It has been a busy two weeks for news outlets covering the coronavirus pandemic. The holidays brought a surge in new cases and deaths. A coronavirus mutation was reported in England. Reports of allergic reactions to the vaccine have also surfaced. There’s news on at-home testing kits and there’s a new coronavirus relief package that has been signed by the president.
In this episode of Coronavirus: The Truth, Jeremy Corr and Dr. Robert Pearl discuss these events and answer listener questions.
Here’s what was covered [and when] on this episode:
[00:49] What was the biggest coronavirus news from this past week?
[04:13] Listener questions: “What does it mean that the virus has mutated?” and “Will the current vaccines work on these new mutations?”
[09:11] How many Americans must be vaccinated to reach herd immunity?
[12:03] Any truth to the accusation that Dr. Fauci downplayed the threats of the coronavirus to avoid inciting panic?
[14:33] Why has the pandemic divided, rather than united, our country? And what, if anything, could be done to keep politics out of future pandemic responses?
[17:50] Listener question: “I’m 48 and my parents just had their 80th birthdays. When will we be able to get vaccinated?”
[20:54] Are young and healthy people right to worry about vaccine scarcity in the U.S.?
[23:26] Listener question: Should we worry about reports of severe allergic reactions to the vaccine?
[25:41] What exactly is in the vaccines? Do the ingredients differ between the Pfizer, Moderna, and others?
[27:38] Is it difficult to keep the vaccines at extreme low temperatures, especially in more rural areas?
[30:20] Listener question: “Can my employer force me to be vaccinated as a condition of employment?”
[33:37] After someone is vaccinated, can he/she return to their pre-pandemic lifestyle?
[36:48] What’s the status of at-home testing for Covid-19? Coming soon?
[40:00] Why do pro and NCAA sports continue to stumble (with game cancellations in all major sports)?
[42:15] With many similarities to the “Spanish flu” of 1918, why haven’t Americans learned lessons from history?
[44:55] What should Americans know about the coronavirus stimulus bill signed by the president?
[48:14] The relief package includes a law against “surprise medical billing.” What is surprise medical billing and how will this legislation change the current practice?
[50:53] U.S. life expectancy grew in 2019, but what will the 2020 data show?
*To ensure the credibility of this program, Coronavirus: The Truth refuses to accept sponsorship, outside funding sources or guests with any financial or personal conflicts of interest.