COVID Quickly, Episode 20: The Omicron Scare, and Anti-COVID Pills Are Coming

Today: the omicron variant and how scientists are figuring out if it’s really bad or not, and what vaccines can do to protect you against it, and the latest on antiviral pills.

Air date: December 3, 2021

COVID Quickly, Episode 19: Mandate Roadblocks, Boosters for All and Sickness in the Zoo

On the docket today, a court imperils Biden’s big workplace vaccination mandate, booster shot eligibility expands, as does evidence the shots help, and zoo tigers and leopards get COVID and their own vaccine.

Air date: November 19, 2021

COVID, Quickly, Episode 18: Vaccines for Kids and the Limits of Natural Immunity

Today, we’re going to talk about kids vaccines—the low risks and the considerable benefits, and why the shots protect people better than previous COVID infections do.

Air date: November 5, 2021

COVID, Quickly, Episode 17: Vaccine Lies and Protecting Immunocompromised People

Today we’re going to discuss the latest lies about vaccines not working, and ways to make them work better for immunocompromised people.

Air date: October 22, 2021

COVID, Quickly, Episode 16: Vaccines Protect Pregnancies and a New Antiviral Pill

Today we’re going to talk about why vaccines are safe for pregnant people, who are at higher risk of severe COVID and the arrival of a new COVID antiviral pill that could cut the risk of severe illness.

Air date: October 8, 2021

COVID, Quickly, Episode 15: Booster Shot Approvals--plus Vaccines for Kids?

Today, we’re going to bust through the confusion about booster vaccines: who can get them and who can’t, and we’ll talk about one group that hasn’t even gotten first shots yet: kids under 12. We’ll discuss when that could finally happen.

Air date: September 24, 2021

COVID, Quickly, Episode 14: Best Masks, Explaining Mask Anger, Biden's New Plan

Today: masks, and why people resist wearing them despite all the evidence that they work; why the kind of mask you wear matters and how to find a good one; the details of President Biden’s latest update.

Air date: September 10, 2021

COVID, Quickly, Episode 13: Vaccine Approval, Breakthrough Infections, Boosters

Today, we’re going to talk about the FDA approval of the Pfizer vaccine, whether new reports of breakthrough infections mean vaccines are losing power, and what you need to know about vaccine booster shots.

Air date: August 27, 2021

COVID, Quickly, Episode 12: Masking Up Again and Why People Refuse Shots

Today we’ll explain why the CDC now wants vaccinated people to wear masks indoors again. And we’ll discuss one big reason why some people still refuse to get vaccinated.

Air date: July 30, 2021

COVID, Quickly, Episode 11: Vaccine Booster Shots, and Reopening Offices Safely

Today we’re talking about whether people need vaccine booster shots and how to tell if it’s COVID-safe. Plus some things you can do to make it safer.

Air date: July 16, 2021

COVID, Quickly, Episode 10: Long Haulers, Delta Woes and Barbershop Shots

Today, we’ll talk about clinics for long-haul COVID patients, the rise of the Delta variant and what you can do about it and using barber shops to get vaccines to communities that need them most.

Air date: July 1, 2021

COVID, Quickly, Episode 9: Delta Variant, Global Vaccine Shortfalls, Beers for Shots

Today we’re talking about the danger of the Delta variant, the patchwork vaccine effort around the world, and getting free lottery tickets or beers with your shot in the U.S.

Air date: June 18, 2021

COVID, Quickly, Episode 8: The Pandemic's True Death Toll and the Big Lab-Leak Debate

Today we’re going to explain how COVID deaths have been seriously undercounted in many parts of the U.S. And we’ll discuss the raging debate over the origins of the pandemic virus: Was it a wild animal or a sloppy human lab?

Air date: June 4, 2021

COVID, Quickly, Episode 7: The Coming Pandemic Grief Wave, and Mask Whiplash

Today we’re going to talk about an oncoming wave of disabling grief that could hit lots of people. And we’ll try to unconfuse you about the complicated new mask-wearing guidelines from the CDC.

Air date: May 21, 2021

COVID, Quickly, Episode 6: The Real Reason for India's Surge and Mask Liftoff

Today we’re discussing whether human behavior or virus variants led to India’s COVID catastrophe. And we’ll talk about ways to make sense of the CDC’s new mask guidance and what it means when we’re coming out of the caves we’ve been in for the past year.

Air date: May 7, 2021

COVID, Quickly, Episode 5: Vaccine Safety in Pregnancy, Blood Clots and Long-Haul Realities

Today we’ll talk about why COVID vaccines seem safe for pregnancy and the rarity of blood clots with the Johnson & Johnson vaccine and the first strong data showing that COVID still hurts many people months after they first got sick.

Air date: April 23, 2021

COVID, Quickly, Episode 4: The Virtual Vaccine Line and Shots for Kids

Today we’re talking about when we’ll know if vaccines are safe for kids, why Biden’s claim that “everyone is eligible” for vaccines isn’t good enough and how a tiny country proved rapid testing can stop COVID spread.

Air date: April 9, 2021

COVID, Quickly, Episode 3: Vaccine Inequality—plus Your Body the Variant Fighter

Today we’re going to talk about the barriers Black and Latino people face in getting COVID vaccines, how your immune system strikes back against new coronavirus variants and what the heck is going on with the AstraZeneca vaccine.

Air date: March 26, 2021

COVID, Quickly, Episode 2: Lessons from a Pandemic Year

Today, after a whole awful year of COVID, we’re going to talk about what we did wrong and what we’ve learned to do right. We’ll also be correcting an idea that the new Johnson & Johnson vaccine is second-rate and giving you news about some recent developments in COVID medicines.

Air date: March 11, 2021

COVID, Quickly, Episode 1: Vaccines, Variants and Diabetes

Today we’re going to be talking about the new Johnson & Johnson vaccine, the race between declining cases and the rise of new virus variants, and new ideas about why the virus may trigger diabetes.

Air date: February 26, 2021