In this episode of the podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Siddhartha Mukherjee about our ongoing failure to adequately respond to the Covid-19 pandemic. They discuss the significance of asymptomatic spread, the lack of Chinese cooperation, the failures of testing, travel restrictions, the missteps of the FDA and the CDC, controversy around masks, the lack of coordination among the states, conspiracy thinking about mortality statistics, the political contamination of public health information, electronic medical records, preparing for the next pandemic, the immunology of Covid-19, the long term consequences of the disease, concerns about a vaccine, the coming prospect of school openings, and other topics.
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At around 6:30 Sid talks about the Chinese doctor who sounded the alarm on the new coronavirus who also died of covid. He says “we’ll come back to that because it tells us something very important about this virus I think”
I don’t think they ever discussed it again, but my assumption is that he was going to say something about being around several people who were infected for a longer period. Not sure if that means he was reinfected after “clearing” the virus or that the length of time had an effect.
Any thoughts or insight from another interview someone has read/heard with Sid?
Yes and, at this point in the podcast I remember cueing for a double take as I thought that what Sid was giving Creedence to in tracking the virus back was only half of under covering all that there is on this. Remember, and those who need facts to back this may want to stop reading, COVID is the direct result of the Human Kingdom becoming out of balance with the other three Kingdoms (animal, plant and mineral). So if you loose your relationship because you get shit faced every night after work but your work performance hasn’t changed well, where are the facts honey???
I listened to the talk on YouTube. https://youtu.be/YX7Mu5NsKVo
The part about labs testing for the virus and about having accredited academic labs on standby in cases of failure was of special interest to me.
I think the point about resilience over efficiency was well made. We need sufficient inventories of PPE, masks, etc.
I agree we needed something like a military police presence to keep people off the streets to enforce quarantines. We should learn from countries that were effective.
This of course would imply we need emergency laws to override civilian control where things are out of control in epidemics etc.