U of M epidemiologist Michael Osterholm on how to assess COVID-19 risks

Dr. Michael Osterholm, Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz
Dr. Michael Osterholm of the University of Minnesota speaks at a press conference on April 22 with Gov. Tim Walz.
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NPR’s Fresh Air host Terry Gross interviewed epidemiologist Michael Osterholm about his latest research and insights on the COVID-19 pandemic.

The World Health Organization said Friday the COVID-19 pandemic is “accelerating” and is in a “new and dangerous phase.”

Osterholm discussed the possibilities of a second wave, and elaborated on the risks of reopening. He says everyone around the world is “confused about what to do, and when to do it.”

He said “pandemic fatigue” is setting in, and we need to figure out how to live with this virus for quite a long time.

In evaluating risks of spreading COVID-19, one thing Osterholm said is that “indoor rallies should NOT be occurring.”

Michael Osterholm is director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota. He’s the author of “Deadliest Enemy: Our War Against Killer Germs.”

He recorded this interview with Terry Gross on June 16, 2020.

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