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

Episode Date
Episode 61: Divided by Delta
In this episode, Dr. Osterholm and guest host Cory Anderson discuss the global and national impact of the delta variant, address misinformation about vaccines, discuss mixed messaging that has challenged public health, and answer a listener question about seasonality. Email us your questions: OsterholmUpdate@umn.edu
Jul 22, 2021
Episode 60: A Formidable Foe
In this episode, Dr. Osterholm and host Chris Dall discuss our uncertain future with this virus, the patchwork of activity at the global level, what we might anticipate as the Delta variant grows in the US, and an update on booster doses. Email us your questions: OsterholmUpdate@umn.edu
Jul 08, 2021
Episode 59: Wrestling with Risk
In this episode, Dr. Osterholm and host Chris Dall discuss the "whack-a-mole" nature of this pandemic, the latest data on the delta variant and what it could mean moving forward, global vaccination strategies, and the topic of mandatory COVID-19 vaccines on college campuses. Star Tribune Article: https://www.startribune.com/counterpoint-vaccine-mandate-at-u-would-be-counterproductive/600070928/ STAT Article: https://www.statnews.com/2021/06/15/resilience-prescription-covid-19-traumatic-events/ Email us your questions: OsterholmUpdate@umn.edu
Jun 24, 2021
Episode 58: A Year at Sea
In this episode, Dr. Osterholm and host Chris Dall discuss the international spread of COVID, the spread of the newest variant of concern, the ongoing virus origin controversy, the debate about immune passports, and a new segment on practical advice for listeners. Email us your questions: OsterholmUpdate@umn.edu
Jun 10, 2021
Episode 57: Reading the Pitch
In this episode, Dr. Osterholm and host Chris Dall discuss what global activity might look like moving forward, the latest on the B1617.2 variant, hosting the Olympics during a pandemic, and the importance of monitoring and investigating breakthrough infections. Email us at OsterholmUpdate@umn.edu Washington Post article: https://www.washingtonpost.com/health/interactive/2021/covid-rates-unvaccinated-people/?itid=hp-top-table-main-0430b
May 27, 2021
Episode 56: From Checkers to Chess
In this episode, Dr. Osterholm and host Chris Dall discuss updates from around the world, remarkable declines across much of the US, the CDC's updated guidance related to masks, and considerations for maintaining public health credibility. COVID-19: Workers Need Respirators Fact Sheet from ACGIH: https://1lnfej4c7wie44voctzq1r57-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/Fact-Sheet_Workers-Need-Respirators.pdf Article by Peter Sandman and Jody Lanard: http://www.psandman.com/col/Corona48.htm Email us your questions: OsterholmUpdate@umn.edu Shop podcast and CIDRAP merchandise: https://www.cidrap.umn.edu/shop
May 20, 2021
Episode 55: Mother Nature Strikes Again
In this episode, Dr. Osterholm and host Chris Dall discuss updates from around the globe, approaches to consider when learning how to live with this virus, thoughts related to guidance from CDC, and FDA's authorization of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for children 12 to 15 years of age. Email us your questions: OsterholmUpdate@umn.edu Shop podcast and CIDRAP merchandise: https://www.cidrap.umn.edu/shop
May 13, 2021
Episode 54: Vaccines and Taking Care of Friends
In this episode, Dr. Osterholm and host Chris Dall discuss the latest COVID-19 activity, an updated WHO document acknowledging the role of aerosols in transmission, the tipping point of vaccine supply and demand in the US, and the ongoing need for vaccines at the global level. Email us your questions: OsterholmUpdate@umn.edu
May 06, 2021
Episode 53: Two Doses of Vaccine and One Dose of Humility
In this episode, Dr. Osterholm and host Chris Dall discuss declining COVID-19 activity in the US, updates from global hotspots, and answer a variety of questions submitted by listeners in a special mailbag segment. Email us your questions: OsterholmUpdate@umn.edu This podcast is brought to you by the Longer Life Foundation: https://www.longerlife.org/
Apr 29, 2021
Episode 52: A Balancing Act Continued
In this episode, Dr. Osterholm and host Chris Dall discuss global cases reaching a new record high, the latest on vaccinations and blood clots, when we might expect vaccine supply to outstrip demand, and reports of breakthrough cases in individuals who were fully vaccinated. Email us your questions: OsterholmUpdate@umn.edu
Apr 22, 2021
Episode 51: A Balancing Act
In this episode, Dr. Osterholm and host Chris Dall discuss the latest epidemiology of COVID-19 in the US and around the world, considerations for school reopenings with the emergence of B117, and the pause in the use of the J&J vaccine. Email us your questions: OsterholmUpdate@umn.edu
Apr 15, 2021
Episode 50: Sitting in Limbo
In this episode, Dr. Osterholm and host Chris Dall discuss rising COVID-19 cases across much of the world, the apparent regional pattern of activity in the US, and WHO's report on the potential origin of SARS-CoV-2. Email us your questions: OsterholmUpdate@umn.edu Check out new Podcast and CIDRAP merchandise: https://www.mnalumnimarket.com/collections/cidrap
Apr 08, 2021
Episode 49: You Can't Dismiss Gravity
In this episode, Dr. Osterholm and host Chris Dall discuss rising COVID-19 cases across much of the world, the apparent regional pattern of activity in the US, and WHO's report on the potential origin of SARS-CoV-2. Email us your questions: OsterholmUpdate@umn.edu
Apr 01, 2021
Osterholm Update Live (March 23, 2021)
In this special live episode, Dr. Osterholm and host Chris Dall answer listener questions on the use of the AstraZeneca-Oxford University vaccine, new CDC guidance on distancing in schools, when children will be eligible to receive vaccination for COVID-19, and more. Email us your questions: OsterholmUpdate@umn.edu Watch the live recording here: https://youtu.be/BwjLZMjD1LA Moments of Light from Akash: https://www.osterholmupdate.com/post/act-of-kindness-from-akash Mended Heart Pendant by Karin Jacobson: https://www.karinjacobson.com/products/mended-heart-pendant
Mar 25, 2021
Episode 48: A Mended Heart
In this episode, Dr. Osterholm and host Chris Dall discuss the importance of humility when trying to understand COVID-19, the move to suspend use of the AstraZeneca vaccine in some countries, and physical distancing in schools. Email us your questions: OsterholmUpdate@umn.edu Watch the live podcast recording on March 23rd at 7pm Central: https://youtu.be/BwjLZMjD1LA Mended Heart Pendant by Karin Jacobson: https://www.karinjacobson.com/products/mended-heart-pendant Stream Vaccinate With Love by Peter Lake: https://open.spotify.com/album/2wILyl3gjwynCWDYG8hVRa?si=CC_ODHmhRTOrFpH2n_JPtg Transmission of SARS-CoV-2 from asymptomatic and presymptomatic individuals in healthcare settings despite medical masks and eye protection: https://academic.oup.com/cid/advance-article/doi/10.1093/cid/ciab218/6168040
Mar 18, 2021
Episode 47: Preparing for Act Three
In this episode, Dr. Osterholm and host Chris Dall discuss what the "third act" of the COVID-19 pandemic could look like in the context of vaccines and variants, easing of restrictions throughout much of the US, and the CDC's guidelines for fully vaccinated individuals. Email us your questions: OsterholmUpdate@umn.edu Browse the podcast and CIDRAP merchandise store: https://www.mnalumnimarket.com/collections/cidrap?utm_source=website&utm_medium=website&utm_campaign=CIDRAPpodcast&utm_content=CIDRAP
Mar 11, 2021
Episode 46: Winnable Moments
In this episode, Dr. Osterholm and host Chris Dall discuss why COVID-19 is declining in many areas of the US, where we're at with the variants, the latest CIDRAP Viewpoint report on strategic deployment of vaccines, and living with the virus after vaccination. Email us your questions: OsterholmUpdate@umn.edu Browse the podcast and CIDRAP merchandise store: https://www.mnalumnimarket.com/collections/cidrap?utm_source=website&utm_medium=website&utm_campaign=CIDRAPpodcast&utm_content=CIDRAP
Mar 04, 2021
Episode 45: Watchful Waiting
In this episode, Dr. Osterholm and host Chris Dall discuss why COVID-19 is declining in many areas of the US, where we're at with the variants, the latest CIDRAP Viewpoint report on strategic deployment of vaccines, and living with the virus after vaccination. Email us your questions: OsterholmUpdate@umn.edu Read the new CIDRAP Viewpoint Report: https://www.cidrap.umn.edu/sites/default/files/public/downloads/cidrap-covid19-viewpoint-report7.pdf
Feb 24, 2021
Episode 44: Hurricane Warning
In this episode, Dr. Osterholm and host Chris Dall discuss the debate regarding what lies ahead for the US, the ongoing need for global access to vaccines, and important considerations for respiratory protection and aerosol transmission. “Vaccinate With Love (Dedicated To Dr. Osterholm)” is available on Spotify, YouTube, Apple Music, Amazon Music, Tencent Music, Deezer, Tidal, and Pandora. Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/2LO6MZ0w06BnfgIfoJHIe6 Website: peterlakesounds.com Instagram: @peterlakemusic 100% of streaming royalties donated to the Frontline Families Fund Read more about protecting essential workers: https://www.cidrap.umn.edu/covid-19/preparedness-and-response/protecting-essential-workers Read the letter requesting immediate action to address SARS-CoV-2 inhalation exposure: https://www.cidrap.umn.edu/feb-15-2021-letter Email us your questions: OsterholmUpdate@umn.edu Browse the podcast and CIDRAP merchandise store: https://www.mnalumnimarket.com/collections/cidrap?utm_source=website&utm_medium=website&utm_campaign=CIDRAPpodcast&utm_content=CIDRAP This podcast is available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify and Google Podcasts. Subscribe on YouTube!
Feb 18, 2021
Episode 43: A Realist Adjusts the Sails
In this episode, Dr. Osterholm and host Chris Dall discuss the current trajectory of the pandemic and inconsistent public health messaging in the US, the latest information on variants and considerations for prioritizing first doses of vaccine, and questions related to the safety of dental and medical care amid the pandemic. Email us your questions: OsterholmUpdate@umn.edu Visit the podcast website: OsterholmUpdate.com Browse the podcast and CIDRAP merchandise store: https://www.mnalumnimarket.com/collections/cidrap
Feb 10, 2021
Episode 42: Calling an Audible
In this episode, Dr. Osterholm and host Chris Dall discuss the latest challenges related to variants of concern, the case for delaying second doses of current vaccines to broaden access to first doses, and double masking. Email us your questions: OsterholmUpdate@umn.edu Visit the podcast website: OsterholmUpdate.com Browse the podcast and CIDRAP merchandise store: https://www.mnalumnimarket.com/collections/cidrap
Feb 04, 2021
Episode 41: Surrender Is Not an Option
In this episode, Dr. Osterholm and host Chris Dall discuss the issue of opening schools, updates on variants of concern, and more news on vaccines and their distribution. Email us your questions: OsterholmUpdate@umn.edu Visit the podcast website: OsterholmUpdate.com Browse the podcast and CIDRAP merchandise store: https://www.mnalumnimarket.com/collections/cidrap
Jan 28, 2021
Episode 40: An Imperfect Storm
In this episode, Dr. Osterholm and host Chris Dall discuss the latest information on SARS-CoV-2 variants, estimates as to just how much of the US population might have some immunity to the virus, and the current supply and demand of vaccines. Email us your questions: OsterholmUpdate@umn.edu Listen to the rendition of 'Hail Mary' submitted by Ruth and her choir members: https://www.cidrap.umn.edu/hail-mary-full-grace-audio Visit the podcast website: OsterholmUpdate.com Browse the podcast and CIDRAP merchandise store: https://www.mnalumnimarket.com/collections/cidrap
Jan 21, 2021
Episode 39: Places We've Never Been Part 2
In this episode, Dr. Osterholm and host Chris Dall discuss the shifting baseline of COVID-19 in the US, the latest information on SARS-CoV-2 variants of concern, continued challenges complicating vaccine distribution, and side effects associated with the COVID-19 vaccines. Email us your questions: OsterholmUpdate@umn.edu Browse the podcast and CIDRAP merchandise store: https://www.mnalumnimarket.com/collections/cidrap
Jan 14, 2021
Episode 38: Places We've Never Been
In this episode, Dr. Osterholm and host Chris Dall discuss the rotating epidemiology of the pandemic in the US, updates on variants of the virus and what they might mean moving forward, and challenges with the last mile and the last inch of vaccine distribution. Email us your questions: OsterholmUpdate@umn.edu Browse the podcast and CIDRAP merchandise store: https://www.mnalumnimarket.com/collections/cidrap Read the Letter from Dr. Thayer Snyder: https://www.cidrap.umn.edu/letter-teresa-thayer-snyder
Jan 06, 2021
Holiday Special: The Polar Express
In this holiday special mini-sode, Dr. Osterholm reads the polar express to his grandkids. Happy Holidays from the Osterholm Update team! Email us your questions: OsterholmUpdate@umn.edu Browse the podcast and CIDRAP merchandise store: https://www.mnalumnimarket.com/collections/cidrap
Dec 25, 2020
Episode 37: Now Is the Time
In this episode, Dr. Osterholm and host Chris Dall discuss reports of new SARS-CoV-2 variants from the UK and South Africa and potential implications, additional federal recommendations for vaccine prioritization, further information on vaccines for pregnant women, and the epidemiology of the pandemic heading into the holidays. Email us your questions: OsterholmUpdate@umn.edu Browse the podcast and CIDRAP merchandise store: https://www.mnalumnimarket.com/collections/cidrap Resources for COVID-19 vaccines and pregnancy: https://www.acog.org/clinical/clinical-guidance/practice-advisory/articles/2020/12/vaccinating-pregnant-and-lactating-patients-against-covid-19 https://s3.amazonaws.com/cdn.smfm.org/media/2591/SMFM_Vaccine_Statement_12-1-20_(final).pdf https://www.cidrap.umn.edu/umn-pregnancy-covid-vaccine
Dec 23, 2020
Episode 36: The Miracle in Brainerd
In this episode, Dr. Osterholm and host Chris Dall discuss COVID-19 vaccines becoming vaccinations, forthcoming research related to the safety of vaccinating pregnant women, continued surges throughout much of the US, and guidance for having safe holidays. Email us your questions: OsterholmUpdate@umn.edu Learn more and donate to the Frontline Families Fund: https://www.frontlinefamiliesfund.org/ Visit the Osterholm Update podcast website: https://www.osterholmupdate.com/
Dec 17, 2020
Episode 35: The Last Mile to the Last Inch
In this episode, Dr. Osterholm and host Chris Dall discuss COVID-19 trends in the US and globally, the last mile and the critical last inch of the vaccine journey, and what we've learned about schools to this point. Email us your questions: OsterholmUpdate@umn.edu Learn more and donate to the Frontline Families Fund: https://www.frontlinefamiliesfund.org/ Visit the Osterholm Update podcast website: https://www.osterholmupdate.com/
Dec 10, 2020
Episode 34: The Best of Times and the Worst of Times
In this episode, Dr. Osterholm and host Chris Dall discuss the status of COVID-19 in the US post-Thanksgiving, ACIP recommendations for how vaccine distribution should be prioritized, potential timelines for vaccine distribution, shortening quarantine, and how to talk to children about the pandemic. Email us your questions: OsterholmUpdate@umn.edu Learn more and donate to the Frontline Families Fund: https://www.frontlinefamiliesfund.org/ Visit the Osterholm Update podcast website: https://www.osterholmupdate.com/
Dec 03, 2020
Episode 33: A Thanksgiving Perspective
In this episode, Dr. Osterholm and host Chris Dall discuss the exponential growth of cases in the US and elsewhere, more promising news regarding vaccines and the obstacles that remain, the impact of surging cases on healthcare workers, and an opportunity to help out with the Frontline Families Fund. Email us your questions: OsterholmUpdate@umn.edu Learn more and donate to the Frontline Families Fund: https://www.frontlinefamiliesfund.org/ Visit the Osterholm Update podcast website: https://www.osterholmupdate.com/
Nov 25, 2020
Episode 32: Stop Swapping Air
In this episode, Dr. Osterholm and host Chris Dall discuss the exponential growth of cases in the US and elsewhere, more promising news regarding vaccines and the obstacles that remain, the impact of surging cases on healthcare workers, and an opportunity to help out with the Frontline Families Fund. Email us your questions: OsterholmUpdate@umn.edu Share the #StopSwappingAir message on your social media: https://www.cidrap.umn.edu/stop-swapping-air-campaign Subscribe to the new CIDRAP podcast miniseries, Superbugs and You: https://link.chtbl.com/superbugsandyoutrailer Learn more and donate to the Frontline Families Fund: https://www.frontlinefamiliesfund.org/ Visit the Osterholm Update podcast website: https://www.osterholmupdate.com/
Nov 18, 2020
Episode 31: Pay to Prevail
In this episode, Dr. Osterholm and host Chris Dall discuss the pandemic's growing strain on healthcare systems across the US, limitations of modeling, the concept of paying to prevail, encouraging news in the vaccine world, and the implications of infected mink in Denmark. Email us your questions: OsterholmUpdate@umn.edu Visit the Osterholm Update podcast website: https://www.osterholmupdate.com/ Support the podcast here: https://www.cidrap.umn.edu/donate-now
Nov 12, 2020
Episode 30: A New Dialogue
In this episode, Dr. Osterholm and host Chris Dall discuss record-breaking case numbers in the US, public trust in science amid the COVID-19 pandemic, expectations for vaccines, more details related to bubbling, and the risks associated with gatherings. Email us: OsterholmUpdate@umn.edu Support the podcast here: https://www.cidrap.umn.edu/donate-now
Nov 06, 2020
Episode 29: Finding Light While in the Tunnel
In this episode, Dr. Osterholm and host Chris Dall discuss surging case numbers across the US and many parts of the world, the shortage trifecta and the challenges it brings, and steps people can take to stay as safe as possible until we reach the light at the end of the COVID-19 tunnel. Email us your questions: OsterholmUpdate@umn.edu Support the podcast here: https://www.cidrap.umn.edu/donate-now
Oct 29, 2020
Episode 28: Failure Is Not an Option
In this episode, Dr. Osterholm and host Chris Dall discuss what lies ahead in the coming months, misconceptions related to Sweden, the "pixie dust and pseudoscience" behind the Great Barrington Declaration, and considerations for Halloween and other holidays in this age of COVID-19. Email us your questions: OsterholmUpdate@umn.edu Support the podcast here: https://www.cidrap.umn.edu/donate-now
Oct 21, 2020
Special Episode: Osterholm Update Live (October 2020)
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 blood type and the role it may play in COVID-19 infection, the Great Barrington Declaration, what reinfections might mean for vaccines, an update on Mama Kitty, and more. Email us your questions: OsterholmUpdate@umn.edu Watch the live recording here: https://youtu.be/D9ihyYQL8O0 Support the podcast here: https://www.cidrap.umn.edu/donate-now
Oct 15, 2020
Episode 27: COVID in the Capital
In this episode, Dr. Osterholm and host Chris Dall discuss the outbreak of COVID-19 at the White House and the lessons it provides, the CDC's acknowledgement of airborne transmission, and advice on how to vote as safely as possible during a pandemic. Watch next week's live recording of the podcast: https://youtu.be/D9ihyYQL8O0 Watch today's (10/8) webinar with the FDA Commissioner on the review process for vaccines: https://youtu.be/C75_eMnNvlc Email us your questions: OsterholmUpdate@umn.edu Support the podcast here: https://www.cidrap.umn.edu/donate-now
Oct 08, 2020
Episode 26: Planes, Trains, or Automobiles?
In this episode, Dr. Osterholm and host Chris Dall discuss the changing demographics of new COVID-19 cases, the prevalence of SARS-CoV-2 antibodies in the US, what the end of the pandemic might look like, and recommendations for traveling and gatherings as the holiday season approaches. Email us your questions: OsterholmUpdate@umn.edu Visit our website: cidrap.umn.edu Subscribe on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/OsterholmUpdateCOVID19
Oct 01, 2020
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 Visit our website: cidrap.umn.edu Subscribe on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/OsterholmUpdateCOVID19 Daily Coronavirus Testing at Home? Many Experts Are Skeptical: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/09/06/health/coronavirus-rapid-test.html Prevalence of Depression Symptoms in US Adults Before and During the COVID-19 Pandemic: https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamanetworkopen/fullarticle/2770146 Mental Health, Substance Use, and Suicidal Ideation During the COVID-19 Pandemic — United States, June 24–30, 2020: https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/69/wr/mm6932a1.htm The Implications of COVID-19 for Mental Health and Substance Use: https://www.kff.org/coronavirus-covid-19/issue-brief/the-implications-of-covid-19-for-mental-health-and-substance-use/
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@umn.edu 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@umn.edu 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.
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.
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.
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.
Mar 24, 2020