I’m Dr. Abdul El-Sayed. I’m a doctor and epidemiologist—but I work in public health and politics. I rebuilt Detroit’s Health Department after it was privatized during Detroit’s bankruptcy. Frustrated with the choices elected officials were making in my state, I decided to run for Governor. While I thought I was leaving the epidemiologist in me behind—some things don’t leave you. As I was running for Governor in 2018, I had the opportunity to meet folks all over my state. And I found that, no matter who I spoke with, people were complaining about the same issues. Americans don’t have healthcare. Housing is precarious. Our schools are getting privatized. The economy delivers gigs for us, while delivering profound wealth for the rich. Corporations have pierced the firewall between our economy and our politics. And profound government disinvestment’s left us without basic infrastructure and services. I wrote a book about what I found, it’s called Healing Politics: A Doctor’s Journey into the Heart of our Political Epidemic where I diagnose what I found: An Epidemic of Insecurity. And now, as we real under the impact of this COVID—19 pandemic, I realize that it’s this epidemic that has left us so vulnerable to this pandemic. Let’s talk pandemics, public health, and politics. Ask me anything.