An infectious disease expert sits with Joe Rogan for his podcast and gives an eye-opening interview about COVID-19, the latest strain of the coronavirus.


Michael Osterholm is an infectious disease expert and a distinguished educator in health sciences who lays out some startling information in the interview. BEFORE YOU WATCH THE INTERVIEW, read this excerpt on his credentials from Wikipedia:

Michael Osterholm is the director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (CIDRAP) at the University of Minnesota and a Regents Professor, the McKnight Presidential Endowed Chair in Public Health, a Distinguished Teaching Professor in the Division of Environmental Health Sciences, School of Public Health, a professor in the Technological Leadership Institute, College of Science and Engineering, and an adjunct professor in the University of Minnesota Medical School. He is also on the Board of Regents at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa. - wikipedia


Okay, so Osterholm's background in infectious disease research seems rock-solid. His (educated) guess on what this virus will do is something of which we need to take heed. Not something over which we need to panic; not something over which we need to lose sleep. (proper rest is needed to maintain your health); not something to which we need to over-react: just something of which we need to be aware.

The biggest thing I took from this interview is that even with hand-washing and hand-sanitizing, we are still susceptible to contracting this virus. It appears to be easily transmitted through airborne particles.

We now have data to show that you're infectious before even get sick and in some cases, quite highly infectious... just breathing is all that you need to do so. - Michael Osterholm (rough transcript from podgist)

What I plan on doing is this: I will try to wash my hands more often, try to minimize touching my face, avoid the elderly population, and hope that no one around me contracts this virus.

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