TWiV 584: Year of the coronavirus

January 26, 2020

Coronavirus expert Ralph Baric joins TWiV to explain the virology and epidemiology of the recent zoonotic outbreak spreading across China and overseas.


Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Dickson Despommier, Alan Dove, Rich Condit, Kathy Spindler

Guest: Ralph Baric

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8 comments on “TWiV 584: Year of the coronavirus

  1. Norman McIlwain Jan 27, 2020

    Great to hear you guys talking about microbiology and current concerns in such a relaxed, frank and informative discussion. That’s all that most laypeople want to hear, I believe. – Just open, honest facts, without hyperbole or evasion.

    This is something so lacking in today’s media that people are forced to ‘Google’ for true expert perspectives on virtually everything of importance. So, many thanks to you and your guest for the day: Ralph Baric.

    One comment I might add: Having once lived in China for about seven years, I’m sure you are right about the cultural nature of these live food markets and the need to mitigate – rather than ban this age-old practice. Hopefully, the younger generations in China and elsewhere will be more receptive to the educational health-warnings about the dangers involved and the need to change from potentially harmful habits. Programmes of education should also be on the menu!

    Warmest regards,

    Norman McIlwain
    (South Wales, UK)

    • Corrado Jan 27, 2020

      Thanks indeed, great info and welcome any more you can provide?
      Best regards

    • Kakhangchung Panmei Feb 2, 2020

      Thank you for this podcast. I love TWIV. Alot of great information here. Keep up the great work.

  2. Jim Walker RN Jan 28, 2020

    Very informative
    Your guest was excellent


    Now two more updated papers on corona virus has been released one in relation to bats and the other one is in relation to precautions.

  4. Very good show. Just some anecdotal observations and a question. My late twenties daughter got sick and went to urgent care twice. Tested negative for the flu. Diagnoses a cold/ sinus infection. Symptoms similar to Covid: Aches, fever (up to 103), lots of coughing & things did not taste right. My wife in 60’s then got it and similar symptoms. Sicker than I normally have seen. Could not talk without coughing and had no voice. Again told was cold and given Azithromycin and Salmeterol inhaler. I have only had sniffles but hard to tell from allergies this time of year. I also use CPAP machine. Did this help?
    Also I have an extra older machine I use when traveling. Would these be of use?