Contagious Conversations: A Respiratory Triple Threat


The COVID-19 pandemic was a stark reminder of the threats posed by severe acute respiratory infection and the risks we all face. As stated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), a health threat anywhere is a health threat everywhere.  

In the latest episode of our Contagious Conversations podcast, we discuss the recent tridemic of COVID-19, influenza and respiratory syncytial virus, often called RSV. We also explore the origins, purpose and impact of a severe acute respiratory infection preparedness study known as SARI Prep, supported by the CDC Foundation as a way to provide better clinical care and treatment for those with severe respiratory illness. 

I was pleased to host this conversation with Dr. Laura Evans, professor in the division of Pulmonary Critical Care and Sleep Medicine at the University of Washington. She’s also medical director of Critical Care at the University of Washington Medical Center. Dr. Evans serves as the principal investigator of the SARI Prep study. I enjoyed this fascinating discussion with Dr. Evans about the impact of this study. 

The SARI Prep study aims to inform and improve clinical management of patients suffering from respiratory infections, and how treating patients with respiratory infections stresses the hospital system and health care workers. To learn more about the study, and for a full list of recent study publications, search “Respiratory Infections” on our website. 

I encourage everyone to tune in and listen to this engaging conversation exploring the origins, purpose and impact of the severe acute respiratory infection-preparedness study and how the lessons learned today can keep us safer tomorrow.   

David Snyder
David Snyder is the content director for the CDC Foundation.