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In this episode, we listen in as KT’s homie, Dhwanil chats with Dr. Taylor Heald-Sargent about the current coronavirus pandemic. Taylor is currently a third-year Pediatric Infectious Disease fellow at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago. She is also an expert virologist with interest in the coronaviruses and she has a PhD looking at human coronavirus entry. Taylor and Dhwanil have a great discussion about the initial SARS epidemic from the early 2000s and the lessons we learned from it. They also break down the current pandemic, including where coronaviruses come from and what sorts of illnesses they cause, why children seem to be spared from serious illness during this pandemic and why health care workers seem to have higher rates of serious illness. They also talk treatment strategies currently being studied such as convalescent plasma therapy and cover the concept of herd immunity within a population.

To the healthcare professionals on the frontline that are probably either getting off of a shift or getting ready for their next, thank you for all that you do!

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