This Week in Virology

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episode 673: Wake up and smell the pandemic

Daniel Griffin provides a clinical report on COVID-19, we debunk the Great Barrington Declaration, and discuss smell and taste changes as early indicators of the pandemic, vascular disease and thrombosis in SARS-CoV-2 infected humans and rhesus macaques, and the ability of the swine pathogen SADS-CoV to infect human respiratory tract cells.

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Links for this episode
  • Daniel’s COVID-19 testing strategy calculator (and medRxiv preprint)
  • US COVID-19 mortality rates (JAMA)
  • Final remdesivir report (NEJM)
  • Hydroxychloroquine for COVID-19 (NEJM)
  • Tech position with Dr. Rosenfeld
  • Biological safety officer position at CUMC
  • Support MicrobeTV at Parasites Without Borders
  • Smell and taste changes as early pandemic indicators (Nat Comm)
  • Vascular disease and thrombosis in SARS-CoV-2 infected macaques (Cell)
  • SADS-CoV can infect human airway cells (PNAS)
  • Letters read on TWiV 673
  • Timestamps by Jolene. Thanks!
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Dickson – The Age of Nature
Brianne – Virologist, Immunologist, Science Communicator pins and Virus Earrings
Alan – Sharks, Squalene, and a SARS-CoV-2 Vaccine
Rich – 6th Annual Science Mill Benefit
Vincent – The Evolution of Infectious Disease by Paul Ewald

Intro music is by Ronald Jenkees

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 2020-10-18  2h40m