The ever-amazing Dr. Monica Gandhi returns to talk Flu/RSV/COVID, viral interference, China’s zero-COVID response, MPox, and public health lessons from HIV for the next pandemic—while searching for true meaning beyond our apparent divisions.
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Topics & Timecodes:
03:27 Influenza, RSV & COVID, “immune debt,” viral interference, population immunity, targeted boosting, pregnancy & immunity
12:30 Bivalent boosters, age stratified risk, flu shot uptake, public health’s vaccine messaging failures, China’s zero-COVID policy, mRNA vaccines & the immunocompromised
22:53 Mpox (formerly monkeypox) messaging, why at-risk population targeting is so important
28:17 Monica’s new book Endemic: A Post-Pandemic Playbook, HIV lessons learned but not applied to the COVID pandemic, harm reduction, school closures, global vaccine equity, planning for future pandemics
37:42 Social divisiveness & the moral matrix, societal harms due to the pandemic response, mental health, substance abuse & suicide, the Alt-Middle
44:15 Burnout, healing divisiveness, fostering compassion, searching for meaning through connection, waking up to what “is”
57:46 Final thoughts