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IMMUNITY IS THE ONLY WAY THROUGH A PANDEMIC (W/DR. MONICA GANDHI)
Immunity (natural and/or vaccine-induced) is the only way through a pandemic. Dr. Gandhi returns to discuss how we get there.
Watch all our prior discussions with Dr. Monica Gandhi here.
We talk about the bungled messaging around vaccines, masks, and natural immunity, why vaccines decrease actual viral transmission, why the US got hit so hard with Delta & why shame backfires in public health, why masks and lockdowns can’t end a pandemic, natural immunity & why a single dose of vaccine should be our recommendation, the correct thinking on “booster” vaccines, the distinction between antibodies levels & B and T memory cells in durable immune responses to coronavirus, why Dr. Gandhi’s stance of vaccine mandates and immunity passports has evolved, the high rate of vaccine uptake among doctors, why death is not always the enemy (RIP Frodo), schools and equity (public vs. private), therapeutics like ivermectin, monoclonals, fluvoxamine, and more, turning the pandemic endemic like cold & flu, what’s up with Mu variant, and more!
0:45 Were we wrong saying the pandemic was over back in May?
2:44 The failure of vaccine messaging: vaccine “breakthrough” PCR testing etc.
9:02 Defanging COVID by reducing severe disease
9:44 Who should really get boosters
12:30 Vaccine nationalism
13:16 In Public Health, messaging is EVERYTHING, shame doesn’t work
16:05 Immunity is the answer, Australia, the 1918 Flu pandemic, smallpox
19:22 You won’t eradicate SARS-CoV2 so how do we make it endemic
20:27 Natural and vaccine-induced immunity, vaccine spacing, B vs T cells
28:36 Israel and Immunity Passports/Vaccine Mandates
31:08 Masks vs. Vaccines
31:58 The European experience
34:29 Delta surge in the US
35:43 Vaccine mandates should take into account natural immunity
36:52 Doctors’ vaccination rate is 96%
38:31 RIP Frodo the Dog and fates worse than death
41:13 Risks to kids in schools, private vs. public schools
43:51 What happened to the San Francisco we knew?
45:21 Global vaccine equity, and pandemic politics
49:24 Therapeutics like ivermectin, monoclonals, fluvoxamine, molnupiravir and more
55:53 Mu variant
WHY THIS FEDERAL VACCINE MANDATE IS A HUGE MISTAKE
Sometimes I think our leaders don’t understand human beings. At all.
See also a relevant discussion with Dr. Monica Gandhi here. Here’s my previous piece on the dynamics of the Delta surge. And here’s an older piece we did on needle fear.
NATURAL IMMUNITY IS REAL, AND HERE’S WHAT THAT MEANS
New preprint data suggests prior COVID infection generates fantastic immunity. Can we talk about that? What it means for vaccines, mandates, and more.
IMPROVING RECOVERY & HEALING BEYOND THE ICU (W/DR. WES ELY)
A front-line critical care doc talks about why preserving quality of life AFTER an ICU stay matters…a LOT.
Dr. Wes Ely’s book, Every Deep-Drawn Breath, is available now.
VIRTUAL REALITY, COVID, & THE FUTURE OF PUBLIC HEALTH (W/GARY YOST & DR. JOSIAH CHILD)
A filmmaker and an emergency physician (who almost died of COVID) teamed up to create a powerful VR time capsule for the pandemic. Is this the future of public health education?
You can watch the Inside COVID-19 documentary using an Oculus Quest VR headset here. Here’s a link to the trailer. If you don’t have an Oculus, you can watch a 2d rendered version here. If you have a non-Oculus headset or are watching using the YouTube app on a phone, here’s a cool way to watch. Check out WisdomVR here. And here’s Dr. Child’s Songs4Life COVID recovery website.
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