This week, an internationally recognized expert on biosecurity and infectious diseases, Michael Osterholm, went on Joe Rogan’s podcast to talk about the coronavirus. With all the information swirling and claims about the virus spreading in some ways faster than the virus itself, it’s confusing to determine the facts from misinformed, emotionally-generated, or fiction.
As the Director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy, there are few people as qualified as he is to tell us what’s going on, how to protect ourselves, and what to expect. He has been very outspoken about how unprepared we are, on an international level, for an influenza pandemic. In other words, he predicted something like this would happen in his book, Deadliest Enemy: Our War Against Deadly Germs. As he said to Joe Rogan, it’s time for straight talk. These are the main points to take away from the conversation along with the taping of the podcast.
“We’re going to get through this,” Michael Osterholm says.
Joe Rogan + Michael Osterholm Interview
- This coronavirus, like SARS and MERS, came from an animal
- There is no evidence that coronavirus has any origins in biochemistry or government conspiracy
- There have been 10 influenza pandemics in the past 250 years
- We need a new/better flu vaccine
- Take care of your health to protect yourself: drink water, eat well, and sleep
- This may last several months
- We could have had a vaccine. This shows why vaccines are important. The best route for children: Flu mist up the nose. For adults: injection. And, for seniors: high dose.
- We don’t stockpile in the United States. Meaning, we are not prepared for a health care crisis. But we can be.
- Washing your hands is always a good idea, but it’s not necessarily going to save us
- Closing schools is questionably a good idea, for many reasons
- There are so many crazy voices out there
- We need to protect health care workers
- We’re going to get through it
- This is a wake-up call