TWiV 705: Rocky Mountain COVID with Emily Travanty

January 10, 2021

Emily Travanty from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment joins TWiV to discuss how her laboratory was the first in the US to detect the SARS-CoV-2 variant VOC 202012/01.

Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Dickson Despommier, Alan Dove, Rich Condit, and Brianne Barker

Guest: Emily Travanty

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2 comments on “TWiV 705: Rocky Mountain COVID with Emily Travanty

  1. patti Jan 10, 2021

    About 4 weeks ago, the (exponential) deaths rate for covid19 in the US as a whole, as well as for a few other states being tracked (AZ, TX, and WA) essentially doubled.
    (The multiplicative constant in the argument of the exp() function approximately doubled.) What can cause this? Two ideas spring to mind: (1.) the more-transmissible strain of covid has been in the US longer than previously thought, or (2.) the nation’s hospitals filled up starting about a month ago (resulting in more rapid deaths rate). What are the experts’ saying about the data?
    So far the data are tracking a single-valued exponential function very closely over the last 3-5 months.

  2. Isabel Jan 12, 2021

    Dear Twivvers,
    Thank you so much for your wonderful show, to which I am now addicted!
    Here is my question:
    If someone has SARS-CoV-2 (but they don’t know it), are there risks to them being vaccinated?
    I am in line for my first vaccination and while I do not think I have the virus, my friend and I were talking about what kinds of risks might be present if I unknowingly do have it and get vaccinated. Might it confuse or overload one’s immune system?

    Thanks for your thoughts and I so appreciate your educational and humane show.
    Best wishes,