THI Responds to COVID-19 Threat

As part of THI’s work to provide you with accurate information around health issues, THI president David L. Katz, MD, MPH, and our Council members with expertise in this area, are providing links to trusted articles and resources on COVID-19. THI is working tirelessly to bring truth about the Coronavirus to the media, our partners, and the public realm. Please consider making a donation to support our work so we can continue to strategize, mobilize, and analyze information to optimize both public and personal health.


#TotalHarmMinimization Policy Suggestions in a Return to Work Context

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My fellow Americans- and to be ecumenical about it, my fellow humans- I have two questions for you. Do you have at least half a wit? And, do you have at least half a heart? If the answers are yes- you have at least half of each- then I contend it’s time to come out of opposing corners and meet in the middle of the COVID infodemic. Enough of the polarizing nonsense that passes for COVID policy debate in this country. Seriously: enough.

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We must, to some extent, be something like flotsam in the currents of culture, debris on the winds of the Zeitgeist; a bit helpless against the buffeting of “now,” in all its particulars. Perhaps it is the Internet and social media; perhaps the constant immediacy of news cycles. Whatever the reasons intrinsic to “now,” they exert some dominion over our thinking, and seemingly the dictates of now call for: pretty dumb.

Interviews / Videos / Podcasts

Dr. David Katz joins Yahoo Finance’s Heidi Chung to discuss concerns over a second wave of the coronavirus and a timeline on a vaccine, 6/13/20

United States Amateur Baseball League’s “Clubhouse Report” host Mike Kolesar discusses the re-opening of baseball with Dr. Katz, 6/04/20

Bottom Line Inc’s Sarah Hiner discusses re-entering a germ-filled society with Dr. David Katz. Watch on YouTube or listen to the podcast, 6/1/20

Spencer Bailey and Andrew Zuckerman of At a Distance podcast interview Dr. Katz on Understanding Covid-19 in a Big-Picture Context, 5/21/20. Also available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, and Stitcher

Michael Moynihan Asks Dr. Katz: Is Our Cure Causing Another Disease? on Showtime’s VICE, 5/17/20

Seana Smith, Anchor, Yahoo Finance, Discusses Newly-Released CDC Guidelines for Reopening with Dr. David Katz, 5/15/20

Dr. Oz Interviews Dr. Katz on the Effects of Vitamin D on #COVID19, 5/07/20

The Choreography of Contagion Interdiction, Rich Roll Podcast, 5/07/20

Roundtable – COVID-19: How New Information Should Drive Policy. U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, 5/05/20

Illinois coronavirus: Possible permanent changes to work, school and travel after the COVID-19 lockdown, ABC 7 Eyewitness News, 5/4/20

Working Smarter, not Harder, Michael Smerconish, CNN, 5/01/20

Keynote address, Pandemic Elective, USC Gehr Family Center for Health Systems Science & Innovation, 4/29/20

Dr. Katz collaborates with Thomas L. Friedman in a New York Times opinion piece, 4/25/20

Dr. Katz explains #TotalHarmMinimization on Real Time with Bill Maher, 4/24/20

Dr. Katz joins Mark Levin on Life, Liberty & Levin, 4/20/20: Part 1

Dr. Katz on Life, Liberty and Levin, Part 2

What We Are Learning From Global Data on COVID-19 So Far, 4/16/20

Perspectives on the Pandemic: #TotalHarmMinimization. Interview with John Kirby of Journeyman Pictures, 4/14/20

What You Need to Know About The Virus Pandemic & Your Health: Dr. Katz Talks with NaturallySavvy, 4/10/20

Octavian Report: Dr. David L. Katz on What We’re Getting Wrong, 4/3/20

Dr. David L. Katz On A Targeted Response To Coronavirus Pandemic, 3/30/20

Dr. Katz’ interview on CNN’s Fareed Zakaria GPS: “Can we limit the economic cost of COVID-19?” Part 1, 3/29/20

Fareed Zakaria GPS Part 2

CNN’s Smerconish: Should virus shutdown be modified to prevent other fallout?, 3/28/20

KTLA 5 Morning News: Dr. Katz discusses his New York Times op ed, ‘Is our fight against coronavirus worse than the disease?’ 3/27/20

PBS News Hour: On balancing medical risk and economic pain, 3/24/20

Anderson Cooper 360: Dr. Sanjay Gupta and Dr. Katz discuss his proposed framework for risk-based interdiction of Coronavirus, 3/23/20

Catalyst Health, Wellness and Performance Podcast: Corona Virus Perspective, 3/18/20

Food Talk Podcast with Dr. Katz: Being Healthy Isn’t a Fad (especially in the face of COVID-19), 3/18/20 podcast: Dr. David L. Katz Interview, 3/17/20

Guidance from THI Partners & Council Members

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