The Best Coronavirus Podcasts to Help you Stay Informed & Stay Safe (COVID-19 podcasts)

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Creation Date March 12th, 2020
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COVID-19, better known as Coronavirus, has been on everyone's mind as the virus has impacted people across the globe. The CDC has called this outbreak a pandemic and the stock market has fallen due to fears. It's very easy to let the panic take hold, so it's important to separate fact from myth. We've put together a list of the best podcasts that are specifically about Coronavirus, including it's virology, it's impact on the world, symptoms, and ways to avoid it. Stay informed, stay safe!
  1. CNN Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta speaks with Dr. Anne Schuchat, Principal Deputy Director of the CDC, about the agency's response to the coronavirus and the outbreak's impact on health, travel and education.
  2. The new coronavirus continues to spread around the world, and it’s already killed several people in the U.S. People are starting to worry that this will turn into a full-blown pandemic. So how many of us could ultimately get infected — and is it time to prepare for the worst? To find out, we talk to epidemiologists Dr. Cécile Viboud and Prof. Marc Lipsitch.Here’s a link to our transcript: and our Hand Washing Song: references: CDC’s FAQ Page: NEJM Editorial: Big report from the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention: This episode was produced by Michelle Dang, Wendy Zukerman, Meryl Horn, and Rose Rimler. We’re edited by Blythe Terrell, with editing help from Caitlin Kenney. Fact checking help from Michelle Harris. Mix and sound design by Peter Leonard. Music written by Peter Leonard, Emma Munger, and Bobby Lord. Translation by Lisa Wang. A big thanks to all the researchers we got in touch with for this episode, including Dr. Catharine Paules, Dr. Miriam Haviland, Professor Matthew R. McKay, Dr. Jason McLellan, Daniel Wrapp, Professor William Arthur Petri, Professor Li Min, Professor Xiaokun Li, and Professor Raina MacIntyre. And special thanks to the Zukerman family and Joseph Lavelle Wilson.
  3. With a the Dow in bear market territory and a bunch of stimulus proposals under consideration, the COVID-19 pandemic might be giving you flashbacks to the financial crisis of 11 years ago. Today we compare current economic conditions to 2008. Plus, online dating and stockpiling “essentials” during the outbreak.
  4. Folks, it’s a megasode. Not one, but 4 ologists. “Coronavirus” is on everyone’s lips -- and some people’s hands -- but what is it? Where did it come from? How does it spread? How dangerous is it? What should we do? Who’s most at risk? Was it biowarfare? Do bats spread it? Should you wear a mask? Can we still smooch our dogs on the face? Do we need to doomsday prep? What’s it like to live in a leper colony? Alie sits down with Dr. Shannon Bennett: a microbiologist, a molecular epidemiologist, a virologist and the Chair of Science at the California Academy Science. She is deeply informed and warm and charming and patient. All these questions will be answered and your panic will be swapped out for informed, empowered action and compassion. You will also wash your hands a lot. Whether or not you bathe in whiskey is up to you.  Follow: Dr. Shannon Bennett at and Listen to Chiropterology (BATS) with Dr. Merlin Tuttle Listen to Disasterology (EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT) with Dr. Samantha Montano  Listen to Disinfectiology (BLEACH) with Dr. Evan Rumberger  A donation went to: California Academy of Sciences  Sponsor links:;; More links at 100 Humans on Netflix  Transcripts & bleeped episodes at: Become a patron of Ologies for as little as a buck a month: has hats, shirts, pins, totes and STIIIICKERS! Follow or Follow or Sound editing by Jarrett Sleeper of MindJam Media & Steven Ray Morris Theme song by Nick ThorburnSupport the show:
  5. This week on Sawbones, we've got a no-panic-allowed history of coronavirus along with a guide to the current strain that has held the headlines in a stranglehold in the past weeks. Even if you don't listen to the episode, take heart: If you're outside of China, it's likely you're more scared than you need to be at the moment.Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers
  6. The coronavirus now called COVID-19 has spread to the US. The CDC and government recommends we start preparing. In this podcast episode we’re going to discuss best methods for preparation and how to stay safe and healthy. -You can support our show by becoming a Patreon member at - your support helps keep our show ad-free. -Our website is  You can email us questions and topics for future episodes at -Find us on social: @justnascience for Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook -We put out new episodes every Tuesday! --- Support this podcast:
  7. The stock market’s going haywire. Major companies are telling their employees to stay home. Austin has canceled SXSW. Vox’s Matthew Yglesias says governments across the world have to act fast to save the global economy. (Transcript here.) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
  8. The coronavirus continues to roil global markets and economies - including here at home, where the markets took yet another dive. Today, we look at an epicenter of the virus outbreak: northern Italy.
  9. In 2015, Dr. Vineet Menachery said a SARS-like virus could spread to humans more easily than previously believed. Now he explains what we can do to stop it. (Transcript here.) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
  10. The worldwide spread of the new coronavirus has pulled back the curtain on the vulnerabilities of our interconnected world. Now we are left asking some basic questions. What lessons have we learned so far? Guests: Sylvia Burwell, former United States Secretary of Health and Human Services Tom Frieden, former Director, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Rana Foroohar, Global Business Columnist and Associate Editor, Financial Times Shannon O’Neil, Senior Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations   
  11. China has marshaled its surveillance apparatus to contain the spread of the new coronavirus. WSJ's Shan Li reports from a quarantined hotel in the province where the outbreak started, and Patrick Barta explains how the government has mobilized.
  12. Science writer David Quammen talks about the new virus in China, what we learned from SARS, and how viruses travel from animal to animal to humans. "When there's an animal host, then it becomes much, much more difficult to eradicate or even control an infectious virus," Quammen says.Also, Ken Tucker reviews the new album, 'Have We Met,' by the Canadian band Destroyer.
  13. A new virus showed up in China late last year, and it’s making its way to other countries too. So what do scientists know about the virus so far? And how worried should we be? To find out we talk to infectious disease researchers Dr. Kristian Andersen and Dr. Catharine Paules, physician Dr. Hui, and director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Dr. Anthony Fauci.We did an episode on a *fictional* pandemic, which you can find here: Check out the full transcript here: references: The WHO and the CDC are maintaining information centers that update regularly: and  Scientific journals The Lancet and the New England Journal of Medicine have taken down the paywall for papers related to the outbreak: and  This episode was produced by Wendy Zukerman, Meryl Horn, Rose Rimler and Michelle Dang. We’re edited by Blythe Terrell and Caitlin Kenney. Fact checking by Lexi Krupp. Mix and sound design by Sam Bair. Music written by Peter Leonard, Emma Munger, and Bobby Lord. A big thanks to Dr. Paul Delamater, Dr. Vittoria Colizza, and Shan Li. Recording assistance from Margot Wohl and Randy Scott Carroll. Translation by Yuan Xue, John Deng, and Chiung H Chuang. And special thanks to Bobby Lord, the Zukerman family and Joseph Lavelle Wilson.
  14. What better time to explore the world of coronaviruses than amidst an outbreak of the 2019 novel coronavirus that brings to mind memories of SARS and MERS? On this very special episode of This Podcast Will Kill You, we’ll take you through what we know about this diverse group of viruses, from the mild strains constantly circulating to the epidemic ones that make headlines with their lethality. Want to know how exactly these royal viruses make you sick? Or what went on during the 2002-2003 SARS epidemic? Don’t worry - we’ve got you covered. And to help us get a grasp on the current 2019-nCoV outbreak that’s got the world’s attention, we’ve brought on four experts from Emory University to give us the lowdown: Dr. Colleen Kraft, Dr. G. Marshall Lyon, Dr. Aneesh Mehta, and Dr. Carlos del Rio. *Please keep in mind, we recorded this episode on Sunday, Feb 2 and conducted the interviews between Jan 29 and 30, 2020. Since recording, the statistics on 2019-nCoV that we and our guests reported have changed as the epidemic continues to evolve. The figures are changing fast, but the basic info is still relevant. To follow the 2019-nCoV outbreak, our experts recommend the following as reliable sources of information: WHO 2019-nCoV website, especially the Situation Reports Map Dashboard of 2019-nCoV Cases by Johns Hopkins Center for Systems Science and Engineering CDC 2019-nCoV website And to learn more about the amazing work that our special guests do on the regular, follow them on Twitter! Colleen S. Kraft, MD, MSc (@colleenkraftmd) G. Marshall Lyon, MD, MMSc (@GMLyon3) Aneesh K. Mehta, M.D., FIDSA, FAST (@AneeshMehtaMD) Carlos del Rio, MD (@CarlosdelRio7)
  15. CNN Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta and CNN Anchor Anderson Cooper speak with top health experts and answer pressing audience questions as part of a special town hall on the global impact of the coronavirus.
  16. As new cases of COVID-19 spread across the nation, it’s becoming increasingly clear that the economy is going to take a serious hit. With that in mind, the White House has floated a payroll tax cut and other steps to prevent a recession. Today, we’ll look at how that would work. Plus: canceled flights, canceled classes and a price war on oil.
  17. One coronavirus. Two cruise ships. Lots of mistakes. (Transcript here.) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
  18. Wash your ears before listening! Andy is with Josh Gondleman and Anuvab Pal to take a global look at the pandemic. Plus riots in India and the Democratic primary latest.Listen to our other show, The Last Post, now: See for privacy and opt-out information.
  19. Global health officials have praised China and South Korea for the success of their efforts to contain the coronavirus. What are those countries getting right — and what can everyone else learn from them?Guest: Donald G. McNeil Jr., a science and health reporter for The New York Times. For more information on today’s episode, visit Background reading: While world leaders are finally speaking out about the gravity of the pandemic, their response lacks unity with the United States absent from its traditional conductor role in managing global crises. Stocks tanked again as the outbreak was officially declared a pandemic and policies to address its impact proved lacking or ineffective.All flights to the U.S. have been suspended from Europe. Many schools announced they would close indefinitely, some nursing homes banned visitors, and workplaces across the country have urged their employees to work from home. Here are the latest updates.
  20. “We’re Momming Today” with Dr. Cathy Ward, MD and owner of Big Apple Pediatrics in New York City. She’s answering all the questions moms have about Coronavirus. Should kids go to school? What... This is a podcast about Mom. It explores motherhood in all its shapes and sizes. Whether it's life as a working mom or a stay-at-home mom, we dissect the challenges, search for the solutions, embrace the crazy moments, and collect the treasures we find along the way. So grab a glass and come along for the nutty yet rewarding ride. “We’re Momming Today!”
  21. We're interrupting our inter-season interregnum to bring you a discussion with a group of expats who live in China but who have found themselves "stuck" in Bali after the coronavirus outbreak in Wuhan shut down virtually all businesses and most travel into the country. It's estimated that there are close to 1 million foreigners living in China, and while those who have been evacuated from, or who are still in, Wuhan and the surrounding area rightly get lots of attention, there are hundreds of thousands more folks who are either stuck somewhere, or grappling with the decision to leave or return. We've gathered 3 of these expats to talk about what it feels like to be "between homes," neither able to be where they live, nor in their place of origin, in a time of crisis. How are they dealing with their isolation? Do they feel guilty about not being in their host cities? Are they glad to have escaped? There are lots of complex emotions to deal with and we're diving right in. Learn more about Asher's groundbreaking business, Go Vegan, by visiting their website here, or by jumping over to their Instagram page. Shawn is chronicling her time in Bali on Instagram. You can follow her here.  You can see Chris' videos, where he's vlogging about his experiences as an expat both inside of and outside of China during the coronavirus outbreak, on his YouTube page here.   We'll be back in a few weeks with Season 4, so stay tuned! Get in touch with comments, suggestions or interview recommendations:   Twitter: @zax2000 eMail:   Check out all of the shows in the Migration Media network on the web ( and please take a moment to "Like" us and leave a review on Apple Podcasts, Podbean or wherever you get your podcasts... and subscribe!
  22. Dotun is joined by Dr Karl to answer your science related questions, including coronavirus, white holes, panic attacks and the effect of copper & silver on bacteria
  23. Dr. Sanjay Gupta explains why CNN is now calling the coronavirus outbreak a "pandemic" and answers key questions about how the spread of the virus may impact our daily lives going forward.
  24. The WHO have declared a ‘Global Health Emergency’ as health officials are urgently trying to contain the spread of a new coronavirus in China and beyond; but not all the information you read is correct. We fact-check a particularly hyperbolic claim about its spread that’s been doing the rounds on social media.
  25. Episode Recorded March 5, 2020To claim credit click here: Gregory A. Poland, M.D. (@drgregpoland)Host: Colin M. Bucks, M.D.Why are we seeing very different severity and mortality rates as COVID-19 moves from country to country? Where are we at currently in regard to a COVID-19 vaccine? What does the pathway look like moving forward? Dr. Greg Poland lays out what you need to know about immunity and coronaviruses.  Watch Dr. Poland teach Jimmy Kimmel and Guillermo how to wash their hands: with the Mayo Clinic’s School of Continuous Professional Development online at or on Twitter @MayoMedEd.For the most up to date COVID-19 information: CDC:
  26. Developing a strategy for testing was supposed to be a relatively simple part of preparing for the coronavirus in the United States. So what went wrong? Guests: Sheri Fink, a correspondent for The Times reporting on global public health, and Dr. Helen Y. Chu, an infectious disease expert in Seattle. Dr. Chu was part of a research project that tried to conduct early tests for the coronavirus but failed to obtain state and federal support.For more information on today’s episode, visit Background reading: During the early days of the outbreak, when containment would have been easier, the federal government missed a series of chances to ensure more widespread testing.After weeks of playing down the potential effects of the coronavirus, President Trump proposed an emergency relief package to bolster the economy — one that has been met by bipartisan opposition.The number of known U.S. cases of coronavirus infection has passed 1,000, with the virus found in every region of the country. Universities continue to close classrooms. Here are the latest updates on the outbreak. 
  27. In light of the Coronavirus outbreak and the hour-by-hour changes and disruptions it's creating in our lives, we immediately called pediatrician and adolescent expert Dr. Kenneth Ginsburg, one of all-time favorite Spawned Parenting Podcast guests, to help us out as parents. We hope you'll listen to this important conversation between Liz and Dr. Ginsburg. We discuss how Coronavirus/Covid-19 is impacting families, how we can best manage our own anxieties as parents to set good examples, exactly what to say -- and what not to say -- to our kids, how to know if our kids are in need of professional help to manage anxiety, and even positive ways to frame our overall perspective that will help us build stronger family connections in the end. It really is a fantastic interview and we're so grateful for Dr. Ginsburg's wisdom and reassurance. // Please join us in the Spawned Parenting Community on Facebook to discuss this further, so we can help each other out even more.

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