CTT #67: Should Americans be worried about a ‘triple-demic’?

In this episode of Coronavirus: The Truth, Jeremy Corr and Dr. Robert Pearl discuss the latest buzzword of the Covid-19 era: Triple-demic.

Earlier this month, the CDC alerted physicians about the triple threat of Covid, seasonal influenza and RSV (respiratory syncytial virus), warning that the threat of multiple infections (and resulting respiratory disease) was greatest among young children and the elderly. Is the triple-demic a legitimate public health threat and what should listeners do about it?

You’ll find that topic and all the other [time stamped] questions from today’s show  here:

[00:52] Each show begins with the most recent and relevant facts concerning the Covid-19 pandemic and its impact on American life. What’s happening and what does it mean?

[05:18] Listener question: “Is the price of Covid vaccines going up next year?”

[08:50] Why do government and insurers seem willing to pay for so many complex services and facilities to treat people once they have a heart attack, stroke or cancer, but reticent to make the investments needed to reduce the incidence of these frequently avoidable problems?

[09:44] There’s still a lot of debate about myocarditis after vaccination. Any new research?

[11:00] What is a “triple-demic” and should we be worried about it?

[13:18] If everyone wore masks and washed their hands this winter, we could avoid millions of infections and thousands of deaths. So, why are Americans less likely than others to do?

[14:38] Listener question: I was recently vaccinated with the old booster and I was wondering about the new bivalent one. Is there data that says I should take it?

[16:30] What’s the latest on Long COVID (since it was featured in last month’s episode)?

[17:47] What are the risks of Covid-19 relative to kids now?

[18:59] What’s new in healthcare beyond Covid-19?

[21:52] How much risk should patients/consumers be willing to accept vs. their social obligation to keep others safe?

[23:13] Are parents of children with diabetes still cutting corners with insulin due to high prices?

[26:05] How does racial bias play a role in the care doctors provide patients?

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