Welcome back to Krystal Kyle & Friends — minus the Friends this week, as we’re giving you a special episode of in-depth conversation between our two hosts. This week, we’re focusing on COVID policy, from vaccines and masks to lockdowns, in terms of what health and safety precautions have shaped American life in the past two years. We’re taking this opportunity to examine how the imposition of these health measures has changed public thinking about our collective duty to one another, the way we protect and advocate for kids growing up during and post-COVID, and more ethical questions we’ve faced since the onset of the pandemic.
As you’ll see in our conversation, we think carefully about how to balance issues of personal freedom, mental health, and a return to normal social life with basic measures for health and safety. It’s not clear whether there are COVID surges ahead, and if more illness is in our shared future, we continue to see the value in preventative steps like masking and vaccinating. At the same time, we focus on the essential question of why Americans feel dubious when it comes to taking health guidance from our government. From the profit motive behind pharmaceutical companies to histories of racial and economic injustice playing out in health care, we delve into the problems of trust, transparency, and, of course, greed that undermine public faith in our government’s ability to care and provide for us — faith that is undermined far beyond the issue of COVID.
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