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The antidote to depressing coronavirus headlines. Stay up to date on Covid-19, while also hearing stories of progress and hope. 15 minutes, every weekday.


Fri. 05/22 - Is There Any Safe Way to Socialize IRL?
May 22 • 19 min
More on that study projecting 36,000 people could have been saved if the US had locked down sooner. How to safely socialize, if you choose to do so. Bots are spreading coronavirus conspiracy theories on Twitter. And, Pac-Man turns 40 today. The hottest…
Thu. 05/21 - CDC Updates Guidelines on Touching Surfaces
May 21 • 20 min
The CDC updates their guidelines on the spread of the virus via surfaces. Is it safe to go swimming? How much of an effect does population density have on the spread of the disease? Plus, throwing cold water on that “NASA discovers a parallel universe”…
Wed. 05/20 - How A.I. Can Help Us Develop a Vaccine More Quickly
May 20 • 17 min
U.S. states are all reopening in some fashion this week. How AI-powered biotech can speed up the vaccine development process. And COVID-19 patients are running their own surveys to show the true effects of the disease. Plus, a livestream from Stonehenge.…
Tue. 05/19 - Where Tests Abound, Why Aren’t People Getting Them?
May 19 • 18 min
Testing is expanding in the US, but people aren’t showing up. More findings on people who test positive again after recovering. And “bumper tables” for social distancing. Plus, debunking misconceptions about the 1918 flu pandemic, why we might be seeing…
Mon. 05/18 - Phase One of Moderna’s Vaccine Trial Looks Promising
May 18 • 17 min
Promising results from the Moderna vaccine trials. Brazil’s cases are mounting. How much of a difference it makes when everyone wears a mask. Plus, why you might be having trouble replying to texts recently, how climate change played a role in the…
Fri. 05/15 - Have Birds Gotten Louder During Lockdown?
May 15 • 22 min
How far can respiratory droplets fall when we speak? What would a public health plan targeted towards the elderly look like? Some advice on combatting COVID-19 symptoms from someone in recovery. Plus, have birds gotten louder recently? Why did Michael…
Thu. 05/14 - How To Beat COVID-19 and Save The Economy
May 14 • 20 min
Mental health concerns for children as the pandemic goes on. The seven things we can be doing to beat COVID-19 and save the economy. How our changed behavior has confused the algorithms. Why humans freak out when they get lost, and a new interactive…
Wed. 05/13 - A Practical Guide to Avoiding COVID Risks
May 13 • 18 min
Los Angeles is considering extending their lockdown for three more months while other places begin reopening. A practical guide to avoiding COVID-19 risks. What the loss of smell and other neurological symptoms might mean for the relationship between…
Tue. 05/12 - Why You Still Can’t Find Clorox Wipes
May 12 • 19 min
Many countries around the world take cautious steps toward reopening, but spikes of new daily cases are still popping up. Should people with mild cases of coronavirus be allowed to isolate at home? Why the passage of time feels so disorienting right now.…
Mon. 05/11 - And Now For Some Good News
May 11 • 22 min
Numbers are looking relatively promising in a lot of places, but one incident has jeopardized South Korea. The FDA has approved the first antigen test, and what’s the difference between that and an antibody test? Why might a vaccine take so long to…
Special Podcast Announcement
May 11 • 5 min
Special announcement from Brian about the changes to the podcast. Don’t worry, we’re not going anywhere…
Fri. 05/08 - Don’t Fall For the “Plandemic” Conspiracy Video
May 8 • 25 min
Was the Sundance film festival another super spreader event early on in the disease? Now that remdesivir is thought to be a treatment, doctors want to know why they can’t get their hands on it. Blood thinners show promise combatting those clotting issues…
Thu. 05/07 - What Are Covid-19’s Long-Term Medical Effects?
May 7 • 23 min
Are travel bubbles the new trend in post-lockdown countries? Could we see a coronavirus test that is as simple to take as a home pregnancy test? The problem with those stories about coronavirus mutations. The precise symptoms of that new, possibly…
Wed. 05/06 - What’s Up With That Mutated New Strain of the Virus?
May 6 • 20 min
“Where’s the beef?” Literally. At least, in some Wendy’s restaurants. A look at that research suggesting there is a mutated strain of the coronavirus that might be more deadly. Pfizer begins human trials of a vaccine. Rural infections rates spike. And the…
Tue. 05/05 - A Mysterious New Illness Affecting Children
May 5 • 22 min
A new mystery illness affecting children may or may not be Covid-19 related. What is life going to look like until there is a vaccine? How long do coronavirus symptoms actually last? Will schools actually be reopening in September? And why the lockdown…
Mon. 05/04 - What Did We Actually Accomplish With the Quarantine?
May 4 • 28 min
This week begins the great re-opening experiment. We take a deep breath and look at three of our biggest concerns about all of this. Why does the virus wallop some places and spare others? Accurate comparing Coronavirus deaths to Flu deaths. And what…
Fri. 05/01 - When Will Kids Be Able To Hug Their Grandparents Again?
May 1 • 20 min
Crucial statistical crossover in Western European coronavirus numbers. Cosmetic surgery returns to Los Angeles. Cities are banning mask valves. What is the “second week crash” and what are the symptoms? Why the coronavirus is unlikely to disappear in the…
Thu. 04/30 - Would You Volunteer To Get COVID-19?
Apr 30 • 23 min
A deep dive into the hopes surrounding remdesivir as a potential treatment drug. A high level summary of the current status around the world. Why some COVID-19 patients don’t sense they’re low on oxygen. Some more clues as to why some recovered patients…
Wed. 04/29 - New Study Suggests the Virus May Be Airborne
Apr 29 • 24 min
First scientific study to show that maybe aerosolization of the disease is possible. Considering the psychological toll on society, not just the medical toll. Hard numbers on how much testing and tracing individual communities will need to re-open with…
Tue. 04/28 - The R0 Number to Watch For
Apr 28 • 22 min
Reopening plans take shape across the globe and the R-naught number is the metric communities are watching closely. Data suggests that Americans are increasingly not waiting for the official word to leave lockdown. An over the counter heartburn remedy…
Mon. 04/27 - Behind the Headlines on Immunity
Apr 27 • 23 min
The lockdowns are starting to come down in New Zealand, and even Italy. New official symptoms of the disease from the CDC. A follow up on that story about stroke victims suddenly appearing. Parsing the headlines about immunity, or lack thereof. A rule of…
Fri. 04/24 - The Last Picture Show?
Apr 24 • 25 min
The woman now assumed to be the first Coronavirus death in the US presents a puzzling case. Breaking down the big antibody test in New York. Did 1/5th of New Yorkers already get infected? If so, what does that mean? States are building out their own…
Thu. 04/23 - Are Ventilators Actually Helping?
Apr 23 • 23 min
We’ve focused a lot on ventilators on this podcast because they seem to be the prime medical intervention we have at the moment. But there’s more troubling data about how effective ventilators are to affect Covid outcomes at all. A new blood-clotting…
Wed. 04/22 - U.S. Cases Might Date Back to January
Apr 22 • 21 min
Autopsies show cases of coronavirus fatalities in California, back in early February, which might change the entire timeline of the virus. A new study suggests that hydroxychloroquine treatment might actually make things worse. With clinical trials in…
Tue. 04/21 - How Long Can Coronavirus Live on Your Clothing?
Apr 21 • 24 min
Huge news: data from the first big serologic antibody study in LA County. Italy reports falling numbers and plans to cautiously end the lockdown. More good news: Asthma might not be a big risk factor. What are ‘Covid toes’ and are they a new stealth…
Mon. 4/20 - What We Can Learn From South Korea
Apr 20 • 23 min
Re-upping or concern for specific hotspots as flareup potentials, including prisons, factories and nursing homes. More data that the curve has flattened into a plateau but it’s not dropping. More good news about Remdesivir. More data linking obesity to…
Fri. 04/17 - Are US Case Numbers Actually Plateauing?
Apr 17 • 26 min
As was widely expected, China has revised official Covid death numbers upwards. A deep dive into the positive test rate and why we should be cautious about US case numbers plateauing. Potentially really terrific news about a drug treatment we’ve discussed…
Thu. 04/16 - Can over-exercising lower your immunity?
Apr 16 • 24 min
Singapore has its worst Coronavirus day yet. More worries about meat processing facilities in the US. New antibody tests announced. More on what recovering from Covid-19 is actually like. And why overdoing exercise might actually lower your immune system.
Wed. 04/15 - A Realistic Look At This Summer… And Next
Apr 15 • 25 min
A surge of new official deaths in New York and some unusual categorization in Chile further highlights the vagaries of counting Covid. A look at New Jersey shows how even at this late date, simple testing is proving problematic. Businesses are looking to…
Tues. 04/14 - Governors Form Pacts to Reopen the Economy Together
Apr 14 • 22 min
Several states on the west coast and east coast have formed two separate coalitions to coordinate reopening the economy in their regions. Amazon is expanding grocery delivery capacity and Walmart is opening more testing centers. How the coronavirus has…
Mon. 04/13 - Apple and Google to the Rescue?
Apr 13 • 27 min
A lot of two steps back along with today’s one step forward numbers. Is Britain on track to have the highest fatality rate in Europe? Is Florida undercounting deaths from snowbirds? A deep dive into the Google and Apple contact tracing technology. It’s…
Feed Drop - Telescope Podcast
Apr 11 • 7 min
Telescope is a new documentary podcast. It’s hosted by Jonathan Hirsch, creator of Dear Franklin Jones, and the founder of Neon Hum Media” Telescope is a show that tells the stories of life in the time of Coronavirus” The show tells stories we need right…
Fri. 04/10 - The Hero Vet That Flattened The Curve For A Whole Nation
Apr 10 • 23 min
First it was worries about re-infection, now there is worrying new data about disease reactivation. We’re falling behind in terms of having enough supplies to test adequately to allow people to return to work. A followup on California’s coronavirus curve…
Thu. 04/09 - Could Runners/Joggers Be Exposing Themselves Even When 6 Feet Apart?
Apr 9 • 25 min
More signs that numbers are peaking while new hotspots emerge. Data shows the hotspot in New York might have been seeded by Europe, not by Asia. A lack of testing is forcing states to set up their own programs. More data on the rollout of antibody…
Wed. 04/08 - Can People Catch Coronavirus Again? Worrying Data Around Low Antibody Levels
Apr 8 • 27 min
More people in NYC have died from Coronavirus than died from the terrorist attacks of 9/11. A hydroxychloroquine test in France is halted due to cardiac issues. Potentially terrible news suggesting that reinfection from the virus is possible in some…
Tue. 04/07 - You Never Want To Be On A Ventilator
Apr 7 • 20 min
The second day of good news numbers is tempered by the fact that if this is the peak, that also means we’ll be seeing some of the worst numbers as well. Remdesivir trials expand. Why you never want to be on a ventilator: they’re only a hail mary last…
Mon. 04/06 - Why Are People Burning Down Cellphone Towers?
Apr 6 • 23 min
A bunch of numbers heading in the right direction, even as the US death toll will pass 10,000 today. More men are dying of Covid-19 than women. The Swedish experiment is about to be tested. Bill Gates’ big, expensive vaccine experiment. And why are…
Fri. 04/03 - Why Are More Young People Dying in the South? And Should You Wear a Mask?
Apr 3 • 26 min
We’re at one million cases worldwide. We’re still talking about testing backlogs and undercounting cases. The whole mask debate has come full circle. Why are young people dying more in the US than in other places? Antibody testing gets underway in…
Thu. 04/02 - How To Reopen Society In Phases
Apr 2 • 24 min
The federal government’s stockpile of protective medical supplies is nearly gone. Looking at where the next global hotspot might be. Should you hold your breath when you’re out in public? The FDA isn’t allowing Chinese KN95 masks to enter the US. What a…
Wed. 04/01 - Aircraft Carrier Captain Pleads for Help; Pentagon has Ventilators and Testing Capacity… But Nowhere To Send Them
Apr 1 • 27 min
This is the Coronavirus Morning Report for Wednesday, April 1st. The administration says the US is facing as many as 240,000 deaths. Bad numbers to watch for from Indiana and Louisiana. Shocking stories from a US aircraft carrier and about Pentagon…
Tue. 03/31 - Have I Already Had Coronavirus? How Would I Know?
Mar 31 • 24 min
The US death toll surpasses 3,000 and surpasses China’s reported total. General Electric workers who normally make jet engines have walked off the job to demand that their factories are converted to make ventilators instead. Did you already have…
Mon. 03/30 - New Worry: Aside from Emergency Medicine, Primary Care Medicine Faces Collapse As Well
Mar 30 • 26 min
This week is going to be the inflection point week when we begin tracking death numbers and hospitalization numbers, not just new cases. Why have France and Italy been undercounting deaths in those countries? Now we have to worry about Primary Care docs…
A Possible Covid-19 Game Plan To Return To “Normal Life”
Mar 28 • 22 min
Just what the title implies. Here is what smart people think will be required to get us all back to work and back to normal. A road map and a game plan to give people hope and because someone needs to lay out what the light at the end of the tunnel might…
Fri. 03/27 - The Two Tracks of Vaccine Development
Mar 27 • 25 min
The prime minister of Britain has tested positive for COVID-19, why there is a shortage of eggs at the moment, med school students might be getting a field promotion to join the frontlines, the obscure plan that might mean the US Postal Service will have…
Thu. 03/26 - Is Pinkeye Another Early Symptom of Covid-19?
Mar 26 • 26 min
Louisiana is becoming a new global hotspot for the disease. How a single soccer game might have contributed to Italy becoming an early hotspot. Possible reasons why the death rate in Germany is so low, so far. And is pinkeye another early symptom of the…
Wed. 03/25 - Why is Coronavirus So Hard To Defeat?
Mar 25 • 23 min
Prince Charles has tested positive. India has initiated the largest lockdown in human history, nearly 1/5th of the world’s population. Why is coronavirus so hard to defeat from a medical standpoint? Worrying news that the virus might stay on surfaces…
Tue. 03/24 - Cut Back On Social Distancing Now?
Mar 24 • 20 min
More than 100 people died from Covid-19 in a 24 hour period for the first time. New York sees the majority of its Covid cases under the age of 50. The debate about ending social distancing soon. Another big mythbusting thread. A new tool to protect first…
Mon. 03/23 - Is the Sudden Loss of Taste and Smell A Symptom of Covid-19?
Mar 23 • 22 min
Covid-19 reaches the US Senate. Pregnant women in New York City are being forced to give birth alone. Is the sudden loss of your senses of taste or smell a sign you might have contracted Covid-19? Helpful new maps from a smart thermometer company. Fears…
Fri. 03/20 - Younger People Are Getting Sicker Than Anticipated
Mar 20 • 22 min
The current state of testing in the US, are tests more easily accessible for the wealthy and famous? The CDC recommends “last resort” options for when healthcare workers run out of masks, younger people are getting sicker than previously anticipated, and…
Thu. 03/19 - See How Much Capacity Your Local Community Has For Covid-19 Patients; How To Preserve Your Mental Health
Mar 19 • 21 min
Global cases pass 200,000. Italy has the deadliest day in any one country since the crisis began. Conflicting studies on possible treatments. How to look up how much capacity your local health system has for Covid patients. More details on how the disease…
Wed. 03/18 - What Does It Feel Like to Have Covid? What Are The Biggest Myths?
Mar 18 • 24 min
The US has passed some unfortunate milestones. The Pentagon is donating materials to the healthcare system. First person accounts of what it feels like to have the virus. Lessons from the mortality rate in Italy. How many cases are likely in the US right…
Tue. 03/17 - “Stealth Transmission” and How Long Will Social Distancing Last?
Mar 17 • 20 min
France goes into lockdown, as does the Bay Area. China has only one new local infection. A new vaccine trial. What the heck is going on in Britain? To what degree does bad air make the infection worse? And how long might social distancing last?…
Mon. 03/16 - How Long Does It Stay on Surfaces? How Long Can We Rely On Amazon Delivery?
Mar 16 • 19 min
All the news from the weekend. Are young, asymptomatic cases the key to spreading the virus? Should we rethink the conventional wisdom around face masks? How long can the virus stay on surfaces? And how long can we rely on Amazon delivery? Links:Tweet…
Sat. 03/14 - Interview With A Seattle Emergency Physician
Mar 14 • 20 min
A listener got in touch and asked if I would like to talk to a physician on the ground right now in Seattle area hospitals. Today, we’re going to talk to that physician, Dr. Gregg Miller, Chief Medical Officer at Vituity. Dr. Miller requested that I share…
Fri. 03/13 - Everything Feels Like It’s Canceled; New Faster Test Gets FDA Approval
Mar 13 • 19 min
Everything feels like it’s canceled. Steps are taken to increase testing, but more stories of people denied testing surface every hour. People emit high levels of Coronavirus early, but are likely not infectious while recovering. And what you should…
Thu. 03/12 - Trump Suspends Europe-U.S. Travel; What’s Going On With Testing?
Mar 12 • 18 min
Why the NBA had no choice but to suspend its season. Is high blood pressure a heightened risk vector for Coronavirus? Is there a tipping point which, if crossed, means you would get a more serious form of the disease? More worries about testing capacity…
Wed. 03/11 - WHO Declares Pandemic; U.S. Cases Top 1,000; How Far Are We From A Vaccine?
Mar 11 • 17 min
The World Health Organization has officially labeled the Covid-19 crisis a Pandemic. Why are children seemingly less susceptible to the Coronavirus? Is China beginning to win the battle against the disease? And what is the status of a vaccine? Links:World…
Tue. 03/10 - New York Activates The National Guard; Soap Is GREAT Against The Virus
Mar 10 • 16 min
Harvard asks students not to return. Oregon is running out of tests. We still don’t know how many people have been tested in the US. On the ground reports from the situation in Italy. Our best guess for the incubation period for the virus. And why soap is…
Mon. 03/09 - Italy on the Brink? What Would It Take For That To Happen Here?
Mar 9 • 21 min
Israel announces a blank quarantine for anyone entering the country. A US Senator and Representative are voluntarily going into isolation. Is Iran what it looks like when the virus spreads out of control? Is Italy’s health care system on the verge of…
Sun. 03/08 - Italy Locks Down, And Why Aren’t We Testing More?
Mar 8 • 19 min
The number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in the US has passed 400, now with cases in more than 30 states. Two deaths in Florida are the first on the US east coast. Northern Italy goes into lockdown. Why some testing for the virus is inconsistent. And why…
Introducing the Coronavirus Morning Report
Mar 4 • 1 min
From Ride Home Media, this is the Coronavirus Daily Briefing.