flatten the curve

Nan Lee / The New Yorker

Saying the crisis is still very real and far from over, physician, medical historian, and director of the University of Michigan's Center for the History of Medicine Dr. Howard Markel talks with WEMU's Lisa Barry about a recent article he wrote for the New Yorker, where he says he believes we are not ready for an open society due to our current global health crisis.


Howard Markel
Writers' Representatives / writersreps.com

The University of Michigan professor, physician, and medical historian who coined the term “flatten the curve” relating to the coronavirus pandemic, Dr. Howard Markel, says he is “wary” of a return to the classroom in the fall.

He talks to WEMU's Lisa Barry and also says he thinks college football is a bad idea as well, based on the current path of the pandemic.


Marie O'Neill
University of Michigan School of Public Health / sph.umich.edu

On its surface, there may not appear to be many connections between the coronavirus pandemic and the climate change crisis.  You don’t, however, have to dig very deep to find the parallels and the impacts on people of color.  Dr. Marie O‘Neill is a Professor of Environmental Health Sciences and Epidemiology at the University of Michigan, and her work has put her in the path of that intersection.  Dr. O’Neill joined WEMU’s David Fair this week to help connect the dots on this week’s "Issues of the Environment."