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US Expert: Dr. Michael Osterholm

First warning was 15 years ago, the second one came 2017. Did the World listen?

Dr. Osterholm, of the University of Minnesota, wrote in Foreign Affairs magazine in 2005 that, “This is a critical point in our history. Time is running out to prepare for the next pandemic. We must act now with decisiveness and purpose.” He reiterated this point in his 2017 book, “Deadliest Enemy: Our War Against Killer Germs.”

We conservatively estimate,” he told The Joe Rogan Experience of the outbreak, “that this could require 48 million hospitalizations, and over 480,000 deaths over the next 3-7 months.”

When infections strike round the world, he’s often one among the primary phone involves expert assistance made by nations that find themselves at the epicenter. That consulting role has given him a front-row view of the worldwide threat posed by emerging viruses, bacteria and therefore the mysterious proteins called prions linked to mad cow disease and, closer to home, chronic pulmonary tuberculosis in deer. The book’s chapter on MERS and SARS is especially perceptive. These diseases are caused by coronaviruses, an equivalent viral family now fueling the COVID-19 pandemic.


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