COVID-19: Commonsense Conversations o...

Covid-19, the disease caused by a novel coronavirus, has created a global pandemic. This show aims to educate the public via interviews with leaders in healthcare, public health and policy. You’ll hear from former Kaiser CEO, host of the Fixing Healthcare podcast, and author of Mistreated: Why We Think We're Getting Good Health Care and Why We're Usually Wrong, Robert Pearl; critical care physician and frequent guest on The Doctors, “Dr. Raj” Dasgupta; Patrick C. Beeman, Ob/Gyn and founder of the medical education platform, InsideTheBoards; microbiology professor, Ken Rosenthal; and more.

The host is Dr. Ted O’Connell, family physician and author of numerous textbooks and peer-reviewed articles. He holds academic appointments at UCSF, UC Davis, and Drexel University's medical schools and also founded the Kaiser Permanente Napa-Solano Community Medicine and Global Health Fellowship, the first program in the U.S. to formally combine both community medicine and global health

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MEDICINE: Sports Safety and Returning to Exerci...
32 min
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MEDICINE: COVID's Many Effects on the Heart | S...
27 min
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MEDICINE: Reopening Schools, Viral Spread, and ...
29 min
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MEDICINE: What It Will Take To Get Back To Norm...
Dr. O'Connell talks with Bob Wachter about how the virus has impacted the Bay area and specific communities as well as how local leaders have handled the situation.
38 min
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MEDICINE: Vaccine Progress and Mortality Data U...
Recorded July 24, 2020.Our guest today is Dr. Tim Horita whom you’ll recognize if you have been a longtime listener of this podcast because he has been a guest several times. We asked him back again because he always does a great job of explaining compl...
17 min
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MEDICINE: CRISPR Technology and How It Might Re...
Recorded July 8, 2020.Dr. O’Connell is joined by Dr. Enrique Lin Shiao, a postdoctoral fellow in the Doudna Lab at UC Berkeley, to discuss how the team is developing novel methods for CRISPR gene editing and the application during the Covid-19 pandemic....
23 min
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INDUSTRY: How The Coronavirus Pandemic has Impa...
Recorded June 16 2020. Today’s episode is hosted by Dr. Patrick Beeman and he is joined by Rou Reynolds of the band Enter Shikari to discuss how the coronavirus pandemic has impacted the music industry. Dr. Beeman is an Ob/Gyn and the founder of Ars ...
51 min
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MEDICINE: The Ongoing and Evolving Threat of CO...
39 min
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MEDICINE: The Unseen and Vital Roles of Houseke...
Recorded  July 1 2020. Dr. O’Connell is joined by Dr. Neil Prose, a  Professor of Pediatrics, Dermatology and Global Health at Duke University, and co-director of Duke’s Health Humanities Lab. Dr. Prose has a passion for teaching, a deep commitment to ...
24 min
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MEDICINE: Launching a New Medical School During...
Recorded July 1 2020. Dr. O’Connell is joined by Dr. Abbas Hyderi to discuss how the coronavirus pandemic has impacted the opening of the new Kaiser Permanente Bernard J. Tyson School of Medicine. Questions from this episode include:The medical scho...
28 min
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PUBLIC HEALTH: Systemic Racism, Health Disparit...
31 min
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HEALTH: The Intersection of the Pandemic and Bl...
29 min
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MEDICINE: Chasing Cures for Rare Diseases and C...
Recorded June 5, 2020.Dr. O’Connell is joined by Dr. David Fajgenbaum to discuss how existing drugs can be used to help treat new diseases, specifically regarding his work in treating Castleman disease and how that treatment is now being tested with COV...
30 min
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Weekly Update #8: Viral Mutations | Ted O’Conne...
15 min
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MEDICINE: COVID Among the Elderly and Those in ...
Recorded May 21, 2020.Dr. O’Connell is joined by Dr. Michael Mason to discuss the impact covid-19 has had on nursing facilities.Questions from this episode include:Can you tell us the difference between a nursing home and a skilled nursing facility?W...
27 min
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MEDICINE: The Second Wave, Antibody Testing, MI...
Recorded May 20, 2020.Dr. O’Connell is joined by Jennifer Kasten to discuss the next wave of Covid-19 and the current state of antibody testing.Questions from this episode include:Can you tell us what you think about the likelihood of a second wave of...
31 min
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INDUSTRY: How Nonprofits are Navigating the Pan...
Recorded May 15, 2020.Dr. O’Connell is joined by Shawn Olds from BoodleAI to discuss how the pandemic has affected the non-profit community.Questions from this episode include:Do you think nonprofits are taking the right precautions in protecting thei...
24 min
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MEDICINE: The Flying Eye Hospital, Technology t...
Recorded May 9, 2020.Dr. O’Connell meets with Dr. Daniel Neely to discuss his work with Orbis and how technology has become increasingly important and utilized in medicine for teaching and clinical work.Questions from this episode include:Since 2003, ...
29 min
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MEDICINE: Safely Reopening Society, Leveraging ...
Recorded May 11, 2020.Dr. O’Connell meets with Dr. Steve Parodi to discuss the future of Covid-19 including a 2nd or 3rd wave, how the economy could reopen, and how hospitals have adapted to handle disasters and still provide routine care while keeping ...
30 min
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MEDICINE: Health Disparities, Virtual Medicine,...
39 min
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Weekly Update #7: Multisystem Inflammatory Synd...
14 min
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INDUSTRY: Sportswriting During a Pandemic, How ...
36 min
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MEDICINE: Antibody Testing, Reinfection, ACE-In...
Recorded May 2, 2020.Dr. O’Connell is joined again by Dr. Tim Horita to discuss the current state of medications including the highly publicized Hydroxychloroquine as well as other therapies including convalescent plasma.Questions from this episode inc...
27 min
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Weekly Update #6: COVID-19 Causing Strokes and ...
Recorded May 9, 2020.In this episode Dr. O’Connell discusses the recent news of strokes occurring in otherwise healthy covid patients and other blood related complications. Special thanks to Pranay Bonagiri for helping research the topics discussed in ...
15 min
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INDUSTRY: Surviving as a Small Business, Workin...
Recorded April 18, 2020.In this episode, Dr. O’Connell is joined by Matt McNally and Laurel Timms from Laurel’s Catering to discuss how the pandemic has impacted their business and the catering industry.Questions from this episode include:Can you tell...
30 min
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INDUSTRY: How the COVID Pandemic is Affecting P...
Recorded April 21, 2020.In this episode, Dr. O’Connell is joined by Kevin Pierre-Louis to discuss how the pandemic is affecting professional and amateur athletes.Questions from this episode include:Can you share your thoughts about the impact this has...
36 min
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INDUSTRY: Cooking as Therapy, How Chefs are Hel...
Recorded April 24, 2020.In this episode, Dr. O’Connell is joined by Foodnetwork Chef, Jet Tila, to discuss how the coronavirus pandemic has impacted the food industry and restaurants and what you can do to help.Questions from this episode include:What...
32 min
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MEDICINE: The Origins of the AIDS Crisis and Pa...
Today's episode was recorded on April 21, 2020. In this episode, Dr. Ted O'Connell speaks with Dr. Michael Gottlieb about the AIDS crisis and how it relates to the COVID-19 pandemic. Their discussion covers how AIDs was found to be a new clinical entity...
29 min
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INDUSTRY: Recovery from a Recession, Supply Cha...
Today's episode was recorded on April 15, 2020. In this episode, Dr. Ted O'Connell and Mike Veseth discuss various economic aspects of the COVID-19 pandemic. Some of the questions covered include:Is the United States currently in a recession?What can ...
36 min
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POLITICS: Supporting Small Businesses, Apprecia...
Recorded April 15, 2020.In this episode, Dr. O’Connell is joined by Senator Bill Dodd, who represents California’s 3rd District. They discuss the current state of affairs as well as what the government is doing to help certain groups and industries.Que...
34 min
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INDUSTRY: A Hollywood Actor Discusses How the C...
26 min
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MEDICINE: CovidUp2Date, Medical Students Rallyi...
Today's episode was recorded on April 8, 2020. In this episode, Dr. Ted O'Connell meets with the Johns Hopkins Team to discuss their COVID-19 infographic initiative and how COVID-19 has impacted life as well as education for medical students. The Johns...
25 min
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MEDICINE: Communication, Managing Stress, and B...
Recorded April 6, 2020.In this episode, Dr. O’Connell is joined by Dr. Todd Forman to discuss how the coronavirus is impacting private practices and how patients are reacting and responding to the transition to telehealth as well as the situation as a w...
40 min
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Weekly Update 5: Herd Immunity, COVID-19 Testin...
Recorded April 18, 2020.In this episode, Dr. O’Connell is joined by Dr. Tim Horita to discuss the current state of testing for Covid-19 and the different methods available and how that translates into herd immunity. Special thanks to Pranay Bonagiri fo...
19 min
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HEALTH: A Healthcare Leader Discusses a Coordin...
Originally recorded April 14, 2020.In this episode Dr. O’Connell is joined by Dr. Richard Isaacs, the CEO and Executive Director of The Permanente Medical Group and president and CEO of the Mid-Atlantic Permanente Medical Group. In this episode we look ...
28 min
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HEALTH: Health Policy, Homelessness, Adverse Ch...
Today's episode (recorded April 3, 2020) features a discussion between Dr. Ted O'Connell and Dr. Tessa Stecker. Topics covered in the interview include: What health policy means and how the COVID-19 is viewed through it's lens.How the COVID-19 pandemic...
31 min
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MEDICINE: Fox News Reaction, COVID Testing, and...
Recorded April 8, 2020. In this episode Dr. O’Connell is joined by Dr. Rishi Desai from Osmosis and recent Fox News fame. They discuss hot topics such as testing and re-opening the country and the economy. They also discuss Osmosis' mission to increase t...
38 min
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Weekly Update 4: Conditions That Increase Your ...
In this episode, Dr. O’Connell discusses comorbidities that may increase your risk of having severe symptoms if infected with COVID-19. Such conditions include: diabetes, heart disease, hypertension, COPD, and more. Risk is also increased if you are a sm...
10 min
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SCIENCE: COVID-19 Vaccine Development for Pregn...
The interview in this episode was recorded on March 30, 2020. In the episode, Dr. Ted O'Connell and Dr. Sallie Permar discuss various aspects of COVID-19 vaccine development for traditionally vulnerable groups such as pregnant women, infants, and childre...
39 min
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MENTAL HEALTH: The Psychology of Toilet Paper H...
This interview was originally recorded on March 29, 2020. In this episode, Dr. O’Connell talks with Dr. Houston about herd mentality and how fear and anxiety are affecting people’s emotions and actions during the coronavirus pandemic. Dr. Houston also of...
33 min
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MENTAL HEALTH: How the Pandemic Has Affected Me...
29 min
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Weekly Review: Masks and Recommendations | Ted ...
8 min
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HEALTH: How COVID-19 Affects Politics, Religion...
Originally recorded 3/27/2020.Today’s episode brings a different perspective and looks at the situation outside of the United States, specifically in Africa. Reverend Dowd is interested in african politics and helping communities and here he shares info...
28 min
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MEDICINE: Health Policy, Advocacy, and Healthca...
Originally recorded on 3/24/2020Dr. O’Connell and Dr. Jay Lee discuss how physicians need to be at the table, not on the menu, as this is not a time for complacency. “Use your voice. Use it often and loudly. Otherwise, we will continue to be under-resou...
33 min
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MEDICINE: Fatality Rates, YouTube Education, an...
In this episode (recorded March 22, 2020), Dr. Ted O’Connell speaks with Dr. Sanaz Majd about important topics related to the COVID-19 pandemic such as:- What CFR is and how it is broken down.- The effects of ACE-inhibitors and ARBs on those who contra...
23 min
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Weekly Review #2: The State of Vaccine Developm...
Originally recorded March 28, 2020. In this weekend's update, Dr. O’Connell discusses the various treatments being used and vaccines that are being developed. Medications and treatments being used include Remdesivir, Chloroquine, Hydroxychloroquine and c...
12 min
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MEDICINE: A Healthcare Leader Discusses Myths A...
Today’s guest, Dr. Robert Pearl, is the former CEO of The Permanente Medical group, the nation’s largest medical group, and former president of The Mid-Atlantic Medical Group. In these roles, he led 10,000 physicians, 38,000 staff, and was responsible fo...
55 min
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MEDICINE: An Infectious Disease Specialist Disc...
In today’s episode (recorded March 25, 2020), Dr. Ted O’Connell speaks with Dr. Jennifer Babik about the COVID-19 pandemic. Topics in this interview are focused on the disease itself with questions being answered such as: - What do we know about the inc...
33 min
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NURSING: Personal Protective Equipment and Soci...
In this episode, Dr. O’Connell talks with Nurse Keith and discusses the public health measures being taken as well as the impact on lower-income families. They also talk about the risk to health care workers in the field, especially from the lack of PPE....
42 min
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MEDICINE: Sports Medicine, Pro Sports, and Exer...
In this episode, Dr. O’Connell and Dr. Salah discuss what sports medicine is and how it relates to the COVID-19 virus. Some topics covered include: - How exercise affects the immune system- How professional sports organizations avoid spreading infectio...
33 min
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MEDICINE: Flattening the Curve to Protect Vulne...
37 min
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Weekly Review: NSAIDs, ACE-Inhibitors, and ARBs...
In this episode, Dr. O’Connell addresses misinformation regarding medications and their affects and interactions with the COVID-19 virus. Several agencies, including the FDA, have issued statements that they have found no evidence linking NSAID use and t...
8 min
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MENTAL HEALTH: How COVID-19 is Affecting Our Me...
In this episode, Dr. O’Connell and Dr. Grande discuss how the Coronavirus and it’s accompanying quarantine measures are impacting the mental well-being of those stuck at home. Throughout this episode we answer questions such as:How is the approach diffe...
35 min
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MEDICINE: Emergency Preparedness, Travel, and S...
In this episode, Drs. Aimee and Brian Ostick give us advice on emergency preparedness, travel, and social distancing in light of the current COVID-19 pandemic. They also answer pressing questions such as: - Why is social distancing so important? - What...
33 min
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MEDICINE: How Coronavirus Affects Med Students ...
While the coronavirus has been affecting education as a whole, Dr. O’Connell and fourth year medical student, Matthew Christensen, discuss how the virus is specifically affecting medical education. While this situation is frustrating for all of us, Chris...
35 min
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MEDICINE: A Critical Care Doctor on Intensive C...
23 min
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SCIENCE: A Virologist Explains Coronavirus, COV...
What makes the novel coronavirus different from other viruses like Chickenpox? Can pets be infected? How does the virus spread and how does the body fight it? Is there a vaccine on the way? When it comes to explaining viruses generally (and the novel co...
50 min
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INTRODUCING COVID-19: Commonsense Conversations...
COVID-19, the disease caused by a novel coronavirus, has created a global pandemic. This show aims to educate the public via interviews with leaders in healthcare, public health and policy. You’ll hear from former Kaiser CEO, host of the Fixing Healthcar...
3 min