Episode 23 – Epidemiologist Natasha Lloyd – Spread The Word, Not the Virus
The world is in a state of chaos and most of us are left asking questions because we just don’t understand what to do. Alex’s guest today is here to answer some of those questions. Natasha Lloyd is an epidemiologist with a specialty in infectious disease. She was well on her way to skiing in the Olympics when she suffered a tragic back injury that completely changed her course. Alex and Natasha are going to dive in-depth into the current state of the world as it deals with COVID-19 as well as suicide prevention. We don’t know where the world is headed, but social isolating doesn’t necessarily mean you have to go it alone!
In this episode, Alex and Natasha talk about…
- Natasha’s plethora of injuries that have changed her life
- Growing up in the backcountry as a female skier
- Let’s find a way to help promote suicide prevention and connection
- This is the most important part of washing your hands
- Differentiating between isolation and quarantine
- How close is the world to developing a vaccine?
- Don’t go get tested unless you are actually in need of healthcare!
- Biological factors that make us behave in certain manners
- A lot of diseases to start in animals and mutate from there
- Do we have to worry about Lyme Disease now too?
- The best sources of information, spoiler alert, not the news
- Differentiating between measles and chickenpox
- What we’re trying to achieve with all these isolations and quarantines
- Natasha’s crystal ball view on the future of the virus
- Mindfulness practices to help ease the mental strain from all this chaos
Links to resources:
Natasha Lloyd - Infectious Disease Epidemiologist
Master of Public Health, Epidemiology - University at Albany
Bachelor of Science Biological Science - Rutgers University, Cook College
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-8255
Eagle County Hope Line 970-306-4673
Pitkin County - Aspen Hope Line 970-925-5858
Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (Colorado)
Eagle County Public Health
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