Published on Mar 19, 2021

Video Transcript

JOHN WHYTE: Welcome, everyone. I'm Dr. John Whyte, Chief Medical Officer at WebMD. The pandemic was declared just over a year ago, and within days, WebMD launched its Daily News show, Coronavirus in Context.

JEROME ADAMS: We're out there trying to give the best possible advice today based on the information we have.

JOHN WHYTE: It was challenging to keep up with the evolving information.

ERIC TOPOL: In a pandemic, you don't want to withhold anything that could help people. But at the same time, you don't want to promote things that lack evidence. So there is a fine, delicate balance.

LUCIANA BORIO: We need to look for trusted sources of information, and sadly, we're in an environment where there's a tremendous amount of misinformation.

JOHN WHYTE: Within a month, we were in the middle of a mental health pandemic.

LISA MARSH RYERSON: We cannot let physical distancing become social disconnection.

TIM TEBOW: I think this has really helped me stop, not move at such a fast pace, be a little bit more patient, and try to take in and learn.

JOHN WHYTE: And we learned that there is no physical health without mental health.

PHIL MCGRAW: Let's talk about anxiety. Let's talk about depression. Let's talk about irritability and loneliness.

JOHN WHYTE: But with all the scary news, we also needed to continue to live our lives under difficult conditions.

TAFT FOLEY III: When I have kids and grandchildren, I want to be able to tell them that I ran towards the flames when the COVID-19 pandemic hit. I want to be able to tell them that.

JOHN WHYTE: With gyms starting to close, non-stop Zoom calls, we gave tips on what to eat to help maintain a strong immune system to help fight COVID.

DREW RAMSEY: The number one move that we want patients to do more of, it's cooking at home to take care of themselves and take care of their nutrition.

PADMA LAKSHMI: Get kids in the kitchen, participating in the preparation of meals, as quickly as you can. Even if they're toddlers, have them hanging around.

JOHN WHYTE: As the virus dragged on, people of color were being disproportionately impacted. COVID shined a light on health disparities that we no longer will ignore.

VALERIE MONTGOMERY RICE: This virus does not discriminate.

UTIBE R. ESSEN: We know that nearly 27 million Americans are uninsured right now, with the higher proportion of that group being from Hispanic and African-American backgrounds.

JOHN WHYTE: Development of vaccines proceeded at an unprecedented speed without cutting corners on safety and efficacy.

MICHELLE MCMURRY: Our knowledge and our evolution around COVID has changed tremendously in those last 10 months.

JOHN WHYTE: We had many conversations with the directors of the CDC and NIH, the FDA commissioner, and, of course, Dr. Fauci.

ANTHONY FAUCI: I would use the words that I'm cautiously optimistic that we're going to get there.

JUDY WOODRUFF: The American people have grit and determination, and we're going to do everything we can to keep this country going.

JOHN WHYTE: We certainly have learned a lot after one year of this show. Over 250 guests. And while we don't know exactly when and how this pandemic will end, we have learned a great deal about how to protect ourselves, our families, and our communities, and we recognize that no one is truly safe until we're all safe. Thanks for watching.