Thursday 9 December 2021

Dr. David Agus, CBS News medical contributor: Hopeful news about Covid

Published on Dec 9, 2020 by The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
YouTube: What Do We Actually Know About Omicron? Dr. David Agus Fills Us In On The Latest Science (6:28)
Covid expert and CBS News medical contributor Dr. David Agus makes his first visit to the show and briefs Stephen on the latest science surrounding the Omicron variant. Stick around for parts two and three of this conversation with Dr. Agus.

Published on Dec 9, 2020 by The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
YouTube: "We're Going To Keep Having Variants" - Dr. David Agus On The Surveillance System Tracking Covid (3:05)
In part two of his interview with Stephen, Dr. David Agus explains why we shouldn't panic at the idea of a future that brings an unending parade of new coronavirus variants.

Published on Dec 9, 2020 by The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
YouTube: "Travel Is Safe. Airplanes Are Safe." - Dr. Agus Offers Tips On Staying Safe During Holiday Travel (5:16)
In the third part of his interview with Stephen Colbert, CBS News medical contributor Dr. David Agus gives us reasons to be hopeful about where the pandemic is headed and offers tips on how to travel safely this holiday season.

Final Word I look at the qualifications of this man, and I have a high degree of confidence. I've written about influential people like Joe Rogan, podcaster, and Aaron Rodgers, quarterback for the Green Bay Packers, who ignore expert advice by not getting vaccinated and promoting unrecommended treatments such as ivermectin. I find it unfortunate these people hold sway over the public, spreading misinformation and delaying getting this public health crisis under control.

This interview conducted on December 9, 2021, gives me hope that we will get out of this mess.


Wikipedia: David Agus
David B. Agus is an American physician and author who serves as a professor of medicine and engineering at the University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine and Viterbi School of Engineering and the Founding Director and CEO of USC’s Lawrence J. Ellison Institute for Transformative Medicine. He is also the cofounder of several personalized medicine companies and a contributor to CBS News on health topics.

my blog: Ivermectin: I'm not taking medical advice from Joe Rogan.
From the outset of the pandemic, the supposed antiviral properties of the antiparasitic drug ivermectin has been bandied about left, right, and center. Even if expert sources of information like the CDC and the FDA said not to use it, people, especially those on the right led by Fox News, kept pushing ivermectin “propaganda”. Has anybody read the science, and if they did, did they understand what they were looking at?

my blog: Aaron Rodgers: I’m disappointed but I’m not surprised.
The stink is about Aaron Rodgers (b 1983), quarterback for the Green Bay Packers of the National Football League (NFL). Before I get into my rant, a little background for those not in the know.


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Friday 3 December 2021

What I learned from parents who don't vaccinate their kids | Jennifer Reich | TEDxMileHigh

"Your personal choices affect other people in significant ways.
Vaccines work best when everyone uses them."

-Jennifer Reich, American sociologist

Published on Feb 7, 2020 by TEDx Talks
YouTube: What I learned from parents who don't vaccinate their kids | Jennifer Reich | TEDxMileHigh (13:00)
Why do some parents reject vaccines, despite evidence that they've helped generations of children stay healthy? When sociologist Jennifer Reich started interviewing parents about this growing trend, she realized it wasn't as simple as being ignorant or anti-science. In this fascinating talk, she explains why this movement is the symptom of a much bigger problem -- our broken beliefs about parenting & health. Jennifer Reich is Professor of Sociology at the University of Colorado Denver. Her research examines how individuals and families weigh information and strategize their interactions with the state and service providers, particularly as they relate to healthcare and welfare. Over the last decade, she has examined how parents come to reject vaccines for their children, in dialog with physicians, complementary healthcare providers, activists, and researchers. She wrote Calling the Shots: Why Parents Reject Vaccines. She & her husband have three children.


Wikipedia: Jennifer Reich
Jennifer Anne Reich is an American sociologist, researcher and author at the University of Colorado Denver. Her research interests include healthcare, adolescence, welfare, and policy. Her work on vaccine hesitancy gained widespread attention during the 2019 measles outbreaks. She is the author of three books and numerous journal articles.

Vaccine hesitancy
Reich spent nearly ten years exploring what motivates some parents to decline inoculations for their children, or delay them. Her interviews with parents and subsequent research are presented in her 2016 book
Calling the Shots: Why Parents Reject Vaccines. She sees vaccine hesitancy as a consequence of societal pressures on parents (especially middle-class mothers) to make choices that are uniquely suited to their own children in terms of health and education, to maximize their chances of success in life: "We do vaccines in a way that has been shown to be scientifically the most efficacious and the safest and also the easiest to distribute at a national level. But for parents who really prioritize each child in their family as an individual, they don't accept this kind of logic." Working full-time on their kids, these parents are inclined to disregard generic advice dispensed by health professionals.

Facing a steady stream of misleading information, pediatricians and public health professionals have to know what motivates parents to be reluctant about vaccines, and to adjust how they communicate, says Reich. She suggests pediatricians have more success having a fruitful dialogue when they can communicate with empathy, parent-to-parent. How to put the focus on collective benefits - explaining own inoculation better protects all children - may be a way for public health authorities to overcome the reluctance of many parents.


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