On a special episode, Tradeoffs host Dan Gorenstein talks about how the pandemic has affected the public health workforce: More than 300 officials quit, were fired, or retired while, at the same time, applications to public health programs jumped 40%. Gorenstein introduces a conversation between Jen Miller, who left her...


Oct 20, 2021

There was virtually no flu in the U.S. last year thanks to a confluence of factors including COVID-related mask wearing and social distancing. But, now that more and more of life is “back to normal,” what can we expect to see this year? Virologist Dr. Andy Pekosz returns to the podcast to talk with Stephanie Desmon...