Dr. Eric Feigl-Ding is an epidemiologist and health economist and a Senior Fellow at the Federation of American Scientists in Washington DC, and Chief Health Economist for Microclinic International. He was previously a faculty and researcher at Harvard Medical School and Harvard Chan School of Public Health between 2004-2020, and an epidemiologist at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital.
In January 2020, he was recognized in the media as one of the first to alert the public on the pandemic risk of COVID-19. He focuses his efforts on analyzing COVID-19 trends, stop COVID-19 misinformation, advocate for public health, and improve health policy. Dr. Feigl-Ding’s work focuses on the intersection of public health and public policy.
He also currently works on social-network based behavioral interventions for prevention, drug safety, diabetes/obesity prevention, and public health programs in the US and globally. He has further expertise in designing and conducting randomized trials, systematic reviews, public health programs, and improving health policy.
Lyrics to the song that was inspired by the interview:
It's often hard to know what to do
You hear different arguments, points of view
What is wrong, and what is true?
On the subject of the virus
Our attitude to mortality
How we feel about authority
Filter and form all our opinions
Am I being righteous?
But if in doubt about how to act
Then always do, what's best for other people
Where a mask that filters well
Wash your hands, distance and gel
Open windows, ventilate
Run in the mountains, swim in the sea
Build robust immunity
Limit your plate and watch your weight
So kids can go back to school
Cos keeping them at home is cruel
Don't ruminate or hesitate
Don't trust to fate or leave it late
Calculate it could mutate
If you postulate or speculate
Or read posts about conspiracies
And if in doubt about vaccines
Browse horrible photos of defeated diseases
Birth defects brought on by Rubella
The terrible shock of Chickenpox
Parents in hysteria, kids with Diphtheria
Would you like Hepatitis or Rotavirus?
Or the evils that come from Measles
It's cretinous to risk tetanus
You don't want your kids low with Polio
Only silly men scoff at Whooping Cough
You'll feel like a chump if they get the Mumps