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In which John discusses his forthcoming trip with Bill Gates (yes, that Bill Gates), his health anxiety, the worldwide threat of mosquito-borne illnesses, health anxiety, Behind the Beautiful Forevers, the tyranny of Hollywood in re haircut frequency, and the arrival of pre-roll advertising on the vlogbrothers channel.
Good morning Hank, it's Tuesday. Today's video is coming to you in three very special parts: business, exciting announcements, and mosquito-borne illnesses.

Part one- business. So Hank, in last week's video, I asked people if we should turn on pre-roll advertisements for Vlogbrothers, and then, if so, what we should do with that revenue. Tens of thousands of people responded, Hank, and they voted overwhelmingly that we should turn on pre-rolls and that we should split the income between the Foundation to Decrease World Suck, and a fund that will help out educational video projects.

So that's what we're going to do, and Nerdfighters, we will keep you up to date on how that money is spent. By the way Hank, did you notice that I have a tan? I've been experimenting a little bit with outside, although I can't, in good faith, recommend it. Also I've got some puff because I'm in control of my own haircut schedule for the first time in six months. People in Hollywood have lots of opinions about how often you should get a haircut.

Part two- exciting announcement. Sooo I am going to East Africa with Bill Gates. I am very excited about this trip, not only because I get to hang out with Bill Gates, but also because I get to meet a lot of people who are doing important work in health and agriculture. And hopefully I'm going to learn a lot and make a bunch of videos.

But that brings me to part three- mosquito-borne illnesses. The light keeps changing; it's like a 2007 Vlogbrothers video. So Hank, as you know some of my anxiety problems center on physical health, and when my doctor was giving me the vaccines to get ready for this trip, he said "You should read the CDC web pages about the places you'll be visiting", and that was a terrible idea. Because those websites are like, "malaria mosquitoes bite mostly at night-time, while yellow fever mosquitoes bite primarily during the day, and West Nile mosquitoes bite at dawn and dusk."

And reading that stuff made me think I am going to a place where disease-ridden mosquitoes bite in shifts. So I called my doctor and I was like, "This doesn't seem safe at all", and he said, "You should read the Indiana State Department of Health webpage"! So I did, and in addition to having information about the West Nile virus, which I knew to be worried about, there was a warning about the Arbovirus virus, which I'd never even heard of. And one about Chikungunya virus which I don't even know how to pronounce. Hank, I don't want to be killed by something that I can't pronounce!

I think my doctor thought I would emerge from that experience less anxious, but quite the opposite. Anyway Hank, all of this is just to say that I've recently become, I think, the only person in the history of the world to read the entire Indiana State Department of Health website.

No, wait, I also had another point, which is that we have excellent healthcare facilities and information here in the United States. We've got great infrastructure, the power very rarely goes off in health clinics, and all that stuff helps us to deal with mosquito-borne illnesses and other communicable diseases relatively effectively. And I'm going to East Africa, Hank, to see how they've dramatically improved healthcare and reduced infant mortality in the last twenty years. And also to see how much work there still is to be done and where we can help.

I'm gonna make a bunch of videos, but they probably won't be uploaded during my trip, so in the meantime I'm going to make a video about Behind the Beautiful Forevers, the Nerdfighter Book Club pick for summer. If you haven't read it, now's the time because A) it will make next week's video more enjoyable, and B) it's excellent. It won the Pulitzer Prize, for God's sakes. But anyway yeah, I will schedule that video to upload next Tuesday so that I don't get punished. Speaking of punishments, Hank, you owe us one! Nerdfighters, I need punishment suggestions for Hank in the comments.

Hank, DFTBA, I will see you on Friday.