The 21st Show

Best Of: Is it possible we’ll forget about COVID-19?


Editor's Note: This segment originally aired March 2022. 

On March 20, 2020, Gov. JB Pritzker (D-Illinois) issued a statewide 'Stay-At-Home' order to limit the spread of COVID-19 in Illinois. Two years later, the pandemic has taken 37,000 lives in Illinois alone, has left most of us with painful memories, some of which we’re attempting to work through and others, we’re trying hard to forget. The nature of memory is a funny thing though. Neuroscientists in many cases say we will inevitably, over time, forget about the pandemic.

To discuss it, we were joined by a neuroscientist and a licensed clinical psychologist. 


Dr. Michelle Cutler

Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology

Dr. Scott Small

Director of the Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center at Columbia University, author of Forgetting: The Benefits of Not Remembering



Prepared for web by Reginald Hardwick and Owen Henderson

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