Women’s Health Week Pledge


Ep 23 Osterholm Update COVID-19: COVID-19 and Mental Health

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Women’s Health Week 2020 Day 3 ‘The inside story’ The gut microbiome

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Highlights 2014 Women’s Health Week

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Jean Hailes Women’s Health Week Television clip

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National Women’s Health Week

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Women’s Health Week: Ask The Doctors Anything!

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Celebrate Women’s Health Week

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In honor of National Women’s Health Awareness Week, and in an effort to live a longer, healthier and happier life, I pledge to: Get Physical I pledge to recognize that small steps can add up to big benefits. Each week I will try to get at least 2 hours and 30 minutes of moderate physical activity, 1 hour and 15 minutes of vigorous physical activity, or a combination of both. A federal government website managed by the Office on Women’s Health in the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. 200 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, DC 20201 1-800-994-9662 • Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

ET (closed on federal holidays). National Women’s Health Week (NWHW) is a weeklong health observance led by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office on Women’s Health (OWH). The week May 10-16, 2020 serves as a reminder for women and girls, especially during the outbreak of COVID-19, to make their health a priority and take care of themselves. For the entire week, women are encouraged to learn more about their health and take a pledge to take at one step towards better health.

Tips for Improving Your Health When you take the pledge, the Office on Women’s Health recommends specific areas of your health. Given that the leading causes of death among women are heart disease and cancer, she is wise to be proactive. She got a jump start on National Women’s Health Week May 9-15, by putting an emphasis on self care, and she has urged the women in her life to pledge to do the same.

I encourage all women to follow suit. We pledge to value women’s health because the physical, social and emotional well being of women is essential. We pledge to mentor youth in preparation for this world whether it is an internship, a camping trip, a job opportunity, or a scholarship because youth have great potential. Obesity can predispose women to a host of health issues, including cardiovascular disease, diabetes and stroke. By making a pledge during National Women’s Health Week to get active and eat healthy, women can take charge of their personal health and lower their risk factors for these serious diseases.

Pay Attention to Mental Health. For the 17th annual event, the Office on Women’s Health is promoting a National Women’s Health Week Pledge. When you sign up to participate, you can connect with other women in your area who are also stepping up to the challenge and improving their health and wellness. If I pledge am I obligated to participate?Women’s Health Week initiative brings partners together to help Indigenous girls Jean Hailes has teamed up with Women’s Health Week community partners, the Stars Foundation and Bonds, in an initiative that sees the donation of underwear to Indigenous girls and young women throughout rural and remote Australia.

Join the National Women’s Health Week celebration! Spread the word using the resources below. Ideas for celebrating National Women’s Health Week. Social media.

Logo and web banner. National Women’s Health Week fact sheet (PDF, 226 KB) Find a Health Center. Enter a city, ZIP code (such as 20002), address, state, or place.

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Local and national groups—including the Boston Women’s Health Book Collective, the National Women’s Health Network, and later the National Black Women’s Health Project and consumer lobbies for the treatment and prevention of breast cancer—began drawing attention to how the U.S. health care system failed women.

“Has Feminism Changed Science?” by Londa Schiebinger
from Has Feminism Changed Science?
by Londa Schiebinger
Harvard University Press, 2001

National Women’s Health Week is a weeklong health observance in early May, coordinated each year by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office on Women’s Health.

“Investigating Social Problems” by A. Javier Trevino
from Investigating Social Problems
by A. Javier Trevino
SAGE Publications, 2014

Women’s health organizations encourage donating, getting involved by sending letters to legislators and helping to organize events, and educating oneself on women’s health issues.

“New Dimensions In Women's Health” by Linda Alexander, Judith LaRosa, Helaine Bader, Susan Garfield
from New Dimensions In Women’s Health
by Linda Alexander, Judith LaRosa, et. al.
Jones & Bartlett Learning, 2009

Three organizations stand out as emblematic of the women’s health movement: the Boston Women’s Health Book Collective (BWHBC), author of the now famous Our Bodies, Ourselves; the National Women’s Health Network (NWHN); and the National Black Women’s Health Project (NBWHP).

“The Moral Property of Women: A History of Birth Control Politics in America” by Linda Gordon
from The Moral Property of Women: A History of Birth Control Politics in America
by Linda Gordon
University of Illinois Press, 2002

Women’s Health Letter is a monthly, subscription-based newsletter for women over 40 written by health advocate and nutritionist Nan Kathryn Fuchs, Ph.D. It contains easy-to-understand, science-based articles of particular interest to preand postmenopausal women.

“The Estrogen Alternative: A Guide to Natural Hormonal Balance” by Raquel Martin, Judi Gerstung
from The Estrogen Alternative: A Guide to Natural Hormonal Balance
by Raquel Martin, Judi Gerstung
Inner Traditions/Bear, 2004

Women’s health activists responded to these and other crises by forming groups such as the National Women’s Health Network, an important advocacy organization.

“The Reader's Companion to U.S. Women's History” by Wilma Pearl Mankiller, Gwendolyn Mink, Marysa Navarro, Gloria Steinem, Barbara Smith
from The Reader’s Companion to U.S. Women’s History
by Wilma Pearl Mankiller, Gwendolyn Mink, et. al.
Houghton Mifflin Company, 1999

In the meantime, the National Institutes of Health has announced a $625 million Women’s Health Initiative, a study of more than 160,000 women to take place over fourteen years and intended to compile information on women and cancer, heart disease, osteoporosis, and other medical conditions.

“Encyclopedia of Women's History in America” by Kathryn Cullen-DuPont
from Encyclopedia of Women’s History in America
by Kathryn Cullen-DuPont
Facts On File, Incorporated, 2014

National Leadership Conference on Physical Activity and Women’s Health.

“Women's Health Care in Advanced Practice Nursing” by Catherine Ingram Fogel, PhD, RNC, FAAN, Nancy Fugate Woods, PhD, RN, FAAN
from Women’s Health Care in Advanced Practice Nursing
by Catherine Ingram Fogel, PhD, RNC, FAAN, Nancy Fugate Woods, PhD, RN, FAAN
Springer Publishing Company, 2008

These organizations included the Boston Women’s Health Book Collective, the National Women’s Health Network, and the National Black Women’s Health Project.

“Women and Health” by Marlene B. Goldman, Rebecca Troisi, Kathryn M. Rexrode
from Women and Health
by Marlene B. Goldman, Rebecca Troisi, Kathryn M. Rexrode
Elsevier Science, 2012

The success of the women’s health movement is reflected in the extent to which mainstream organizations and institutions, particularly federal agencies, have incorporated or adopted core ideas and created new opportunities for women’s health advocates.

“For Women Only!: Your Guide to Health Empowerment” by Gary Null, Barbara Seaman
from For Women Only!: Your Guide to Health Empowerment
by Gary Null, Barbara Seaman
Seven Stories Press, 2001

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  • Approximate pandemic start date: 01-Dec-19
    Days of pandemic 286

    World population: 7,811,202,000
    Total Infections: 28,607,382
    Total % of World’s population infected at some time: 0.37%
    Average days each individual actively infected: 14
    Average percent of the world’s population actively infected at any time during the pandemic: 0.018%

    Total deaths attributed to covid-19: 918,153
    Total % of World population dying while infected: 0.012%
    Average global daily deaths attributed to covid-19: 3210
    Average global daily deaths from all causes of death: 146,000
    Percentage of global daily deaths attributed to covid-19*: 2.20%

    Percentage of World’s population dying each day before the pandemic: 0.00187%
    Percentage of World’s population dying each day during the pandemic:*: 0.00191%
    Percentage change in daily death rate due to covid-19*: 0.00004%

    *Assumes all the people who died with covid-19 would have lived if the pandemic never happened.

  • Your dedications are lovely & show kindness & humanity. Thank you for your openness & honesty throughout this Global Pandemic. I am located in New Zealand & have been sharing all your updates with friends in the US since the Joe Rogan podcast 6 months ago. A rare clear voice amongst the madness of misinformation in the US. Thank you & all your team.

  • YouTube “Relaxation” videos really help… even leave them on at nite [OCEAN WAVES; MINDFULNESS; MEDITATION; ANGELS; CHANTS; PRAYERS…]. I collect them!

  • Hay doc, I’m yunita evy, I’m from Academy of Health Analyst. I want to ask Is hair loss going to cause serious health problems? Please Answer �� thank you

  • Thank you once again Mike, Chris and All at CIDRAP for another helpful podcast. My wife and I look forward each week to listen to your comments, advice and thoughtful reflections. You are very much our North Star in this pandemic.

  • I just don’t understand the continuing negative view of “daily at home testing. ” I do get it that it only has limited utility, but for me, a 68 year old grandpa who spends little time with others, a readily available home test would allow me to see my family members (and friends, for that matter) on a regular basis. People I know and trust to take the test. How is that not a dramatic improvement, at least for me (times x millions of others)?

  • On July 15 the Whitehouse seized control of the case data taking it away from the CDC. Prior to then the cases were growing exponentially UP; since then the published rate has slowed. As a civilian, I decided at that time that there must be a reason for this move and have not tracked any case data since, assuming it was “cooked”. My question is: as the professionals that you are, do you believe the numbers to be accurate? If so, why? Are you able to see the real numbers despite the obfuscation?

  • Doctor Osterholm don’t change anything in your podcast. Folks I first came across this gentlemen when I attended a conference in Washington DC in late Novemeber I think of 2000. If your can remember that time we made it through the disputed election. We made it through 9-11. Doctor Osterholm is professional and a true umpire. Listen to his analysis hang tough and we’ll make it. Thanks Dr. O.!! Keep giving us the professional and empathetic presentations which are YOUR STYLE.

  • Than you again Dr. Osterholm & staff!! This information is invaluable to me in navigating the pandemic. For me, I always enjoy the dedication & the closing, & analogies are a great way to facilitate understanding. Thank you, keep safe all!!

  • Thank you Dr. Osterholm! Please don’t change a thing! Everything is perfect especially your kind heart! Love your dedications and your ending songs. Looking forward week after week since the beginning to be educated with straightforward information.

  • Enjoying your content! Keep up the great work. If you have a second you could take a look at my account and follow if you like it ❤️��

  • I have sex 5 times a day 150 times a month i been doing this for 7 years iam 33 years old and i feel great but i often hear from friend that this much of sex is not healthy. Is this true?

  • Osterholm said that U.S. cases in the past week (up to this podcast) were in the “low 40,000s” but Worldometer shows an average of 35,000 cases a day from Sep 2 to Sep 8. There were 35,000 cases today as well.

  • Thank you Dr. Osterholm as a social worker, thank you. So necessary to acknowledge the need for MH supports and the people that need them right now.

  • Dear Mike, my husband takes a commuter bus daily to NYC. There are around 3 to 5 people on the bus on the way home. I think he said there are about 20 people on the bus in the morning on the 5am run. It is a 100 mile round trip commute from NJ. He does wear an N95 mask with another mask on top of it as it has a valve, he got a supply of them from his construction site in March. So far he hasn’t gotten sick. He was tested 3 times, once right before his colonoscopy, he was negative each time. I am getting nervous now that schools are opening and the Governor of NY is opening the restaurants for indoor dining at the end of September. My husband is almost 62 years old so we are understandably worried about him getting Covid. He doesn’t want to retire as he likes working so he is wearing the N95 mask and social distancing as best as he can. I hope there is a vaccine available soon…

  • The dedications are great! Whether it is a physician in the ER or the grocery stocker, the EMS staff or the truck driver, I deeply appreciate all of their efforts in often dangerous situations and for many low paid jobs. Everyone should be appreciative of these wonderful people and any public acknowledgement is much appreciated. Thanks.

  • .End COVID-19 … Now. 
    Directory of Doctors using safe effective inexpensive ionophores to kill the virus fast in thousands of outpatients. 

  • 100% the most genuine expert on the planet, if only he was our leader, things would look so different and so many lives would have been saved. Thanks for being so honest and genuine

  • It’s very hard,I work in an austism unit, there’s no social distancing, in the last week three students and the teacher were absent because they had a cough. My parents live in another county, are in their 60s and I honestly don’t know when I’ll see them again.
    My grandmother is nearly 90, she survived the virus, but with the possibility of re-infection, I don’t know when I’ll see her again either. Obviously I’m in a much better situation than the developing world, but the relentless isolation is so poignant.

  • Dr. Osterholm, thank you for all your good work. I’ve followed you since Joe Rogan. Undoubtedly many many people turn to you for advice during this trying time. Can I make one suggestion? Could you please stress (or even mention) the CFR, especially for younger and those with no comorbidities? Covid is bad, but people FEEL like it’s Ebola. (As one friend said to me, “This is like airborne AIDS!” I think we both know it’s clearly not. I know you’re deeply caring and concerned, but is it unreasonable to also stress the perspective in all this?

  • i hate that mag i liked their fb page for 1 day and they posted an article about giving a blow job to random guys to please THEM nothing about the womens health

  • One of my favorite songs, but I couldn’t help thinking it was about covid, lol.❤Thank you, for this episode. It was really important to hear those thoughts.

  • My battle with Breast cancer started 4 years ago, after so many Chemo, Radiation and other natural therapy treatment that I took just to cure my Breast cancer, it all did not work for my condition. I have been treating this disease for the past 2 years, but today I’m here telling the world about my final victory over Breast cancer with the help of cannabis oil medication. This is a breakthrough in my family with so much Joy in our life today, I was told about Dr Odia, when I heard about his good works from my friend I requested for the contact information of this man, after some days passed as I was always praying to God for mercy, I said to myself that God could use this man to heal me totally after giving myself this thought I immediately contacted Dr Odia, I do really appreciate all the help and contribution from every member of my family for all they did for me. And if you have any kind of cancer diseases, there is no need to waste money on Chemo or Radiation, go get herbals from Dr Odia Herbalist home on Facebook or via: ([email protected]), this is a medication that totally kill cancer cells..

  • Thank You Dr. Osterholm; from one Michael to another Michael. Thank you for giving me awareness, sensitivity, and calmness. I needed this latest Podcast from you. Bless you Sir!

  • .End COVID-19 … Fast.
    Directory of Doctors using safe effective inexpensive ionophores to kill the virus fast in thousands of outpatients. 

  • I started out as a huge fan of Dr O. With each passing video, I’m a little less so. Starting to disagree with him on the use of masks. Just not sure what the purpose of these videos is, anymore. Yes, I will continue to listen, but…. I don’t know. The shine is off.

    Or something.

    UCSF notes the amazingly low number of deaths in San Francisco. UCSF of course is where Rutherford and Monica Gandhi present their info and work. I think SF is doing a super job containing things, especially considering their current challenges, to use Dr O’s fave word! Maybe Minneapolis/St Paul are doing similarly well, I don’t know.

  • The worrying trend internationally declared on Wednesday is that the total new cases declared for the EU and the UK is actually bigger than the US. There’s a big surge for France and Spain, Ireland’s Capitol is seeing about 5% increase everyday. Lockdown fatigue has hit Europeans who have sacrificed their joy for 7 months

  • Once again Dr O for the tireless efforts you make in order to save lives… Seems like America is driving down this road and ignores the sign “Caution Ahead”….n now we’re ignoring the sign which now reads “Danger road ahead out” and we keep driving and pushing the country over the cliff! The next 6 months will be interesting.

  • “I’ve got a beautiful vaccine for you; the most beautiful vaccine anyone has ever seen. They say nobody has ever seen a vaccine anything like this before. Which one of my low educated followers will be the first to inject my golden cure? Step right up; don’t be afraid. I’ve got the cure for what troubles you” 1870’s snake oil salesman or 2020 US president?

  • How hard is it to fast-forward through his dedications or personal reflections if you ain’t interested? Smdh, people are even lazier than I thought.

  • Thank you Dr Osterholm, I look forward to these weekly updates. I appreciate your thoughtfulness and empathy. Please keep doing what you do. Greetings from Belgium

  • I seriously need to know? I’ve had treatment for precancerous cells when I was like 19 I’m 32 now and I was told by the nurse I could never get cancer again cause they were burnt out.is that true or should I have went for a smear in the last 2 years I ignored my app for smears cause of what that nurse told me and cause I was looking after my dying husband

  • According to the official statistics, South Africa has turned into one of the greatest epicenters of Covid-19 in the world. Since the beginning of April to the 12th July, the cumulative number of infections in South Africa has doubled about every 14 days. On 12 July 2020, 264,184 cumulative cases have been recorded, slightly more than double the 131,800 on 28 June, 14 days before. South Africa was firmly on track to record half a million cumulative infections by 25 July. Community spread appeared unstoppable. At that rate of increase, 1 million would have been infected by 8 August, 2 million by 22 August, 4 million by 5 September, 8 million by 19 September, 16 million by 3 October and some 32 million by 17 October 2020. That would represent 53% of the population of over 59 million people. The daily number of new infections should then have dropped off steeply. On that trend, over the first two weeks of October, between one and two million new infections were likely to occur daily. The growth of new cases in adjoining areas, such as Zimbabwe, Namibia, Eswathini, Botswana and Lesotho was much, much slower.

    However, on 13 July, the number of new cases in South Africa dropped significantly by about 1,440, or about 11%. The day before, the 12 July 2020, sales of alcoholic beverages were prohibited in South Africa, creating a false impression that the ban was the cause of the drop in numbers. However, this is false, because the normal lag period of some 5 to 10 days between the introduction of a new measure that is effective, and a reduction in case numbers, was completely absent, clearly identifying it as fake. This trend of a reduction of new cases continued daily and became progressively stronger. The result was that, today, 12 September, the official cumulative number of cases in South Africa stands at 646,398 instead of about 8.01 million, had the ‘trend’ of doubling every 13 or 14 days continued. There is no rational reason for a ban on liquor sales to cause such a sudden, steep drop in new cases. Hence the conclusion is that, over the three-and-a-half months before 12 July, the numbers have been manipulated up, as were the numbers on recoveries. Death numbers, on the other hand, were manipulated down: https://www.businesslive.co.za/bd/national/2020-07-29-excess-deaths-soar-to-more-than-four-times-official-covid-19-toll-mrc-data-shows/.

    The question is, why have the case numbers been manipulated up?

    Early this year, South Africa applied for an IMF loan of US$4.3 billion at a very low interest rate. On 27 July, the IMF publicly announced that the loan was granted https://www.imf.org/en/News/Articles/2020/07/27/pr20271-south-africa-imf-executive-board-approves-us-billion-emergency-support-covid-19-pandemic. Most likely, South Africa was informed of the grant earlier than the public announcement, perhaps around 12 July? Clearly, the numbers in South Africa have been manipulated up to impress on the IMF an urgent need for funds to fight the epidemic in the country. Most of the funds are likely to land in the pockets of corrupt people in positions of power and their family.

    A further question is, what is the real motive for the ban on liquor sales?

    The answer is that the ban on liquor sales will most likely drive many liquor stores out of business. The liquor trade is seen as lucrative, easy business. White owners of such businesses are exempt on a racist basis of financial assistance to weather the covid storm, including the IMF funds. Many of these businesses are likely to go bankcupt and be bought up at bargain prices by black politicians, their family members https://www.dailymaverick.co.za/article/2020-07-31-ace-magashules-sons-each-bag-a-free-state-covid-19-contract/amp/?_twitter_impression=true, and other black business people, perhaps using some of the IMF funds paid for other contracts where contract prices have been loaded https://www.news24.com/news24/southafrica/news/covid-19-sahrc-set-to-probe-gauteng-health-spending-amid-corruption-claims-20200730
    And https://www.dailymaverick.co.za/article/2020-07-30-province-to-disclose-ppe-procurement-details-to-avoid-corruption/
    And https://mg.co.za/coronavirus-essentials/2020-08-06-the-ppe-scandal-that-the-treasury-hasnt-touched/

    Fraud and corruption assume many a guise. The South African government is rotten through from top to bottom and the people in power are out on the loot. They saw an opportunity and they jumped on it. But at the same time, they are doing the South African population a grave disservice, endangering their lives and livelihoods. But, what the hell, never miss the opportunities a good crisis offers, hey?

  • ty on ur opinion on sweden… it get out of hand with this herd immunity nonsense… sweden already singing with success and promote others to do the same is dangerous… the world dont hold the same prudent value as the swedish did

  • This is a lousy broadcast, mostly because Osterholm again got into “mask-hate” phase. Remember, he was denying the benefits of masks before and then when it became foolish to do that he had to pretend like he did not. Now he wants to argue about JAMA paper. The fact is that we know that lower inoculation load in case of other infectious diseases does lead to, in general, less severe outcome. As a matter of fact this has been investigated by direct infection in 1930ies in case of flu so we know it holds for flu. We also have circumstantial evidence that in environments where mask use is universal there are less severe outcomes and higher incidence of asymptotic COVID-19. So there is a reason to believe that lower inoculation load of SAR-CoV-2 would lead to less severe outcome. Mind you, Osterholm is a PhD but he is not a medical doctor, in fact he does not hold any science degree at all. His only degree related to science is BA in biology so he is definitely not an authority on papers published in JAMA. I do listen his broadcasts because he has a lot of common sense and is very well versed in generalities but as far as science goes I think you should be critical of anything he says.

  • Couldn’t the surge in cases be simply that they are testing a lot more people with inaccurate PCR testing also taking into account over 90% of cases result in very little symptoms if ANY in the U.K. hospital admissions are very very low and Covid RELATED deaths are at approximately 10 a day we had 1 day this week it went to 30 but then dropped the next day most of these people being over 84yrs old with 2 or more pre existing health issues given the average life expectancy is just 80 these deaths are certainly nothing to worry about

  • We all have phones and the internet, so there’s no reason to feel lonely. No reason why people have to hide, either, when wearing a face mask allows us to go into public places safely.

    Most likely the main reason for people being depressed is a financial one. If you can’t make ends meet, that’s the real mental stress. I almost went crazy in 2008, worrying about paying my bills or if I would lose my house. That scared me so much that I saved every penny I could after the economy picked up and changed my way of life so that I could live within my means and be financially secure. By not spending on anything except what I absolutely needed, I now have enough savings to weather this financial storm.

  • Funny how he is not talking about deaths but cases. Big difference. Cases rise in Europe but deaths do not.
    Ok, listening to this he wants this to drag on.

  • Who doesn’t love the dedication and closing remarks? Have you no soul? Keep your haterade to yourselves �� Don’t you go changin’ Dr. O ����

  • Well this Pandemic has definitely reveal alot of mental illness or health concerns coming from the Alt-Right Christian racists organizations and the base of Trumpeteers. They all need to be Baker Acted

  • Very upsetting to hear Dr. Osterholm opinion on the lack of efficacy of the rapid at home antigen tests in controlling spread of the virus. He refers to a very biased article. There are very well respected scientists who believe in the value of rapid testing. Perhaps college students will not be as compliant as one would hope. However, a large majority of essential workers would be very compliant and it would be stress reducing. Day Cares, Elementary schools and High Schools would benefit. If a large number of people in a community were to do daily antigen testing the virus could be corralled within a month facilitating effective contact tracing. Dr. Mina makes a much better argument for rapid tests than Dr.Osterholm does to no use it. It saddens me that a well respected scientist such as Dr.Osterholm is closing his mind to this mitigation practice. Rapid tests.org will give you a much better insight into the value of these tests.

  • Just love this weekly podcast. As I shelter in place, it is certainly something that I look forward to as it is so true and therefore comforting.

  • Covid cases in Florida have increased. Still not stable here. Over 5000 new cases and over 400+ deaths in the last two days. Yet, bars will open up Monday. Even though most bars weren’t closed to begin with. As most bars obtain fraudulent food vendors license to masquerade as restaurant establishments. No mask mandates, no social distancing, and bars are operating at full capacity beyond midnight.

  • It seems to me now would be a good time for the federal government to use the defense production act to mass produce and distribute N95 masks to the public, and training on how to use them. Even if it took a month to get them out this would save lives.

  • I enjoy this podcast and value Dr Osterholms insights. What I will say is that I find his insistence on referring to masks as ‘cloth face coverings’ quite puzzling. Why people In positions of trust are still trying to muddy the waters and suggest some equivalence between a piece of cloth someone cut from a pillowcase and a mask made from materials designed to provide filtration just plain confuses me. Cloth masks are also frequently hotter and harder to breathe through than materials designed for that purpose. I use KF 94 grade masks from Korea, they fit well and I can breathe perfectly well. Today I tried a home made fashionable looking cloth mask and I suddenly realise why all these people are complaining about having to wear one.

  • Sorry you say that there is “no evidence” for low dose and prognosis in animal studies but has evidence ever been looked for? If it has could you please cite the papers which show that there is no correlation? In early summer the WHO and numerous reputable medical officials said that there was “no evidence” of masks offering any protective benefit to the public. They also said there was “no evidence” for aerosol transmission. Perhaps one of the reasons it took so many months for scientists to bother finding such evidence is this type of reluctance to entertain well reasoned yet speculative hypotheses as a basis for further research. If so, science may be more equipped for the rapid exploration that is necessary to respond to a pandemic if speculative hypotheses and their debate and falsification were a greater part of scientific publication.

  • I’m not sure why Mr. Osterholm did not mention this, but they are already making the vaccines. That is part of Operation Warp Speed, the president will not have to tell companies to make them, they are literally making them right now, in case one does get approved. I’m assuming Mr. Osterholm already knew that, at least I hope he did.

  • ALWAYS KEEP THE FAITH……THANK YOU MY FRIEND……I LOVE THE HEART AND SOUL YOU PUT INTO EACH PODCAST. My brother-in-law died today at 64 years… from Covid-19. Your messages have hit home today, but I was better prepared because of you Mr. Olsterholm.

  • Thank you so much! Listening now. So thankful you’ve posted another episode! You are the most wonderful Covid-19 resource. The whole world needs to know about you! The news is confusing people so badly. You set the record straight in an incredibly effective way-super kind, down to earth, informative, well organized, data driven…the list goes on! Thank you for having big shoulders, for your resilience, for being humble & kind, and for dedicating your life to serving humanity! You are a genuinely good person, thank you for existing! God be with you & yours, Dr. Osterholm & everyone on the CIDRAP team. Thanks again for all the wonderful work you do!