The SnowBrains Podcast – Episode #2 – Are Ski Resorts Safe To Visit During COVID-19?

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The SnowBrains Podcast – Episode #2

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Last week we proudly announced the launch of “The SnowBrains Podcast“.

This week, we bring you episode #2 with Dr. Michael Fischman M.D.:  “Are Ski Resorts Safe To Visit During COVID-19?

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Episode #2:

“Are Ski Resorts Safe To Visit During COVID-19?”

Dr. Michael Fischman M.D. – Are Ski Resorts Safe To Visit During COVID-19? | Brought to you by Alta Ski Area

“I’m not sure that we’re ever going to get back to the old normal…” – Dr. Michael Fischman M.D.

Dr. Michael Fischman M.D., M.P.H., FACOEM is an occupational & environmental medicine physician and toxicologist. He serves as a consultant in these fields to large organizations such as Intel & Pixar. Dr. Fischman is a Clinical Professor in and Assistant Chief of the Division of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, Department of Medicine, at the University of California San Francisco. Dr. Fischman received his medical degree at the University of Michigan and his master’s degree in public health, in environmental health sciences, from the University of California, Berkeley (Go Bears!). He did his residency training in internal medicine and in occupational medicine at the University of California, San Francisco and is board-certified in both fields. Dr. Fischman is also my dad.

Dr. Fischman guides us through whether he thinks ski resorts are safe to visit this season via all the intricacies involved: chairlift riding, lift lines, masks, which masks are best, social distancing, ski lodges, and more.

Dr. Fischman answers these critical COVID questions:

  • How easily could Coronavirus spread at a ski resort?
  • Do you think that’s it’s possible that the USA experiences another shutdown this winter due to the Coronavirus?
  • How easy could Coronavirus spread on a chairlift?
  • Is it safe to wait in line for a ski lift?
  • Is it OK to enter a ski lodge?
  • How important is mask-wearing?
  • Which masks should we wear?
  • Are neck-gaiters affective masks or not?
  • Once a vaccine is here, how long will it take before we can “return to normal”?
  • Should we get the flu vaccine this year?
  • more

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The SnowBrains Podcast Episode #2 – Dr. Michael Fischman M.D. Occupation & Environmental Medicine Doctor to Intel & Pixar & more. Recorded on September 29th, 2020 in Santa Cruz, CA (Miles) and San Francisco Bay Area, CA (Dr. Fischman).

This episode was edited by Robert Wilkinson.

Music by Chad Crouch.

Host, producer, and creator = Miles Clark.

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2 thoughts on “The SnowBrains Podcast – Episode #2 – Are Ski Resorts Safe To Visit During COVID-19?

  1. Thanks Miles for putting this together. Hopefully people will take heed and we can still have a ski season. Thanks to Pops as well for informed and enlightened information that is not often researched by your average snow slider. Remind him if he would ever consider trying skiing though of Squaw’s Bryce Bennett and fellow US ski teamer Steve Nyman, both about 6’8” or so. Take him to High Camp on a sunny April day when people are skiing in shorts and t-shirts. If you would prefer I will gladly introduce him gently to your world no charge! Keep up the good work.

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