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 the latest on community transmission, the death rate from infection, current risk of infection for children compared to adults, and the current state of diagnosing this infection. We also readdress the issue of wearing a mask to prevent infection.
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 NIAID RML. This is a scanning electron microscope image of the yellow SARS-CoV-2 virus (the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19) isolated from a US patient. The virus is emerging from the surface of blue/pink cells grown in the laboratory.