COVID-19 is a pneumonia-like disease that was first identified in Wuhan, China. The disease is caused by a new coronavirus, named SARS-CoV-2, that is similar to the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) virus.

Top COVID-19 Questions, Answered

Updated July 13, 2020

Back in March, Robin Patel, M.D., President of ASM, Chair of the Division of Clinical Microbiology and Director of the Infectious Diseases Laboratory at Mayo Clinic, answered top COVID-19 questions (https://youtu.be/MV55IHziLNI). A lot has changed since then, so here, Dr. Patel answers additional questions.
 

COVID-19 on This Week in Virology (TWiV)

July 17, 2020

Dr. Anthony Fauci joins TWiV to discuss SARS-CoV-2.

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Source: Johns Hopkins University Center for Systems Science and Engineering

ASM Leadership Speaks to the Media

Bloomberg: U.S. Medical Supply Shortage Plaguing More Than Just Tests for Covid-19 What’s running low can change as often as daily, adding to the strain of managing supplies, said Robin Patel, past president of the American Society for Microbiology.

The Washington Post: Rancor Between Scientists and Trump Allies Threatens Pandemic Response as Cases Surge “We object to any attempt to cast doubt on science and sow mistrust for public health expertise, and to spread misinformation during this challenging time for all Americans,” reads a letter sent to Vice President Pence from ASM and nearly 90 public health and laboratory organizations.
 
The New York Times: Opinion: We Need a New Kind of National Guard. ASM CEO Dr. Stefano Bertuzzi and Past President Dr. Robin Patel penned an op-ed calling for a national guard that mobilizes microbiologists.
 
STAT: Safer Reopening Will Require Millions More Covid-19 Tests per Day. One Solution: ‘Pool Testing’ “Pooling would give us the capacity to go from a half a million tests a day to potentially 5 million individuals tested per day,” Deborah Birx, who is helping lead the White House’s coronavirus response, said at the  American Society for Microbiology’s virtual conference.

Medium: The Fascinating Antibody Experiment Happening in One Colorado County “We don’t have a good handle on how many individuals are actually infected with this virus,” says Robin Patel, MD, president of the American Society of Microbiology.

 

COVID-19 Infographics

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COVID-19 Pandemic Timeline

Timeline of the COVID-19 pandemic, from the first alert to the World Health Organization, to 100,000+ global deaths.
Timeline of the COVID-19 pandemic, from the first alert to the World Health Organization, to 100,000+ global deaths.
Source: American Society for Microbiology

Comparison of COVID-19 Molecular and Antibody Tests

Comparison of SARS-CoV-2/COVID-19 test types and techniques.
Comparison of SARS-CoV-2/COVID-19 test types and techniques.
Source: American Society for Microbiology

Vaccine Candidates Based on SARS-CoV-2

Graphical representation of a SARS-CoV-2 viral particle and the 4 types of vaccine candidates in clinical trials as of May 2020.
Graphical representation of a SARS-CoV-2 viral particle and the 4 types of vaccine candidates in clinical trials as of May 2020.
Source: American Society for Microbiology

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