In this special episode, Dr. Lena interviews Dr. Dean about the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, that originated in China and is now being reported worldwide. We discuss how the infection is transmitted, who is at risk for severe disease, how to avoid infection and more.
Note that the information provided was accurate at the time this episode was recorded, but that this is a rapidly changing situation.
This episode written by Dr. Dean Blumberg and Dr. Lena van der List.
Image from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This is an illustration of the ultrastructural morphology of coronavirus. The red spikes are on the outer surface of the virus, and give the appearance of a corona (or crown) when seen on electron microscopy. The spikes are important for attaching to receptors on the surface of respiratory tract cells at the time of infection.