Predicting COVID and Future Pandemics

“They think my spirit animal is a bunny. But it’s a fucking dragon.”

Halle Tecco
1 min readAug 16, 2021

In this episode, Dr. Charity Dean, who is the protagonist in Michael Lewis’s new book ‘The Premonition’, talks about the early days of COVID and how she told not to use the word pandemic because it could scare people.

Because as a disease controller, what I do this is my containment is my favorite game. And I’m a horrible loser. And I only like to win. And yet here I was unable to do the thing that I had trained my whole life to do.

Dr. Dean served as the Assistant Director for the California Department of Public Health and was a key member of the executive team directing the COVID-19 outbreak response from the high-level overview to tactical operations to co-founding and leading the Testing Task Force. She is currently the Founder & CEO of The Public Health Company.

Photo of Dr. Charity Dean when she served as Assistant Director of the California Department of Public Health. Photo via Voice.