COVID, Quickly, Episode 8: The Pandemic’s True Death Toll and the Big Lab-Leak Debate
Today we’re going to explain how COVID deaths have been seriously undercounted in many parts of the U.S. And we’ll discuss the raging debate over the origins of the pandemic virus: a wild animal or a sloppy human lab?
Air date: June 4, 2021
COVID, Quickly, Episode 7: The Coming Pandemic Grief Wave, and Mask Whiplash
Today we’re going to talk about an oncoming wave of disabling grief that could hit lots of people. And we’ll try to unconfuse you about the complicated new mask-wearing guidelines from the CDC.
Air date: May 21, 2021
COVID, Quickly, Episode 6: The Real Reason for India’s Surge and Mask Liftoff
Today we’re discussing whether human behavior or virus variants led to India’s COVID catastrophe. And we’ll talk about ways to make sense of the CDC’s new mask guidance and what it means when we’re coming out of the caves we’ve been in for the past year.
Air date: May 7, 2021
COVID, Quickly, Episode 5: Vaccine Safety in Pregnancy, Blood Clots and Long-Haul Realities
Today we’ll talk about why COVID vaccines seem safe for pregnancy, and the rarity of blood clots with the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, and the first strong data showing that COVID still hurts many people months after they first got sick.
COVID, Quickly, Episode 4: The Virtual Vaccine Line and Shots for Kids
Today we’re talking about when we’ll know if vaccines are safe for kids, why Biden’s claim that “everyone is eligible” for vaccines isn’t good enough, and how a tiny country proved rapid testing can stop COVID spread.
COVID, Quickly, Episode 3: accine Inequality–plus Your Body the Variant Fighter
Today we’re going to talk about the barriers Black and Latino people face in getting COVID vaccines, how your immune system strikes back against new coronavirus variants, and what the heck is going on with the AstraZeneca vaccine.
COVID, Quickly, Episode 2: Lessons from a Pandemic Year
Today, after a whole awful year of COVID, we’re going to talk about what we did wrong and what we’ve learned to do right. We’ll also be correcting an idea that the new Johnson & Johnson vaccine is second-rate and giving you news about some recent developments in COVID medicines.
COVID, Quickly, Episode 1: Vaccines, Variants and Diabetes
Today we’re going to be talking about the new Johnson & Johnson vaccine, the race between declining cases and the rise of new virus variants, and new ideas about why the virus may trigger diabetes.