Expert Showcases Similarities & Differences between the COVID-19 and HIV Health Crises

By Johanna Arias |

On the latest episode of Policy Chats, Government Relations and Public Policy Advisor Greg Rodriguez talks with a student from the UC Riverside School of Public Policy about the similarities and differences between the HIV and COVID-19 public health crises.


“I think it is human nature when we're faced with fear or crisis, we're looking to figure out where it came from, who caused it...however, I think it was escalated in the COVID case.” said Greg Rodriguez on the severity and magnitude of the COVID-19 global pandemic.

This episode also covers the topic of misinformation and anti-science sentiment. “Social media has played a huge role...when it's spread over and over again, it, unfortunately, becomes a part of people's dialogue.” said Greg Rodriguez.

Listen to this episode here.


Launched in 2020, the UCR School of Public Policy podcast series explores current public policy issues with guests from throughout the policy world. Episodes are accessible via Spotify, Apple Podcasts, and Anchor. More information is also available through the UCR School of Public Policy podcast page.

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