“We need a global strategy, and this is one of the crazy things about the isolationist policies of the last administration. This idea of America first. We live on the same planet as everybody else. If we don’t get the planet under control, we’re not going to be able to keep Americans safe. We’ve got to do this.” – Dr. Jha, episode 206 of Talk Easy with Sam Fragoso
As we approach a year in the pandemic, Dr. Ashish Jha can finally see the finish line. He returns to the show this week to discuss the potential of new variants (2:48), the residual effects of Trump’s isolationist policies (5:16) the myth of herd-immunity (9:21), what the coming months can look like (14:03), best mask practices (16:32), achieving equity through improved vaccine distribution (22:10), and the science-focused approach of the Biden/Harris administration (25:15). Then, before we go, Dr. Jha speaks of all that we’ve lost, and all that we stand to gain on the other side of this pandemic (32:31).
- Follow Dr. Jha on Twitter and visit his thread about variants.
- Listen to our first, second, and third talks with Dr. Jha, as well as our previous conversation in October.
- Track the U.S. coronavirus case count via The New York Times.
Illustrations by: Krishna Shenoi.
Music by: Dylan Peck