Ep. 010: COVID-19 - Know your risk (w/ Dr. Caroline Buckee, Harvard School of Public Health)
By Get Real Health
Dr. Caroline Buckee, an epidemiologist with the Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health, sits down with Dr. Chana Davis to talk about navigating risk in the midst of a pandemic. We are all asking the same questions: Is it worth the risk? What can I do to mitigate risk? What will happen if I get COVID? Whether you're grappling with back-to-school, birthday parties, haircuts, fitness classes, or grocery shopping, science can help you answer your questions with confidence. Dr. Buckee shares the latest science on COVID-19 transmission, severity, and immunity. She explains some of the ways we can all make use of public health data, while recognizing its limitations. Lastly, Buckee discusses the key factors that will shape the next six months of this pandemic including vaccines, herd immunity, and ... politics. Together, Buckee and Davis reflect on the science of science - how the COVID pandemic has provided a rare glimpse of the dynamic nature of science, and how we, and our COVID models, are still learning. NOTE: This video was filmed on 24 August 2020 and all information was up-to-date as of that date. Dr. Caroline Buckee is an Associate Professor of Epidemiology and Associate Director of the Centre for Communicable Disease Dynamics at Harvard's School of Public Health. She and her colleagues have played, and continue to play, critical roles in understanding the COVID-19 pandemic and informing public health policies. Get Real Health provides science-based insights so that you can make smart, healthy choices. Dr. Chana Davis (PhD, Stanford genetics) interviews leading experts who share practical, science-based advice and bust common myths and misconceptions. Show topics span food (nutrition, toxicology, weight loss), exercise, infectious diseases (microbiome, COVID-19), public health (vaccines), and mental wellbeing.