Coronavirus Crisis Update: Mike Osterholm – America’s Health Systems on Edge of Breakdown
We sat down with Mike Osterholm, a member of President-Elect Biden’s Covid-19 Advisory Task Force, a renowned leader in global health security, director of the University of Minnesota’s Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (CIDRAP). What does he make of this “most dangerous period since the Spanish Flu in 1918,” fueled by “pandemic fatigue, fatigue anger and indoor air?" Health systems are on the edge of breakdown, as shortages of ICU staff and beds worsen, providers “hit the wall” in locating protective gear, and drug shortages worsen. In his view, America needs a leader who can communicate calmly and effectively to all Americans. “We need Uncle Joe,” we need “fireside chats” that “help us get through this.”
Dr. Michael Osterholm is the founder and Director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (CIDRAP) and Professor in the School of Public Health at the University of Minnesota. He is a member of President-Elect Biden’s Covid-19 Advisory Task Force.