Making the Call

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The Covid 19 pandemic has forced Americans to confront death on a scale that few of us have seen in our lifetimes. As the coronavirus continues to spread, Americans have started to ask themselves questions that are usually reserved for old age.
In the United States, more than a third of reported deaths from Covid-19 have occurred in nursing homes, and it’s not hard to guess why. You’ve got old and sick people with multiple chronic conditions living close together in an enclosed space
When you think about the conditions that have been most conducive to the spread of Covid-19 -- prolonged contact with lots of people in enclosed spaces -- colleges and universities have them all.  Students, faculty, and staff had their spring s
Experts agree that once we have a vaccine for Covid-19, we will need the vast majority of the population to take it - enough so we get to herd immunity. But the rise of the anti-vaccine movement has already led to outbreaks of diseases we thoug
Part two in our 3-part series on vaccines: Manufacturing. Last month, President Trump announced the beginning of “Operation Warp Speed,” an initiative to develop and produce a vaccine for Covid-19 in record time. But creating a vaccine that’s s
Part one of our 3-part series on vaccines:  Human Experiments. Experts say the development of a safe and effective vaccine will take at least a year, maybe a lot longer. What are we willing to risk to speed that up? Thousands of healthy people
There are more than two million people locked up across the United States. Whatever they may have done to get there, they haven't been sentenced to death by virus. In this episode: How do we stop Covid-19 from spreading in prisons and jails? Ha
To stop Covid-19 from overwhelming our healthcare system, many states have ordered that any “non-essential” procedures be cancelled or postponed. But some states are using these orders to shut down services that many people feel are medically n
The virus may not discriminate, but people - and institutions - do. Discrimination in medicine, housing, and food have disproportionately affected the health of African-Americans for generations. In many ways, Covid-19 is just exacerbating thes
Everywhere you look, front line medical providers are being praised as “heroes.” Some people are leaning out their windows every night to bang on pots and pans and cheer for them. But is that enough? In this episode… Who cares for the caregiver
With about half a million confirmed cases of Covid-19 across the United States, a lot of people are looking for guidance about how to stay safe and stop the spread of the virus. The message from the federal government has been confusing, to say
COVID-19 is overwhelming our healthcare system. As cases increase exponentially across the United States, it’s clear we just don’t have enough resources to go around. Doctors in the United States aren’t used to dealing with scarcity. Now they’r
As our policy makers, medical experts, and first responders grapple with the choices forced upon us by the novel Coronavirus, doctors and hosts Dr. Zeke Emanuel and Dr. Jonathan Moreno will guide us on the code of ethics that are the backbone o
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