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.
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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 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.
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