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The Peabody Award-winning On the Media podcast is your guide to examining how the media sausage is made. Hosts Brooke Gladstone and Bob Garfield examine threats to free speech and government transparency, cast a skeptical eye on media coverage of the week’s big stories and unravel hidden political narratives in everything we read, watch and hear. WNYC Studios is a listener-supported producer of other leading podcasts including Radiolab, Snap Judgment, Death, Sex & Money, Nancy and Here’s the Thing with Alec Baldwin. © WNYC Studios

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A Unique Petri Dish


The COVID 19 pandemic has expanded our vocabulary with terms like “social distancing” and “self-isolation.” In an article in Slate, Jeremy Samuel Faust who is a physician and instructor at Harvard medical school gave us one more; “case fatality rate” or CFR. Initial reports have the CFR for this disease at 2 to 3 percent but Faust writes that the actual numbers could be much lower. Using the cruise ship the Diamond Princess - a unique petri dish -  as his case study he explains that of the 3711 people on board, at least 705 tested positive for the virus and 6 people have died. A CFR of 0.85 percent. 


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 2020-03-12  8m