21 Mar 2020

Dr Chris Smith: 'surface anxiety' and COVID-19 treatment trials

From Saturday Morning, 8:30 am on 21 March 2020
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Consultant clinical virologist (and Naked Scientist) Dr Chris Smith returns with the latest on what we're discovering about COVID-19 and how it's spreading. 

This week, a team of Imperial College London researchers released an influential study modelling the likely impact of various public health measures designed to slow the pandemic's spread. It seemed to prompt a rapid rethink by the US and UK governments, so where does this leave the 'herd immunity' theory now? 

Also existing antivirals and the antimalarial chloroquine are among the drugs being trialled as potential treatments: so will we be able to cure COVID-19 before we can vaccinate against it? 

And 'surface anxiety': how long can the virus really survive on plastic, paper, metal, cardboard...and on smartphones?

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