The expand Podcast:
Season 4: COVID-19

Welcome to Season 4 of The Expand Podcast, where we dive deep into the world of COVID-19.

Join us as leading experts study COVID-19 from different perspectives, such as hypertension, immunosuppression, endocrinology, primary care, long COVID, and more.

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Inside Season 4

Step into this new podcast series where we uncover the link between COVID-19 and high-risk conditions, such as cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, immune conditions and many other.

Get ready for an eye-opening journey as we explore how certain health factors heighten the risks of COVID-19 complications. Tune in now!

Episode 1 | Navigating the Unknown Terrain of Long COVID (with Dr. Manali Mukherjee)

In episode 1 we met with Dr. Manali Mukherjee to talk about Long COVID and its impact on respiratory health.

You’ll learn about:

  • The effects of Long-COVID on respiratory health
  • The groundbreaking research being conducted in this field
  • The role of autoimmunity in disease severity and its connection to COVID and Long-COVID

Episode 2 | The link between COVID-19 and Cardiovascular Diseases (with Dr. Kim Connelly)

In episode 2 we met with Dr. Kim Connelly to talk about cardiovascular diseases, their risk factors, and their relationship with COVID-19.

You’ll learn about:

  • The severity of COPD as a leading cause of hospitalizations and its potential for treatment improvement.
  • The significance of integrating both non-pharmacological and pharmacological treatments in managing COPD effectively.
  • How standardized treatment protocols have the potential to reduce mortality rates and change the landscape of COPD care.

Episode 3 | The link between COVID-19 and Endocrinology (with Dr. Akshay Jain)

Endocrine diseases like diabetes and obesity can weaken the body’s immunity and its ability to heal, potentially exacerbating the effects of COVID-19.
In Episode 3, we met with Dr. Akshay Jain to discuss the relationship between endocrine diseases and COVID-19.

You’ll learn about:

  • An introduction to cardiovascular diseases and risk factors
  • The impact of COVID-19 on cardiovascular diseases
  • The role of lifestyle modifications and prevention measures
  • The importance of research in cardiovascular diseases
  • The role of vaccinations in preventing complications from COVID-19

The immune system is our defense against infections, with varying degrees of effectiveness depending on an individual’s health conditions and age.

Chronic diseases like heart disease, diabetes, obesity, and others can weaken the immune system, making individuals more susceptible to severe outcomes from infections like COVID-19.

In episode 4 of the eXpand podcast, we met with Dr. Anne Ellis to look into the immune system and its connection with COVID-19.

You’ll learn about:

  • The link between the immune system and COVID-19.
  • Risks and complications associated with COVID-19 for individuals with compromised immune systems.
  • The importance of COVID-19 vaccines.
  • The potential long-term effects of the virus.

When it comes to COVID-19, chronic lung conditions do not necessarily increase the risk of infection, but they do increase the risk of complications.

COVID-19 primarily affects the breathing units of the lung, leading to progressive breathlessness and potentially severe outcomes.

In episode 5 of the eXpand Podcast, we met with Dr. Maeve Smith to discuss the link between chronic respiratory conditions and COVID-19.

You’ll learn about:

  • The risk and complications of chronic lung conditions
  • The implications of COVID-19 on chronic respiratory conditions like Asthma, COPD, and bronchiectasis
  • The impact of viral infections and COVID-19 on these conditions
  • Prevention and treatment of COVID-19

Family physicians play a critical role in managing chronic diseases, including COVID-19 and Long COVID.

In episode 6 of the eXpand Podcast, we met with Dr. Peter Lin to discuss the role of family physicians in managing COVID-19 and its long-term effects, known as Long COVID.

You’ll learn about:

  • The risks and impacts of COVID-19 and Long COVID
  • The role of family physicians in managing patients with COVID-19
  • The importance of preventative measures against COVID-19
  • The future of managing COVID-19 and Long COVID from a primary care perspective

This season has been sponsored by a medical education grant from Moderna Biopharma Canada Corporation.

We also want to thank Canadian Thoracic Society (CTS) and Canadian Society of Allergy and Clinical Immunology (CSACI) for their collaboration.

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About The eXpand Podcast

The eXpand Podcast was created by Respiplus, a non-profit organization.

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