Epidemiologist Dr. Larry Brilliant explains to Ian Bremmer the tools and tracking apps that can help keep people informed about where the coronavirus is and how to avoid it. In an interview for GZERO World, Dr. Brilliant also discusses the new partnership between Apple and Google to share information and data on contact tracing. It's a 30% solution, he explains, as half the world—the poorest, oldest, or those in the most remote spots—do not have access to smartphones. But it is a start, and a positive step, he says.
Smallpox killed people for centuries. In 1977, a sea plane carrying a medical team from the World Health Organization descended on a place called Bola Island, nestled in the world's largest delta. Their mission, monitor and eradicate a deadly and highly contagious virus, first documented in China and easily spread by droplets from a cough or sneeze. This is the story of eradicating smallpox. Dr. Larry Brilliant would go on to co-found the Seva Foundation treating blindness and later lead Google's worldwide philanthropy.
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On GZERO World with Ian Bremmer, legendary epidemiologist Dr. Larry Brilliant challenges the mixed messages on masks coming from the US government. He tells Ian that masks, and even the addition of hats, gloves, and glasses, are essential to stopping the spread of COVID-19 until there is a vaccine.
In an interview for GZERO World with Ian Bremmer, famed epidemiologist Dr. Larry Brilliant had high praise for NIAID chief Dr. Anthony Fauci, who has been pivotal in the US response to COVID-19. Brilliant calls Dr. Fauci, "A national treasure," and says his job is very difficult at the moment working with an administration that is "hollowed out when it comes to science."
Epidemiologist Dr. Larry Brilliant, whose work helped eliminate Smallpox forever, explains the steps necessary to eradicate the COVID-19 virus from the world. Brilliant methodically details a three-tiered approach to combating this health threat: Vaccination and herd immunity, proper protection to prevent spread including masks and gloves, and the technology tools that can track illness and infection.