This Week in Virology

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episode 669: All the wrong COVID-19 moves

Daniel Griffin provides a clinical report on COVID-19, including a discussion of the role of vitamin D in COVID-19, Michael and Christopher explain why we have made all the wrong moves during the pandemic, evidence that the D614G amino acid change improves transmission in hamsters, and listener questions.

Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Dickson Despommier, Rich Condit, and Brianne Barker

Guests: Daniel Griffin, Michael B. Yaffe, and Christopher D. Barrett

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Links for this episode

  • Regeneron CoV-2 mAb cocktail results (Regeneron)
  • Vitamin D and COVID-19 (Lancet Diabet Endocrin)
  • J&S Ad26 SARS-CoV-2 vaccine phase 1/2a results (medRxiv)
  • All the wrong moves (Science Signaling)
  • Trump main drive of CoV misinformation (NYTimes)
  • Surgisphere scandal (The Scientist)
  • SARS-CoV-2 D614G earlier transmission in vivo (bioRxiv)
  • Das Coronavirus bullet points
  • Letters read on TWiV
  • Timestamps by Jolene. Thanks!
Weekly Science Picks

Dickson - Why we should all wear masks
Brianne - Milestones in Vaccines
Rich - Wallpaper/fabric designs by David Goodsell
Vincent - Das Coronavirus bullet points and a new t-shirt

Listener Pick

Justin - COVID Alert NY App | Department of Health

Intro music is by Ronald Jenkees

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 2020-10-04  3h0m