LSHTM Viral

LSHTM Viral

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A global health podcast focusing on the science behind outbreaks and how we respond to them. Brought to you from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine.


S1E18: Your questions. Expert answers #2 - LSHTM Viral LIVE
Mar 27 • 41 min
Streaming remotely from our homes, we bring you our live Covid-19 Q&A, broadcast on Twitter and YouTube on the 25th March. Heidi Larson, an anthropologist and Professor of risk and decision science at LSHTM, and Jimmy Whitworth, Professor of International…
S1E17: Is washing your hands enough?
Mar 20 • 30 min
Is hand-washing enough to stop the spread of COVID-19? In this episode, LSHTM professor Wendy Graham joins Prof Stephanie Dancer from NHS Lanarkshire to explain the science behind hand-washing and give tips on keeping clean during the COVID-19 pandemic.…
S1E16: Changing the way we live to fight COVID-19
Mar 18 • 17 min
The UK’s response to COVID-19 has dramatically changed in recent days. Dr. Adam Kucharski, outbreak modeller from LSHTM is working to provide robust scientific evidence for the government and other decision-makers. Adam talks us through the evidence…
S1E15: On the frontlines of the pandemic in the UK
Mar 16 • 11 min
We speak to Professor Liam Smeeth, who is the Dean of the Faculty of Epidemiology and Population Health at LSHTM, and also a practising GP in north London. As cases spread across Europe, Prof Smeeth discusses what it’s like on the frontlines of UK…
S1E14: Your questions. Expert answers – LSHTM Viral LIVE
Mar 10 • 42 min
Broadcast on the 5th March, we ran a live Q & A session with two of our outbreak experts, Professor Jimmy Whitworth and Dr Roz Eggo. Jimmy and Roz answer on a range of topics proposed by the audience including vaccines, current public health measures at…
S1E13: Turning the tide on COVID-19: lessons from the Diamond Princess
Mar 4 • 16 min
In this episode we speak to Annelies Wilder-Smith, Professor of Emerging Infectious Disease at LSHTM. With a team of scientists, she has just published a paper on the success and failures of quarantining the Diamond Princess cruise ship, with their…
S1E12: Communicating COVID-19: behind the scenes with LSHTM’s press office
Mar 2 • 8 min
In a special behind-the-scenes episode, we here at LSHTM share what it is actually like to be working on communications during COVID-19. James Barr, Media Manager of LSHTM’s Press Office, takes us through a day in the life of a PR professional during a…
S1E11: Misinformation contagion
Feb 26 • 12 min
Misinformation during an outbreak has serious consequences, but how do we prevent it? Professor Heidi Larson, Director of Vaccine Confidence Project at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and former head of immunisation communication at…
S1E10: Viruses don’t discriminate
Feb 21 • 17 min
There are now daily reports in the media of racist abuse and attacks against Chinese and East Asian people due to the coronavirus outbreak. We speak to LSHTM statistician Edmond Ng and Jabez Lam from Hackney Chinese Community Services about the…
S1E9: Prevention, protection, and paediatrics during COVID-19
Feb 19 • 14 min
Can we protect ourselves from COVID-19? Dr Shunmay Yeung is a paediatrician who specialises in infectious diseases, and was one of the first LSHTM responders to the Ebola outbreak in 2014. Here, she discusses personal protective equipment (PPE) for…
S1E8: The global response to the COVID-19 outbreak
Feb 14 • 20 min
Having worked with the WHO for more than 22 years, David Heymann is renowned as one of the world’s leading disease control experts. In a wide-ranging chat, David discusses the global response to COVID-19, the challenges faced by policymakers and his…
S1E7: Using mathematics to help control COVID-19
Feb 13 • 15 min
Dr Adam Kucharski talks us through mathematical modelling – what it is and its crucial role during disease outbreaks like the novel coronavirus. He also explores the implications of using certain language during outbreaks, and answers a question from one…
S1E6: What do you want to know about COVID-19?
Feb 12 • 3 min
We want to hear from you! Please get in touch by emailing [email protected] and let us know what you would like to hear on the podcast. Stay tuned for upcoming episodes with top outbreak-modeller Adam Kucharski and Professor David Heymann who led the…
S1E5: Coronavirus - will it become a pandemic?
Feb 7 • 16 min
Is coronavirus on it’s way to becoming a full pandemic? Professor Peter Piot is Director of LSHTM, founding executive director of UNAIDS and was a member of the original team that discovered Ebola in 1976. He explains why he thinks coronavirus will become…
S1E4: Diagnosis… coronavirus?
Feb 5 • 7 min
How do we diagnose coronavirus? Martin Hibberd Professor of Emerging Infectious Diseases at LSHTM talks us through the current tests for coronavirus and what infectious disease experts hope for the future. He explains the typical features of viruses like…
S1E3: Slowing the spread of coronavirus
Feb 3 • 8 min
With the first death outside China, what is the potential scope for coronavirus to spread further? Jimmy Whitworth is a Professor of International Public Health at LSHTM with almost 40 years’ experience in the spread of infectious disease. He provides an…
S1E2: Africa prepares for coronavirus
Jan 31 • 9 min
As the outbreak evolves daily, what is Africa doing to prepare in case coronavirus reaches the continent? Professor Martin Antonio of the MRC Unit The Gambia at LSHTM has previously worked in epidemic responses in Nigeria. He explains how the MRC Unit’s…
S1E1: Tracking the new coronavirus
Jan 30 • 9 min
Our first guest on LSHTM Viral is Professor John Edmunds, who specialises in mathematical modelling for infectious diseases. John, who was awarded an OBE for real-time modelling during the Ebola crisis, explains where we are with coronavirus now and how…