This Week in Virology

TWiV is a weekly netcast about viruses - the kind that make you sick. Brought to you by four university professors and a science writer.


episode 647: Testing is our way out of this crisis

In this mid-week TWiV, children under 10 do transmit SARS-CoV-2, why hydroxychloroquine does not work for treating COVID-19, scale-up of diagnostic testing, explanation of LAMP testing, and listener questions.

Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Rich Condit, and Kathy Spindler

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Links for this episode

  • Children do transmit infection (Emerg Inf Dis)
  • NIH RADx initiative (NEJM)
  • Rockefeller Foundation testing plan
  • HCQ observational study (Int J Inf Dis)
  • Can't kill HCQ (Science Based Medicine)
  • HCQ does not inhibit SARS-CoV-2 in human lung cells (Nature)
  • HCQ does not inhibit SARS-CoV-2 in nonhuman primates (Nature)
  • Shut-down to stop SARS-CoV-2 (WaPo)
  • Racine firefighters doing LAMP (Wired)
  • LAMP (video, webinar, paper 1, paper 2)
  • Letter drafts for $1 testing
  • Letters read on TWiV 647
  • Timestamps by Jolene. Thanks!
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LIstener Pick

Christiane - ZSK - Ich habe Besseres zu tun (Official Video) Drosten
Jon - The Logic of Doomsday

Intro music is by Ronald Jenkees

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 2020-07-30  1h54m