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‘Jeopardy!’: Dr. Sanjay Gupta Checks ‘Pulse’ of America on Independence Day Amid Guest Hosting Stint

by Keeli Parkey
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When he’s not serving as a guest host on “Jeopardy!”, Dr. Sanjay Gupta goes back to his day job. He is the chief medical correspondent for CNN.

During the Fourth of July 2021 weekend, the famous physician has written an essay in which he discusses his thoughts about a patient near and dear to his heart. That patient is the United States of America. He refers to this evaluation as “time to check the pulse.”

The “Jeopardy!” guest host begins his essay looking back on the condition of his patient one year ago. As we are all aware, the country was in the midst of the global COVID-19 pandemic.

“When I looked at America’s chart on its last birthday, I wrote that the patient was not doing well at all: infection hot spots were cropping up around the country yet the patient hadn’t been following basic doctors’ orders to wear masks, socially distance and stay home as much as possible,” Dr. Gupta writes.

Unfortunately, things only got worse from that point in time. By the end of the year, Dr. Gupta says his patient was really suffering.

“By the time I wrote the next essay in early December the patient was in intensive care, in pure crisis mode with infections and deaths skyrocketing well above the spring 2020 peaks, with the worst still yet to come,” Gupta also says. “One thing is certain: a lot has changed since this time last year – but a lot has also remained the same.”

‘Jeopardy!’ Guest Host Dr. Sanjay Gupta Says America is ‘On the Road to Recovery’

“Jeopardy!” host Dr. Sanjay Gupta‘s essay isn’t all gloom and doom, though. In fact, he now looks at the United States of America as a patient that is on the mend.

“The very good news is that the patient now appears fully on the road to recovery, at least physical recovery. (The mental and emotional recovery will probably take a lot longer.),” he writes.

So, what is to thank for putting America on this “road to recovery”? According to Dr. Gupta, it’s vaccines.

“And that’s almost completely due to vaccines, a Hail Mary pass thrown at the start of the pandemic that was miraculously caught and run into the end zone right before the end of 2020 with the US Food and Drug Administration authorization of the first two candidates,” he says about his patient recovering from COVID-19.

The “Jeopardy!” guest host also says that his patient won’t fully heal if its vaccination efforts really decline. He writes that the rate at which Americans were getting vaccinated for COVID-19 has slowed in recent months. Dr. Gupta reports that on average during April three million Americans were getting vaccinated each day. That has slowed to approximately 1 million people per day.

“In other words, the patient, who still has an infection, needs to finish taking all of their medicine, even if they’re feeling better,” he writes.

Episodes of “Jeopardy!” with Dr. Sanjay Gupta as guest host will air through July 9.