Podcast Review – JRE Podcast #1439 Michael Osterholm

Rating 5/5

Joe Rogan is a widely recognized public figure and is the head of the Joe Rogan Experience (JRE) Podcast which may have a larger reach than any other podcast in the world. 

For one special episode on March 10th, 2020, Rogan hosted Michael Osterholm on his podcast. 

Rogan’s YouTube description for this episode introduced Osterholm as the following: “Michael Osterholm is an internationally recognized expert in infectious disease epidemiology. He is Regents Professor, McKnight Presidential Endowed Chair in Public Health, the director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (CIDRAP), Distinguished Teaching Professor in the Division of Environmental Health Sciences, School of Public Health, a professor in the Technological Leadership Institute, College of Science and Engineering, and an adjunct professor in the Medical School, all at the University of Minnesota.”

Rogan and Osterholm spoke in the podcast for 94 minutes mostly about COVID-19 and a few other widely spread diseases and infections. Along with “Coronavirus” discussion there were multiple other topics touched on, such as MERS, SARS, chronic wasting disease, smallpox, and others. Osterholm gives lots of very applicable information about how COVID-19 and other diseases work, including how they spread, common symptoms, where they originate, and what we can do about them.

As he is an expert in the field of diseases, Osterholm can dispel myths about them and has lots of knowledge he can share on how we can prevent them. He doesn’t hesitate to “tell it like it is” throughout the podcast and does share some information that can be very concerning to hear. He argues that it is better that people know the whole truth so they can get prepared mentally to deal with the challenges that are coming.

He has also served the last few US presidential administrations as an advisor to help the US prepare for what we now are experiencing. He is not surprised at all about where COVID-19 originated, or the nature of the disease itself. In fact, Osterholm predicted the outbreak in his book “Deadliest Enemy: Our War Against Deadly Germs,” as well as its rapid growth after it was first detected. While sitting down with Rogan, Osterholm shares more predictions about the Coronavirus’ growth for the short and long term to come.

I was appeased and shocked while listening to JRE #1439. I’m satisfied that I learned truths about many diseases, some of which I had not heard of before, and some that I had misconceptions of. I’m shocked by how under-prepared the US and the world is for COVID-19, despite experts spreading awareness of the dangers through proper avenues for years before it actually happened.

I highly recommend listening to the entire podcast while doing tasks that don’t require intense focus, such as doing chores, driving, or exercising. This podcast is best listened to by itself and there exists an option with video on YouTube. 

If you are only interested in hearing the COVID-19 information, you are in luck because the largest chunk of the most important Coronavirus related content is featured within the first 20-25 minutes. I highly recommend giving this particular episode a listen for educational and actionable information about the most pressing current event.

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