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Podcast #214 – Interview with the Bachelor’s Epidemiologist, Emily O’Brien

Merry Christmas a little early everyone! Gonna release today’s podcast about 18 hours earlier than I usually do with tomorrow being Christmas eve and all. Anyway, one of my all-time favorite women from the franchise, Emily O’Brien, is joining us again after her first stint back in April received such positive feedback. And no, not because of Bachelor talk. She’s an epidemiologist at Duke University (and also a former contestant on Ben Flajnik’s season), but she’s excellent with her knowledge in this field and with the COVID vaccine’s recent release publicly, I wanted to bring her on again to talk about the virus, the vaccine, and so many questions I know a lot of people have. This isn’t a political debate. This isn’t to sway anyone one way or another. This is from someone whose job it is to study infectious diseases. She is here to educate people since there’s a lot of misinformation on the internet. We get that not everyone will vaccinate. But to just cover probably the biggest thing in our lifetime with someone so well versed in the subject matter, I love having her on. A lot of stuff she said in April when we were in the early stages of COVID ended up being accurate, and she talks about a few things the science community has learned in the last 9 months. She’s awesome and I hope you learn at least a few things from today’s podcast. Thanks again to Emily for coming on. One of the best guests out there.

You can listen to today’s podcast on a number of platforms, but you can also tune in by clicking the player below:

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Music written by Jimmer Podrasky
(B’Jingo Songs/Machia Music/Bug Music BMI)

I begin the podcast by discussing the weirdness of this “Bachelorette” season and my final thoughts on it. Then Emily joins me (7:29) to discuss topics on COVID from her first appearance in April, what’s changed in the science world since then, misconceptions about COVID, mask wearing, the vaccine, side effects, two shot process, how many need to get it for doctors to feel comfortable, what does the vaccine mean for mask wearing, when can we expect some sense of normalcy and MANY more questions people have regarding the vaccine.

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