“I got a call from the Prime Minister of Israel who just wanted to talk about what they were doing,” Marc Lipsitch said. “That's a level of advice that I've never been asked to do before and has been really interesting.”
Michael MinaAmidst all of the COVID-craziness, I'm very glad to see one of the leading voices be recognized (even if informally) for his commitment to science, public health and, as importantly, communicating the science to the public.
Some schools hold back from reopening amid biggest rise in cases in 53 days, with authorities struggling to identify transmission routes
Jeremy FarrarChallenge lifting restrictions even with arguably world’s best Test-Isolate-Contact system in place. Virus not changed remains highly infectious, human population remains largely susceptible.Probable that lifting restrictions will lead to increase in cases
Nicola Low #StillFBPE #LeaveALightOnPlease read and act now🇨🇭 “The recent spike in infections has underlined the risks that come with relaxing social distancing rules, as countries seek to breathe life into their struggling economies” South Korea spike in new #COVID19 cases
In Washington State and Italy, the first confirmed cases were not linked to the outbreaks that followed, the analysis found. The epidemics were seeded later.
Kai KupferschmidtThis nice piece by @carlzimmer lays out very clearly how our understanding of how #SARSCoV2 spread around the world and established itself in certain places is evolving (with all the necessary caveats).
Carl ZimmerThe pandemic lets us watch science evolve. Here’s my story on reconstructing the history of #covid19 from virus genomes
Xavier DidelotA postdoctoral research fellowship in statistical genomics is available at the University of Warwick. This position is funded until April 2025 (!) and the deadline for applications is 16 June. More info at
The severe acute respiratory syndrome–coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) pandemic may have originated in bats, but how it made its way into humans is unknown. Because of its zoonotic origins, SARS-CoV-2 is unlikely to exclusively infect humans, so it would...
Eddie HolmesVery interesting new paper on animal susceptibility and transmission of SARS-CoV-2
Richard H. Ebright"SARS-CoV-2 replicates poorly in dogs, pigs, chickens, and ducks"
"ferrets and cats are permissive to infection"
"cats are susceptible to airborne transmission"
Susceptibility of ferrets, cats, dogs, and other domesticated animals to SARS-CoV-2
The testing project is proving to be a national model, because of the challenges the organizers overcame and what it showed about the spread of Covid-19.
Helen BranswellShocking/not-shocking: In a study of a SF census tract, 95% of people who tested positive for #Covid19 were Latinx. “Our community was out working, keeping the city moving & fed. Of course they were more exposed and getting sick.” @ushamcfarling reports.
Open letter to MR Mehra, SS Desai, F Ruschitzka, and AN Patel, authors of “Hydroxychloroquine or chloroquine with or without a macrolide for treatment of COVID-19: a multinational registry analysis”. Lancet. 2020 May 22:S0140-6736(20)31180-6. doi:...
This Viewpoint proposes implementing comparison groups for policy decisions, for example assessing disease transmission with alternative housing vs in-home isolation of individuals who test positive for coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), or with...
Children are strikingly underrepresented in COVID-19 case counts. In the United States, children represent 22% of the population but only 1.7% of confirmed SARS-CoV-2 cases. One possibility is that symptom-based viral testing is less likely to...
Bloom LabIn a new study, we've measured how many children visiting a Seattle hospital have serological evidence of prior infection with #SARSCoV2: medrxiv.org/content/10.110…
Why is this important and what did we find? (1/14)