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Sep 18, 2020

Fire season in the western US is starting earlier and ending later each year and has seen larger, more intense fires in the last 10 years. How do these fires impact the health of people living nearby and, as smoke plumes spread across the US, can they impact the health of people further away? In this bonus episode, Dr....


Sep 18, 2020

What we are learning from universities that are opening their campuses for in-person schooling? Are rapid COVID tests as accurate as PCR tests? Can asymptomatic people experience heart and lung damage and other long-term health issues? If only some people are being tested, what does the positivity rate really tell us...


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...