David Ropeik: How Risky Is It, Really? | Real Time with Bill Maher (HBO)

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Published on March 14, 2020

“How Risky Is It, Really” author David Ropeik joins Bill to discuss human behavior in response to threats both real and perceived.

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  • Terrible - One 2 years ago

    It DOES spread through the air. That throws this guys entire nonchalant attitude out the window.
    It’s also contagious for days/weeks before you show any hint of symptoms.

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  • süße früchte 2 years ago

    this guy gives my OCD a seizure

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  • George Holloway 2 years ago

    Doesn’t it spread through aerosols in the air?

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  • Old Crow 2 years ago

    Good reminder. Definitely worse things coming. Plan and make progress. Hopefully…

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  • menachem dorfman 2 years ago

    This guy’s a moron.

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  • HMQ 2 years ago

    (The Hill, March 11)

    Federally funded tests conducted by scientists from several major institutions indicated that the novel form of coronavirus behind a worldwide outbreak can survive in the air for several hours.

    A study awaiting peer review from scientists at Princeton University, the University of California-Los Angeles and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) posted online Wednesday indicated that the COVID-19 virus could remain viable in the air “up to 3 hours post aerosolization,” while remaining alive on plastic and other surfaces for up to three days.

    “Our results indicate that aerosol and fomite transmission of HCoV-19 is plausible, as the virus can remain viable in aerosols for multiple hours and on surfaces up to days,” reads the study’s abstract.

    The test results suggest that humans could be infected by the disease simply carried through the air or on a solid surface, even if direct contact with an infected person does not occur. That finding, if accepted, would come in stark contrast to previous media reports that suggested the virus was not easily transmittable outside of direct human contact.

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  • Tee Dee 2 years ago

    So. Prolly better to listen to an actual fucking doctor instead of this loon.

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  • Gabe Shakour 2 years ago

    It’s irresponsible for Bill to have this guy on at a time like this. I get he’s trying to stop people from panicking but personal risk is not really applicable during a pandemic that hinges on herd immunity.

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  • moose boy 2 years ago

    If trump got sick and actually died from this virus, I would believe it’s a lie…everything about trump is a lie.

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  • J Davis 2 years ago

    It is communicable to some degree through the air. I think he is oversimplifying it as well. It is less buoyant than air and does sink. The most dangerous thing about the virus is that it can get on surfaces and survive for a long time. It helps to wash your hands, but you also need to wash everything you regularly touch, like the Steering Wheel on your car, the door to your house, bathroom, and room, and the handles on all of your sink faucets, and your keyboard, mouse, and phone. You could get it on something, wash your hands, then go back and touch something you had touched BEFORE washing your hands… You should do some spring cleaning around the house and try to keep things clean until the “quarantine” ends.

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  • Mike LeBlanc 2 years ago

    If these two team up with Pelosi….we should all be fine.

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  • Lisa S From Ohio 2 years ago

    BAD MISINFORMATION. IT DOES TRANSMIT THROUGH THE AIR. What a disservice to the viewers. Hopefully they are already informed enough to know he is wrong!

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  • tweekbomb 2 years ago

    The virus is spread through the air. The douchebag has no clue what he is talking about! Clown.

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  • Michael Sanford 2 years ago

    I think I’ll listen to the scientists not this journalist. Watch Joe Rogan interview Michael Osterholm.

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  • tiger tail 2 years ago

    Take your 3 favorite stocks… Invest right now…and you will be happy with your choice 18 months from now. Cheap buy-in

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  • jerry y 2 years ago

    Buying toliet paper is panicing five minutes earlier buying toilet paper is silly but not panicing

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  • The Green Queen 2 years ago

    What we need at a time like this is a calm, informed expert who communicates clearly. Wrong guest, Bill!

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  • Frances Bridges 2 years ago

    I love you, Bill. That being said, I call BULLSHIT. Sorry, not sorry.

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  • Sheik Yo Booty 2 years ago

    DUMBEST FKIN PRESIDENT EVER

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  • Printez Stroman 2 years ago

    https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/transmission.html

    TL:DR It’s not airborne.

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  • Paul Stewart 2 years ago

    Yeah, this has aged well…a whole 3 weeks later

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  • Toria Rose 2 years ago

    Aaaaand now we know it’s in the air … for like 3 hours.

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  • Rodolfo Netto 2 years ago

    Excellent. I think by march 13 he should be more on top of things, though. Look for how Taiwan’s President dealt with the virus – fits more the CDC and WHO than what politicians did. BTW, don’t misunderstand his last points – I think he should’ve more time to explain them: when he told about the comparison between the Ful and Corona, he made clear they were not the same thing.

    One point about religion: Christian Fundamentalists in the US are not representative of religious people in the US and much less of those outside your borders. So, if not panicking is good for the immune system, why dismiss praying just because it’s religious? In Brazil and elsewhere it’s those who pray who often don mind putting their lives at risk to save others and not because the think they’ll magically survive anything but because they understand how important it is to care for others. And if praying helps your immune system, don’t be afraid to do it – don’t let people bullying into not doing it.

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  • Wire Trap 2 years ago

    A virus that moves as fast as the news cycle. Jesus h

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  • Stephen Henderson 2 years ago

    I had forgot about this. I remember watching about the first minute back when it was released and thinking it was craaaaazy and then quit in exasperation. It looks way worse now.

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  • Bradford Hart 2 years ago

    I’m provirus, we could totally lose 2% of people on this planet. consider this nature’s way of dealing with climate change because we’re not doing it 😆

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  • Norman Herrington 2 years ago

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  • Donald Storm 2 years ago

    Thanks Bill and thanks for bringing up the AIDS thing. I’m just lucky I found my significant other just before this pandemic called AIDS went around yeah people were absolutely ridiculous they acted like fools and that’s the only way to describe it complete utter fools.

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  • Dawn-Marie Langlois 2 years ago

    This doctor is DANGEROUSLY WRONG, like Trump how many have died SINCE this broadcasting

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  • Vans Park 2 years ago

    Sad…😔

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  • Pete Myers 2 years ago

    I’ve been forced to follow Ropeik’s efforts for decades. He was wrong when he worked for John Graham at the Harvard Center for Risk Assessment (despite the name, a part of the machinery created to sow doubt about real science that raised questions about chemical safety). He continues to be wrong. Thankfully, the Coronavirus and the course of the pandemic so quickly refuted Ropeik’s nonsense that even Bill Maher (who usually gets stuff like this right) must be regretting his decision to give Ropeik air time.

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  • Jesse Custer 2 years ago

    Ummm This guy is FUCKING STUPID !!!

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  • Jesse Custer 2 years ago

    We NEED NATIONAL TESTING PROGRAM!!! or people will CONTINUE TO DIE NEEDLESSLY FOR A YEAR AND A HALF!! Trump is a MASS MURDERER.. racking up OVER a 1000 DEATHS A DAY!!! This is the PERFECT TIME TO PANIC UNTIL THEY FUCKING GET TESTING FOR THE ENTIRE COUNTRY ON THE REGULAR UNDERWAY!!!! You NEED to apologize for having this MORON on.

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  • Rudra Pratap Singh 2 years ago

    People, you need to stop with the post facto sermonizing and holier than thou attitude.

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  • shadyzz954 1 year ago

    This guy is the fucking IMBECILE who ran up out of protest and drank Pasteurs “bacteria water” and then later died, not having believed that germs cause disease.

    FUCKING MORON.

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  • Fact check 101 Jones 1 year ago

    Bill Maher a former coke junkie & woman abuser . Your opinion really counts…… phony pandering hypocrite

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  • Dollis Scheele 1 year ago

    We were told it was not air borne now we know it is air born and can linger for hours.

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  • Big Nuggy 1 year ago

    Ropeik is neither an epidemiologist nor virologist. His assertion that it doesn’t exist in the air, only on surfaces, is complete nonsense, virus laden aerosols are a known thing.

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  • Robert King 1 year ago

    Psychologist. Nuff said.

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  • Debbi Andrews 1 year ago

    Wow is this guy a dumbass. He teaches AT HARVARD?? They must have lowered their standards. Go lisp somewhere else, David Ropeik. And there’s been SO MANY ALMOST SCHOOL SHOOTINGS (stopped before it could happen) that don’t even make the news. I think there were at least 4 in Illinois this year. And what credible “expert” compares to a fictional ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE? 🙄🙄🙄

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