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.
Meeting COVID-19 International Summit
Amidst pandemic spread of the novel SARS-CoV-2 virus, a distinguished group of microbiologists - expert virologists, infectious disease specialists, epidemiologists and clinical laboratory scientists - gathered via video conference to discuss one of the most pressing global threats of our time.
Shaping the U.S. Response
Leading on Diagnostics & Testing
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Top COVID-19 Questions, Answered
COVID-19 on This Week in Virology (TWiV)
July 17, 2020
Dr. Anthony Fauci joins TWiV to discuss SARS-CoV-2.
Source: Johns Hopkins University Center for Systems Science and Engineering
ASM Leadership Speaks to the Media
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.
PBS: This antibody test could offer a clearer picture of how the body responds to COVID-19 ASM President Dr. Robin Patel discusses how serology testing can deepen our understanding of who is getting sick.
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.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Pitt COVID-19 vaccine effort with partners in France, Austria seeks win for all of us ASM member Dr. Paul Duprex speaks about vaccine development partnership.
Resources for You
COVID-19 Pandemic Timeline
Comparison of COVID-19 Molecular and Antibody Tests