A Pandemic Chat With Nadine Burke Harris, California’s First-Ever Surgeon General

A year into the pandemic, as virus concerns slowly move to the background amid the vaccine rollout, our undiagnosed parallel pandemic of anxiety, burnout, depression, stress, and trauma will hit hard front and center (for some of us, it already has). So Vogue caught up with Dr. Nadine Burke Harris, an expert in toxic stress who in 2019 became California’s first-ever state surgeon general and, by extension, one of the most powerful public health officials in the country. She’s just what we need now: a Fauci for a post-vaccine America. We discussed the #1 antidote to stress, parenting and partner debt, exactly what to do when the world is ending, and how to feel normal in these starkly abnormal times.

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