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Sep 17, 2020

Iceland, an island nation of about 400,000 people, has seen fewer than 2,500 COVID-19 cases and only 10 deaths. Dr. Thorolfur Gudnason, Iceland’s chief epidemiologist, talks with Dr. Josh Sharfstein about how the country’s pandemic strategy meant they never had to close schools or restaurants, and how its research...


Sep 16, 2020

Chicago has seen drastic increases in opioid-related overdoses and deaths compared to 2019—an uptick that started prior to the arrival of COVID. Dr. Wilnise Jasmin, Medical Director for Behavioral Health, talks with Dr. Josh Sharfstein about how the pandemic has exacerbated the opioid epidemic while, at the same time,...


Sep 15, 2020

A cohort of COVID-19 patients—mostly middle-aged women—who experience “mild” disease not only don’t seem to be getting better, they’re developing new symptoms like debilitating cognitive fog, dizziness, and palpitations that linger for months after diagnosis. Dr. David Putrino, the Director of...


Sep 14, 2020

Flint’s water crisis, which exposed thousands of children to excess levels of lead, is far from over, but the city is making progress. Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha, the Michigan State pediatrician who exposed the crisis, talks with Dr. Josh Sharfstein about how an “unfair and preventable health crisis” became an...


Sep 11, 2020

Why would a virus that primarily affect the lungs also cause a heart attack? How do you treat injury to the heart and is recovery expected? Is there evidence that people with asymptomatic COVID cases could still experience injury to the heart and lungs? Should athletes who have had severe COVID seek a cardiac assessment...