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The Osterholm Update: COVID-19 podcast began in March 2020, as the COVID-19 pandemic began to reach all parts of the globe. Each episode features discussion and analysis on the latest COVID-19 developments by Dr. Michael Osterholm and host Chris Dall. The mission of the podcast is to embrace the spirit of "straight talk," by telling the public what we do and don't know about the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Osterholm Update: COVID-19 podcast is created by the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (CIDRAP) at the University of Minnesota.

Dr. Michael Osterholm

Michael Osterholm, PhD, MPH, is Regents Professor, McKnight Presidential Endowed Chair in Public Health, the director of CIDRAP, Distinguished Teaching Professor in the Division of Environmental Health Sciences, School of Public Health, a professor in the Technological Leadership Institute, College of Science and Engineering, and an adjunct professor in the Medical School, all at the University of Minnesota.


From June 2018 through May 2019, he served as a Science Envoy for Health Security on behalf of the US Department of State. He is the author of the New York Times best-selling 2017 book, Deadliest Enemy: Our War Against Killer Germs, in which he not only details the most pressing infectious disease threats of our day but lays out a nine-point strategy on how to address them, with preventing a global pandemic at the top of the list.

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Michael Osterholm

Host Chris Dall

Chris Dall, MA, is a news reporter for CIDRAP News, focusing on antimicrobial resistance and stewardship, and providing additional coverage on the COVID-19 pandemic. Chris has written about health and medicine for the online health news startup PresentNation and worked for several years as a news producer at Minnesota Public Radio.  


He has a master's degree in journalism from Emerson College in Boston. He enjoys writing about public health, infectious disease, and the history of medicine.

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