In Washington, D.C., flags have been planted as part of a memorial honoring the lives lost to Covid-19 in the U.S. The death toll now stands at over 240,000.

In Washington, D.C., flags have been planted as part of a memorial honoring the lives lost to Covid-19 in the U.S. The death toll now stands at over 240,000.

The last few days have seen record-breaking numbers of new coronavirus infections. Hospitalizations are up and officials warn of tens of thousands of deaths from Covid-19 in the coming weeks.

Dr. Michael Osterholm, director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota, is known as a straight-talker when it comes to the threat posed by the virus. And he says the U.S. is likely entering the darkest days of the pandemic. But he also sees light at the end of the tunnel.

Earlier this week President-elect Joe Biden appointed Dr. Osterholm to his coronavirus advisory board. He joined Diane Friday afternoon to give talk about what the country’s future leader can do to combat the pandemic.

Guests

  • Dr. Michael Osterholm Regents professor and director, Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy, University of Minnesota; frequent consultant to the WHO, NIH, CDC and FDA; member of both the National Academy of Medicine and the Council on Foreign Relations

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