Reality Steve


Podcast #246 – Interview with Emily O’Brien, the “Bachelors” Epidemiologist

One of my favorite people to have on the podcast, Emily O’Brien, is back for a 3rd time this week. We have A LOT to cover regarding the Delta variant. I know a lot of people seem to think the pandemic is over, but it’s not. It’s just a matter of how we manage through it. I hope this is an informative podcast for people. I’m sure some will get upset because, well, that’s what people do nowadays if they stick to their self truths. Just know Emily isn’t a talking head. She’s an epidemiologist who has studied this stuff for years. She came on when the pandemic first started, and was pretty accurate with what to expect. Then again in December when the vaccine was starting to roll out, and again, was accurate in her assessment of what was to come. Today is another informative podcast that I hope people will take the time to listen to help better understand what the Delta variant is and where we’re going from here. But to start the podcast, I talk about the Katie finale (for those that didn’t read yesterday’s first paragraph) and talk about episodes 4-6 of “FBoy Island” that were released today. So spoilers ahead if you haven’t watched yet. Thanks again to Emily for coming on and sharing her knowledge.

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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(SPOILERS) I begin by going over the finale for Katie’s season and talk about episodes 4-6 of “FBoy Island” that were released today. WARNING: Spoilers included. Then Emily joins me (11:29) and we talk about the Delta variant, what it is and what we can expect, breakthrough cases, booster shots, what the data is showing, what can the unvaccinated expect, the vaccines and pregnancy, how school is dealing with this, what can we expect moving forward, and much more.

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  1. llanier85

    August 8, 2021 at 11:51 AM

    I just love when you have Emily on. I joined her study at Duke last year because of your pod. Please have her on to update us periodically! She is such a strong voice of reason among a group of people who don’t always prioritize science. Thank you Emily!

  2. karla

    August 10, 2021 at 8:34 PM

    Great interview! Emily is very informative and great at explaining the science. And Steve, you were well prepared and you asked all of the questions that many of us are thinking. Yes please bring Emily back anytime. Loved the last questions about her kids! You can do a whole other podcast just about her family, and it would be fun!

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