The Osterholm Update: COVID-19

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A weekly report on the COVID-19 pandemic from infectious disease expert Michael Osterholm, PhD, MPH. Dr. Osterholm is the director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (CIDRAP) at the University of Minnesota and has spent a career investigating outbreaks. Since 2005, he has emphasized supply chain and other vulnerabilities and a critical need for pandemic preparedness. In this podcast, Dr. Osterholm dissects the latest COVID-19 news, data, and guidance. CIDRAP’s Chris Dall, MA, is the cohost of the Osterholm Update and a reporter for CIDRAP News. http://www.cidrap.umn.edu

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Episode 25: Ripple Effects
In this episode, Dr. Osterholm and host Chris Dall discuss COVID-19 activity in the US as the country's death toll surpasses 200,000, where we're at with vaccines, the role of the CDC following its latest challenges, indirect downstream health impacts being caused by the pandemic, and advice for pet owners. Email us your questions: OsterholmUpdate@umn.edu Visit our website: cidrap.umn.edu Subscribe on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/OsterholmUpdateCOVID19
Sep 24, 2020
Episode 24: Long-Haulers
In this episode, Dr. Osterholm and host Chris Dall discuss the need for leadership moving forward, lingering symptoms and conditions among long-haulers, the latest on different SARS-CoV-2 strains, and the importance of getting a flu vaccine as the fall and winter approaches. Email us your questions: OsterholmUpdate@umn.edu Visit our website: cidrap.umn.edu Subscribe on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/OsterholmUpdateCOVID19
Sep 17, 2020
Episode 23: COVID-19 and Mental Health
In this episode, Dr. Osterholm and host Chris Dall discuss news of a Phase 3 vaccine trial being put on hold, updates on the timeline for a safe and effective vaccine, the role of rapid antigen testing, and the pandemic's toll on mental health. Email us your questions: OsterholmUpdate@umn.edu Daily Coronavirus Testing at Home? Many Experts Are Skeptical: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/09/06/health/coronavirus-rapid-test.html
Sep 10, 2020
Episode 22: Pregnancy in a Pandemic
In this episode, Dr. Osterholm and host Chris Dall discuss herd immunity and the COVID-19 death toll, reports of more reinfections, what is known about pregnancy during the pandemic, and the critical need for data on vaccine safety and effectiveness before approval. Email us your questions: OsterholmUpdate@umn.edu How Our Brains Numb Us to COVID-19's Risks: https://www.washingtonpost.com/health/covid-risks-stop-seeming-so-scary/2020/08/21/09c286c4-cc49-11ea-bc6a-6841b28d9093_story.html
Sep 03, 2020
Episode 21: Crazy Days
In this episode, Dr. Osterholm and host Chris Dall discuss the impact that Sturgis and students returning to higher education might have on case numbers in the US, the critical need for quality and transparent regulatory science, and the first confirmed cases of reinfection with COVID-19. Email us your questions: OsterholmUpdate@umn.edu
Aug 27, 2020
Episode 20: Message Chaos
In this episode, Dr. Osterholm and host Chris Dall discuss reports of increasing cases in parts of Europe, challenges that universities are facing as students return to campus, and mixed messaging on topics related to COVID-19 testing, herd immunity, and the flu vaccine. Email us your questions: OsterholmUpdate@umn.edu Epistemic Trespassing: https://doi.org/10.1093/mind/fzx042 CIDRAP SMART Testing: https://www.cidrap.umn.edu/sites/default/files/public/downloads/cidrap-covid19-viewpoint-part3.pdf NYTimes Article on Herd Immunity: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/08/17/health/coronavirus-herd-immunity.html
Aug 20, 2020
Special Episode: Osterholm Update Live
In this special live episode, Dr. Osterholm and host Chris Dall discuss the latest COVID-19 activity in the US and around the world, then answer listener questions on understanding immunity to SARS-CoV-2, advice on how to get quality information on the pandemic, the reliability of tests, and more. Email us your questions: OsterholmUpdate@umn.edu Watch the live recording here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1LXro9ffc5M
Aug 13, 2020
Episode 19: No Time to Rest
In this episode, Dr. Osterholm and host Chris Dall go over the latest COVID-19 activity in the United States and around the world, the critical importance of vaccine safety, responding effectively to misinformation, and the role that face shields play in this pandemic. Email us your questions: OsterholmUpdate@umn.edu Register to attend next week's LIVE podcast recording: https://osterholmupdate.eventbrite.com Commentary in The Guardian: https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/aug/04/coronavirus-pandemic-wave-wildfire
Aug 06, 2020
Episode 18: Preparing for the Fall
In this episode, Dr. Osterholm and host Chris Dall discuss what the fall might look like in the United States, the CDC's guidelines on reopening schools, the latest developments in vaccines, challenges related to testing for COVID-19, and the effectiveness of cleaning and hand washing in reducing transmission. The Atlantic - Hygiene Theater Is a Huge Waste of Time: https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2020/07/scourge-hygiene-theater/614599/?utm_source=feed Email us your questions: OsterholmUpdate@umn.edu
Jul 30, 2020
Episode 17: Reopening Schools Part 2
In this episode, Dr. Osterholm and host Chris Dall discuss the latest COVID-19 trends in the United States, guidance for schools looking to reopen, questions regarding the durability of SARS-CoV-2 immunity, and clarify CIDRAP's position on cloth face coverings. Email us your questions: OsterholmUpdate@umn.edu
Jul 22, 2020
Episode 16: Reopening Schools Part 1
In this episode, Dr. Osterholm and host Chris Dall discuss considerations for reopening schools in the Fall, the concept of superspreaders and their role in the transmission of COVID-19, and recent statements regarding vaccines and masks. Email us your questions: OsterholmUpdate@umn.edu
Jul 16, 2020
Episode 15: A Coronavirus Forest Fire
In this episode, Dr. Osterholm and host Chris Dall discuss the continued increase in cases throughout much of the United States, how other countries have managed the pandemic, the latest on aerosol transmission of SARS-CoV-2, and the just released CIDRAP Viewpoint on COVID-19 surveillance. Email us your questions: OsterholmUpdate@umn.edu
Jul 10, 2020
Episode 14: Viral Gravity
In this episode, Dr. Osterholm and host Chris Dall discuss surging cases in the United States, the challenge of testing and tracing in hot spots, hugging in the midst of a pandemic, and news about a swine flu strain with pandemic potential. Email us your questions: OsterholmUpdate@umn.edu
Jul 01, 2020
Episode 13: What I Know and Don't Know About COVID-19
In this episode, Dr. Osterholm and host Chris Dall discuss the epidemiology of COVID-19 in the United States, racial disparities highlighted by the pandemic, studies measuring antibodies in recovered patients and what that might mean for immunity, and the challenge of communicating ever-evolving science to best inform the public. Email us your questions: OsterholmUpdate@umn.edu Studies on Immunity: https://www.nature.com/articles/s41591-020-0965-6 https://www.eurosurveillance.org/content/10.2807/1560-7917.ES.2020.25.24.2001031 Studies on Masks: https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(20)31142-9/fulltext https://www.pnas.org/content/early/2020/06/10/2009637117 Minimising Indoor Transmission of COVID-19 https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0160412020317876
Jun 24, 2020
Episode 12: A Tale of Two Countries
In this episode, Dr. Osterholm and host Chris Dall discuss recent trends in cases across the United States, the public's current perception of this pandemic and its timeline, an outbreak of cases in Beijing, the challenges that might occur if influenza season overlaps with ongoing COVID-19 activity, and the phases of vaccine development. Email us your questions at OsterholmUpdate@umn.edu The Role of Particle Size in Aerosolised Pathogen Transmission: A Review https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/21094184/ Quantity and Size Distribution of Cough-Generated Aerosol Particles Produced by Influenza Patients During and After Illness https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/22651099/ Aerosol Transmission of Infectious Disease https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/25816216/
Jun 17, 2020
Episode 11: Driven by the Data
In this episode, Dr. Osterholm and host Chris Dall discuss the role that asymptomatic individuals might play in COVID-19 transmission, the issue of repeat PCR testing and "chronic infection," the latest updates on masks, and studies assessing the effectiveness of shutdowns in reducing illness. Email us your questions at OsterholmUpdate@umn.edu
Jun 10, 2020
Special Episode: Masks and Science
In this episode, Dr. Osterholm and host Chris Dall discuss the current science on COVID-19 and cloth masks. Email us your questions at OsterholmUpdate@umn.edu References can be accessed here: https://www.cidrap.umn.edu/revised-mask-transcript-6220
Jun 02, 2020
Episode 10: A New Time for Public Health
In this episode, Dr. Osterholm and host Chris Dall discuss indirect consequences of the pandemic, issues around reported testing data, the upcoming CIDRAP Viewpoint report on contact tracing, and teaming up with the Minneapolis Federal Reserve Bank to co-host the webinar, "Living in a COVID-19 world." Email us your questions at OsterholmUpdate@umn.edu Living in a COVID-19 World webinar: https://youtu.be/zRgAvyaEiAQ
May 27, 2020
Episode 9: Smart Testing
In this episode, Dr. Osterholm and host Chris Dall discuss the concept of smart testing, the risk of transmission outdoors, reports of children developing an inflammatory condition following infection with COVID-19, and the CDC's role in this pandemic. Email us your questions at OsterholmUpdate@umn.edu Articles mentioned in the episode: CIDRAP Viewpoint report on testing: https://www.cidrap.umn.edu/sites/default/files/public/downloads/cidrap-covid19-viewpoint-part3.pdf STAT article by Helen Branswell: https://www.statnews.com/2020/05/19/vaccine-experts-say-moderna-didnt-produce-data-critical-to-assessing-covid-19-vaccine/
May 20, 2020
Episode 8: Raring to Reopen
In this episode, Dr. Osterholm and host Chris Dall discuss the many states beginning to reopen, the strategy being pursued in Sweden, the challenges and reality of a COVID-19 vaccine, and theories that the virus came from a lab. Email us your questions at OsterholmUpdate@umn.edu STAT news article on vaccines: https://www.statnews.com/2020/05/06/mounting-promises-on-covid-vaccines/ CIDRAP story on coronavirus conspiracies: https://www.cidrap.umn.edu/news-perspective/2020/05/scientists-exactly-zero-evidence-covid-19-came-lab
May 12, 2020
Episode 7: Pandemic Wave Scenarios
In this episode, Dr. Osterholm and host Chris Dall discuss future scenarios for COVID-19 based on previous pandemics, the shifting epidemiology of the disease and those it infects, and the possibility of college students returning to campus in the fall. Email us your questions at OsterholmUpdate@gmail.com Contribute to our crowdfunding campaign: http://c-fund.us/rjk
May 06, 2020
Episode 6: The Question of Immunity
In this episode, Dr. Osterholm and host Chris Dall discuss the latest information on immunity following recovery from COVID-19, outbreaks among employees of food and meat processing facilities, the role of pets in the pandemic, and the public's perspective on social distancing. Email us your questions: OsterholmUpdate@gmail.com Donate to our crowdfunding efforts: http://c-fund.us/rjk
Apr 29, 2020
Episode 5: Living with the Virus
In this episode, Dr. Osterholm and host Chris Dall discuss guidelines the White House issued for reopening the country, the theory and practice of contact tracing, and the misconception that COVID-19 will go away after one wave of infection.
Apr 22, 2020
Episode 4: The Reality of Testing
In this episode, Dr. Osterholm and host Chris Dall discuss whether the US is nearing an apex in COVID-19 cases, what it may look like to “reopen” the country, a reality check regarding widespread testing, and what to make of the constant stream of new information and research findings. Music: Beauty Flow by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/5025-beauty-flow License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ An excerpt of the original was used.
Apr 14, 2020
Episode 3: Preparing For What's To Come
In this episode, Dr. Osterholm and host Chris Dall discuss the COVID-19 situation in the US, the potential for subsequent waves of infection, racial and gender disparities in reported cases, and the use of masks by the public. Music: Beauty Flow by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/5025-beauty-flow License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ An excerpt of the original was used.
Apr 08, 2020
Episode 2: The Global Coronavirus Response
In this episode of Osterholm Update: COVID-19, Dr. Osterholm and host Chris Dall discuss the trajectory of the COVID-19 pandemic in the US and elsewhere, the US national response, the “war zone” situation in overstretched hospitals, and the leadership of the WHO thus far. Music: Beauty Flow by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/5025-beauty-flow License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
Mar 31, 2020
Episode 1: How We Got Here
In the first episode of Osterholm Update: COVID-19, Dr. Osterholm and co-host Chris Dall discuss how we got here and what to expect in the weeks and months to come. We also discuss potential immunity after infection with the coronavirus, testing shortages, and finally, how we can support each other and be good neighbors in this new world. Music: Beauty Flow by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/5025-beauty-flow License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
Mar 24, 2020
Episode 6: The Question of Immunity
In this episode, Dr. Osterholm and host Chris Dall discuss the latest information on immunity following recovery from COVID-19, outbreaks among employees of food and meat processing facilities, the role of pets in the pandemic, and the public's perspective on social distancing. Email us your questions: OsterholmUpdate@gmail.com Donate to our crowdfunding efforts: http://c-fund.us/rjk
Jan 01, 1970
Episode 5: Living with the Virus
In this episode, Dr. Osterholm and host Chris Dall discuss guidelines the White House issued for reopening the country, the theory and practice of contact tracing, and the misconception that COVID-19 will go away after one wave of infection.
Jan 01, 1970