The Coronavirus Pandemic
The coronavirus pandemic has sent waves of fear across the globe. It is a dangerous moment. We are benumbed by the dizzying statistics of new cases and the number of deaths popping up all over the world. What is it? It is a novel virus named for the crownlike spikes that protrude from its surface. It can infect both animals and people and can cause various illnesses and can be fatal. How contagious is it? Very. The top government infectious disease expert says “We’re at a critical point now. The worst is yet ahead for us.” It’s no time for happy talk. The deeper systemic societal health and economic problems are ignored. When the crisis subsides, we must examine those issues.
Dr. Stephen Bezruchka is on the faculty of the Department of Global Health and the Department of Health Services at the University of Washington. He worked for many years as an emergency physician in Seattle. He worked in Nepal for more than a decade where he helped set up a community health project a week’s walk from the road. He also established a remote district hospital for training Nepali doctors whom he supervised. He is the author of Inequality Kills Us All: COVID-19’s Health Lessons for the World.
What a great program and spoke truth to so much of what I was thinking! Thank you!
Andrew O’Connor –
Dr. Brezuchka’s lecture was an intelligent, well thought out and reasoned presentation about how predatory capitalism and political lackeys have crippled our medical infrastructure and left it unable to respond to the existential threat of coronavirus.
Diana Noble –
Stephen’s words are my thoughts from watching our society for 61 years. What would be best is the gathering of 52 people in small communities that work together eye-to-eye. That’s our next layer of success for communities to begin building our new world. Find your 52 people. Now is the time to get to know the people closest to you physically. Instead of manicured lawns, we need to grow our own foods, herbs, and spices. We’ve become too reliant on others for self-sufficiency. Now is the time to creatively work together. It takes a person like Stephen to have the thought and the eloquence of speech and it takes the rest of us to create action to make it happen to save the world! Use this quiet time to begin to talk to people that think like you do and create plans to begin your own action.
Dave in Hanson, MA –
Bezruchka is one of the greats.
Andrew in Lafayette, CO –
Great program. Thank you.
I really enjoyed the expose.
I found it very clear and extremely instructive.
I will recommend it to listen.
Thank you very much.
Vj ross –
Mr. Brezuchka has given a thorough and inviting lecture of reality in this nation’s politician’s preferance of profit over peoples lives. It reminds me of a scene out of the Harry Potter movies where it was shown how the wizards following the evil Lord Voldimort viewed the rest of the world, namely non-wizards. The populace were portrayed as smashed in a pile under the reining wizards. The hate and murder encouraged by the power hungry became easily displayed. Ignorance and short-sightedness combined with capitalistic motives will prove it’s deadly suffering of the people.
Dorothy Vesey –
Amazing broadcast! Very easy to understand the big picture! Needs to go mainstream for people to listen and learn!
James L Duncan –
Calmly, reassuringly, this wise experienced sage conveys the message this disease is
teaching us. I am so glad he related this to inequality and poverty.