Ongoing updates on COVID-19 from our Chief Medical Officer Dr. Peter Attia

Last update 3/31/2020

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Peter Attia, M.D. and Michael Osterholm, Ph.D.: COVID-19—Lessons learned, challenges ahead, and reasons for optimism and concern

In this episode, Michael Osterholm, Director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota and author of Deadliest Enemy: Our War Against Killer Germs, provides an overview on the COVID-19 pandemic in regards to what has happened to date, what we’ve learned about how the disease spreads, and his optimism and pessimism about what potentially lies ahead. Michael gives his take on the true case fatality rate, why it differs around the world, and which underlying conditions, such as obesity, impact risk of severe illness and death. We also discuss the outlook regarding vaccines, repurposed drugs/antivirals for treatment, and Michael’s growing concern about supply chain limitations with respect to drugs, vaccines, n95 masks, and testing kits.

Peter Attia, M.D. and Sam Harris, Ph.D.: COVID-19—Comprehending the crisis and managing our emotions

In this episode, Sam Harris, neuroscientist, author, and host of the Waking Up Podcast, joins Peter to discuss this unprecedented coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis. The discussion includes the important distinction between COVID-19 and influenza, the impact on the economy, the dire situation in New York, and the challenge of creating a safe and effective vaccine. Additionally, Sam brings insights from his extensive meditation practice to help those struggling with stress, anxiety, and fear in this extraordinary situation.

COVID-19 Update: 3/23/2020

Zero Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Peter Attia shares the latest thinking from his team. When we stop thinking of the US as a homogenous entity, and think of each individual city as a car driving toward a cliff edge, which ones are stopping fast enough?

Peter Attia, M.D. and Peter Hotez, M.D., Ph.D.: Continuing the conversation on COVID-19

In this episode, Dr. Peter Hotez M.D., Ph.D., Dean for the National School of Tropical Medicine Baylor College of Medicine, returns to continue the conversation on COVID-19. Dr. Hotez informs us on how we can gauge the number of infected people, behaviors to reduce the probability of becoming infected, and the inconsistency of hospitalizations among young adults between different countries. Dr. Hotez underscores the continued uncertainty in many virus-related developments, but ends with some points of optimism.
Disclaimer: This is information accurate as of March 19, 2020, when it was recorded.

Peter Attia, M.D. and Paul Grewal, M.D.: Coronavirus (COVID-19) FAQ

In this episode, Dr. Paul Grewal, M.D. joins Peter to discuss what they have learned in the past week in the midst of the rapid changes surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic. Their conversation touches on both optimism and uncertainty: actionable steps we can take to improve the situation with the understanding that it is too late for viral containment. Specifically, Peter and Paul discuss some promising drug treatments, reasons for isolating-behavior adoption, and what they are personally instituting in their own lives.  
Disclaimer: This is information accurate as of March 13, 2020, when it was recorded.

Dr. Peter Attia interview on COVID-19: transmissibility, vaccines, risk reduction, and treatment

In this episode of The Drive, Dr. Peter Hotez M.D., Ph.D., Dean for the National School of Tropical Medicine Baylor College of Medicine, shares his expertise on viral disease and how it applies specifically to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) and the virus that causes it (SARS-CoV-2). Listen HERE.

COVID-19 User Questions

Zero Chief Medical Officer Peter Attia answers questions about COVID-19 including the difference between COVID-19 and influenza, the “R naught” of the virus, the importance of self-isolation, why you can’t bio-hack your immunity, the variability of the COVID-19 death rate, and the current status of testing in the US.

Thursday 3/12/2020 Update

Zero Chief Medical Officer Peter Attia gives an update on  the COVID-19 growth rate and explains what we do and don’t yet know about the SARS-CoV-2 virus.

Tuesday 3/10/2020 Update

Zero Chief Medical Officer Peter Attia explains who’s most at risk for COVID-19 and what you can do to protect yourself.

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