In this episode of Causes or Cures, Dr. Eeks chats with Dr. Rachel Stein about the Amish community and the COVID-19 pandemic. Dr. Stein is an Associate professor of Sociology and Anthropology at West Virginia University. Her research focuses mostly on community building and health in Old Order Amish Communities. You can learn more about her here.
She will discuss how she became interested in studying the Amish, specifics about the Amish community (their values and way of life), how the Amish responded to the pandemic and any risk-reduction strategies they used. She will discuss their excess death rate during the pandemic, their views on preventive medicine and vaccination in general, and then their views specifically on the COVID-19 vaccine. She will talk about where and how the Amish obtain health information compared to mainstream society and any issues with what people call "misinformation." Finally, she'll discuss their lifespan and specific attributes the Amish community values that might give them a health advantage over mainstream society.
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