The evidence suggests the novel coronavirus evolved naturally.
July 13, 2020 • ~8 min
Tags: covid-19 coronavirus genetic-engineering viruses virology conspiracy-theories
Differences in the viruses' biology and societal contexts mean there's no guarantee today's pandemic will mirror the 'waves' of infection a century ago.
June 4, 2020 • ~11 min
Tags: influenza history-of-medicine covid-19 pandemic sars-cov-2 1918-flu-pandemic h1n1-influenza virology second-wave
Expanding coronavirus testing is one of the most important tasks public health officials are tackling right now. But questions over accuracy of the two main types of tests have rightly caused concern.
May 6, 2020 • ~10 min
Tags: covid-19 coronavirus antibodies immunity testing anthony-fauci virology blood-test false-positive rt-pcr swab-test
While a few are killers, viruses are actually important to human health and incredibly useful in medicine.
April 22, 2020 • ~6 min
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The new coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2, spreads faster than the H1N1 influenza virus and is much deadlier. SARS-CoV-2 is particularly skilled at keeping cells from calling out for help.
April 2, 2020 • ~8 min
Tags: influenza infectious-diseases epidemiology covid-19 coronavirus immune-system pandemic blood-pressure vaccines sars-cov-2 viruses new-coronavirus mers-cov virology
A virus testing lab director explains how the U.S. fell behind in the need for broad coronavirus testing.
March 16, 2020 • ~8 min
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