On January 30, 2020 the World Health Organization declared a Public Health Emergency of International Concern in response to the rapid spread of COVID-19. The pandemic has grown rapidly, and the United States has quickly become the epicenter.
Much of the country has been blindsided by the pandemic’s severity. Not Gavin Yamey. In early 2018 he wrote the op-ed, The Odds of a Devastating Pandemic Just Went Up.
Yamey is a professor at the Duke Sanford School of Public Policy and director of The Center for Policy Impact in Global Health, based at the Duke Global Health Institute. He also serves on two international health commissions. He joins us to talk about the conditions that primed the US for the COVID-19 pandemic, what we can do now to combat it, and how we can learn from it to prevent future outbreaks.