Dr. Paul Offit is an infectious disease expert, virologist, and the author of seven medical narratives. Today we discuss Overkill: When Modern Medicine Goes Too Far. Definitely worth a listen.
Knowing how a pandemic started is the key to stopping the next one.
A novel bat coronavirus first appears in Wuhan, China in late November of 2019. This family of coronaviruses normally reside in bats living in caves 1000 miles south of Wuhan.
Understanding where the virus came from and how it entered the human reservoir will help prevent a similar pandemic in the future. No matter what you may have heard, no one has produced evidence to prove exactly where or how the virus entered the human reservoir. There are two competing theories to explain where this virus came from and how it entered the human reservoir. Both are plausible. Both have merit. Episode two critically examines both theories of origin.