Coronavirus on Smart Talk Thursday: Networking a COVID-cure and how stable is our meat supply?

University of Pennsylvania physician-researcher Dr. David Fajgenbaum, MD, says he has spent his entire adult life seeking answers to difficult questions. He’s earned multiple degrees in the pursuit of knowledge, including two master’s degrees and a Medical Doctorate.

But when it was his own personal illness, finding answers seemed, at first, beyond reach.  

Fajgenbaum went from being a healthy college athlete and undergrad to his death bed while in medical school. It was there he was diagnosed with a rare disorder called Castleman disease, an illness of the lymph nodes and related tissues.

While trying to perform research and save his own life, Fajgenbaum spearheaded a new approach that he says could play a significant role in treating other diseases like COVID-19.

Dr. David Fajgenbaum, MD, appears on Smart Talk  to talk about the method.

Summer is approaching and America’s love affair with the grill may be at risk. For several weeks now, there have been warnings that meat supplies could be affected by coronavirus outbreaks at meatpacking plants. 

An industry slow-down appears to be happening, but what does that mean to the meat supply?

Dr. Jimmy Chen, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Analytics & Operations Management with the Freeman College of Management at Bucknell University believes this may be short-lived, and possibly an opportunity for industry change.

Professor Chen joins Smart Talk to explain.