Posts published by our team from May 25- May 31:
This is the second installment in a sidebar series by Jamie, Manolya and Deanna. In this sidebar series, our authors take you through key techniques used in virology research labs across the world. This sidebar was written by Deanna and acts as an amazing summary of PCR- a critical research technique used in life science labs across disciplines.
May 27, 2020: COVID-19 Transmission: Is the Air Contaminated?
This case study at two Wuhan Hospitals and public areas nearby detected the genetic material of SARS-CoV-2 in the air. They found that negative air pressure, strict sanitization protocols, and low crowding of active cases are associated with low detection of SARS-CoV-2 genetic material. Even though the genetic material of SARS-CoV-2 is detectable in the air of crowded areas with active cases, it is still unknown whether aerosolized SARS-CoV-2 can cause infection.
May 29, 2020: How the different kinds of masks work.
Manolya takes you through the differences between N95, surgical and homemade cloth masks. She also explains how these masks work to protect against COVID-19 transmission.