Manage episode 285914369 series 2638829
It's time to get ready for life post-pandemic. Seriously, it's going to end. Someday.
And, it's time to start preparing ourselves, both physically and emotionally, for life on the other side.
Dr. John Whyte, the chief medical officer for WebMD, says transitioning to a maskless world where you can actually hug your friends may not be as easy as you think.
He, and other medical professionals, worry about the mental beating our brains have taken over the last year. And he says we all need to prepare ourselves and our families for some PTSD upon re-entry to "normal."
Whyte has three-step plan of things we can do now to be ready to truly enjoy the freedom of life post-pandemic.
In the last 20 years, Whyte has gained a reputation for being as good a medical storyteller as he is a doctor. He spent 10 years at the Discovery Channel as the chief medical expert and traveled the world seeing how diseases affected people in different countries.
He's also worked in government as the director of Professional Affairs for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
Now he's at WebMD because he thinks there's nothing wrong with diagnosing yourself as long as you get a second opinion from someone who went to medical school.
On this Dying to Ask:
- Three things to do right now to be ready to live happier and healthier post-pandemic
- The WebMD search that we're looking at seven times more than we used to before social distancing became a thing
- The question he asks patients knowing they've been googling their symptoms
- And who hooked Whyte up with his first TV gig