Here's how scientists know the coronavirus came from bats and wasn't made in a lab

The evidence suggests the novel coronavirus evolved naturally.

Polly Hayes, Lecturer in Parasitology and Medical Microbiology, University of Westminster • conversation
July 13, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: covid-19 coronavirus genetic-engineering viruses virology conspiracy-theories

Compare the flu pandemic of 1918 and COVID-19 with caution – the past is not a prediction

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.

Megan Culler Freeman, Pediatric Infectious Diseases Fellow, University of Pittsburgh • conversation
June 4, 2020 ~11 min

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Coronavirus tests are pretty accurate, but far from perfect

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.

Maureen Ferran, Associate Professor of Biology, Rochester Institute of Technology • conversation
May 6, 2020 ~10 min

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In defence of viruses

While a few are killers, viruses are actually important to human health and incredibly useful in medicine.

Hugh Harris, Postdoctoral researcher in Microbiology and Bioinformatics, University College Cork • conversation
April 22, 2020 ~6 min

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Coronavirus: where do new viruses come from?

Only a tiny number of viruses are able to make the jump from animals to humans.

Naomi Forrester-Soto, Reader in Vector Biology, Keele University • conversation
April 14, 2020 ~6 min

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What the coronavirus does to your body that makes it so deadly

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.

Benjamin Neuman, Professor of Biology, Texas A&M University-Texarkana • conversation
April 2, 2020 ~8 min

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On the front lines of developing a test for the coronavirus

A virus testing lab director explains how the U.S. fell behind in the need for broad coronavirus testing.

David Pride, Associate Director of Microbiology, University of California San Diego • conversation
March 16, 2020 ~8 min

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