Larry Brilliant, MD, MPH

Chair, Ending Pandemics

Recorded: Monday, April 27th

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View the Bipartisan Public Health Leaders Letter on COVID19 Tracking and Tracing mentioned in Dr. Brilliant’s session.

Join Larry Brilliant, as he shares his perspective on how to think about, deal with, and potentially treat the COVID-19 pandemic.

Larry is the board chair of the nonprofit Ending Pandemics and senior advisor to the Skoll Global Threats Fund. He was previously the head of Google’s philanthropic arm and is co-founder of the Seva Foundation, a nonprofit that has restored vision to more than 5 million people in over 20 countries. He has worked with four presidents, the United Nations, G8, and chaired the National Biosurveillance Advisory Subcommittee.

Board-certified in preventive medicine, Larry lived in India for more than a decade working as a United Nations medical officer where he played a key role in the successful World Health Organization smallpox eradication program. In 2006 Larry received the TED Prize for his plan of early detection and early response to global pandemics. He was senior technical advisor for the 2011 pandemic horror film Contagion.

“I see no reason to not believe that a vaccine will be found.

Larry Brilliant in conversation with The Economist

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    Student Question: How are COVID-19 vaccine trials going so far? What is the timeline for COVID-19 vaccine trials?

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    Could binge eating and drinking a lot of water be a sign of coronavirus? (It is happening to be…)
    Could the incubation period of the virus be longer then 14 days, and then strike the immune system harder?
    Why do some people recover from the coronavirus, have not been in contact with anyone, and then still test positive (or later positive)?
    Could there be more cases in December and January, but mostly asymptomatic? And then now all the cases now symptomatic?
    Are there any new mutations that we should be worry?
    Are some unexpected deaths related to coronavirus?
    If you really think about it, is a vaccine really going to prevent it, because it is going to happen in fourth quarter, and there are already a lot of cases?
    Should I wear a face mask, if I have diffculty breathing, and I get a asthma attack after wearing one? (This is true to me)

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    What’s your take on those states that are deciding to “open for business”?

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    Why does this virus hit the lungs so severely?

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    Please clarify whether or not Ibuprofen should be avoided during the Covid-19 era, and explain why this is so. Is Tylenol safe to use? Thank you.

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    One of the other speakers Eric Verdin mentioned that there are many viruses hiding in corners of the world waiting to make the jump to infect humans. How is this so and how do we prevent ourselves from getting these undiscovered diseases?

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    How are vaccine’s created exactly? Why does it take so long for scientists to create them?

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    Given that a vaccine is a year or more away, what are the most effective methods to improve overall immunity to a virus like COVID-19?

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    2QS from a med student in London, UK! 1) How likely is it that COVID-19 will result in the development of long term health conditions in addition to immediate symptoms? What might they look like? 2) what’s your interpretation of the rising no of strokes that could be associated with COVID-19?

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    For those who have recovered from the virus, even if the amount of antibodies in their blood decreases over time, couldn’t the body quickly ramp up production if it encounters the virus again?

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    For those who have recovered from the virus, how likely will they be immune from the virus (even if they’ve had a mild case) and for how long?

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    I’m an avid hiker and lead moderate to strenuous hikes in Marin County . What is the likely hood of spreading 19 on single file trails maintaining proper social distancing I’m 82 haven’t hiked in 6 weeks with park access closures. Average group size 8-12 people ranging in age middle 60’s to low 80’s. Do you recommend opening state and federal parks along with

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    What do you think about whether Covid can be spread by pollution particulates which was on the news recently.

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    Is it true that all people over 70 years old have significantly less efficient immune systems and therefore will need to shelter longer in the coming year? For any healthy and fit individual in their 70’s with no underlying
    condition, does the statistical age cut-off apply?

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    Drug developer working on a small molecule treatment for COVID-19 here–what do you think of the recent (arguably negative) data releases around Remdesivir (antiviral) and Kevzara (anti-IL6)? What can we learn from these new data points?

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    Has coronavirus existed before this outbreak? If so, has it been as bad as right now?
    Besides the lungs, what other organs can be affected ?

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    What’s your message for people who are working on COVID-19 related public policy in this country?

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    What do you know about how long the COVID19 virus survives in water?

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    Where is the info on how to hear Dr. Brilliant?

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    How long does it take to make a vaccine? Can you get it more than once?

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    Dr Brilliant👨‍⚕️, you collaborated on the movie 🎥 Contagion 🦠. At what minute ⏰ is the Bay Area currently at in this 1 hour & 45 minute movie 🍿?

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    What’s “herd immunity” – is that the ultimate goal? If so, how will we know when we’ve got it?

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    I have been participating in a Covid-19 Tracker App exercise which based on machine learning shows daily Marin County people with Covid-19 symptoms. The number is substantially larger than the County confirmed cases. What does that tell us—does it obviate the need for far more testing before we can feel safe in venturing out from our current relative isolation?

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    Is COVID-19 able to mutate into an even worse virus (ex: airborne)?
    How soon will the vaccine be discovered and utilized?

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    1. Isn’t flattening the curve postponing the inevitable?
    2. Why does the surge/spike dates keep shifting?
    3. Why isn’t herd immunity the faster way to protect the population?
    4. How would you bring more health workers online at the time of a pandemic?
    5. Hasn’t PPE manufacturing outside the US become a national security issue and what would you do to change it?
    6. Why are elective surgery nurses being furloughed and not reassigned?
    7. How reliable are the CDC tests? Have the problems been fixed?
    8. What’s your prediction when there will be sufficient antibody testing for the general population?
    9. At what point does the economy become a public health issue?
    10. Has testing statics from other countries provided insights for our situation?
    11. It appears the southern hemisphere has far fewer cases of covid-19. Is that seasonality? Please comment.
    12. Does the 14-day clock start again when a family member goes to work once a week with about half a dozen colleagues?
    13. Please comment on the Stanford and USC studies indicating that the disease is more prevalent.
    14. Is the USS Roosevelt’s 50% asymptomatic population data valid or is it an anomaly and why?
    15. Are disinfection UV lights effective? If so, what are the limitations?

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    I can’t find link to register for today’s event sgoyalus@gmail.com

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    A recent (not yet peer-reviewed) study on recovered COVID-19 patients found that only 70 percent developed high concentrations of antibodies in their blood. Does that mean the other 30% may have no immunity to the virus? Link to the study: https://www.medrxiv.org/content/10.1101/2020.03.30.20047365v1.full.pdf

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    Dr Brilliant, you collaborated on the movie 🎥 Contagion 🦠. At what minute is the Bay Area currently at in this 1 hour & 45 minute movie 🍿 ?

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    I have been reading about the progression of symptoms. At first it was said Covid -19 caused pneumonia like symptoms, one doctor said it wasn’t at all like pneumonia more like acute altitude sickness. Another article said it’s causing organ failure or damage. Now I’m reading that there are folks that have had mild symptoms but are developing strokes. I’m wondering if the virus makes the blood sticky or thick? something like polycythemia Vera? If it does, would you recommend taking something like baby aspirin or increasing omega 3s As a precaution?

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    How quickly can you train people to become a contact tracer? what background are you looking for in these people? how can they apply to be a contact tracer?

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    Why are people who don’t seem to come into contact getting it?
    What country in the world is closest to finding a vaccine/ cure?

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    Mike Hansen indicated that IL-6 may be one of the cytokines protective from COVID-19 action, and is predominantly present in females. Might this be one of the reasons for the disparity of the greater number of males affected than females, and is there any downregulation with age, thereby leaving older women more vulnerable?

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    By how much did we avoid the expected peak by going into an early lockdown?
    How would an immunosuppressant help the immune system get better and also fight the virus

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    What are the most common things people do to pass the corona?
    What is the best plain of action if you or someone around you has it?