COVID-19 research: surface safety, vaccine development, and chloroquine controversy

Thursday, 2 April 2020 - 8:30am to 9:00am
This scanning electron microscope image shows SARS-CoV-2 (round gold objects) emerging from the surface of cells cultured in the lab. SARS-CoV-2, also known as 2019-nCoV, is the virus that causes COVID-19. The virus shown was isolated from a patient in the U.S. (Credit: NIAID-RML)

In our first remotely recorded, socially distant episode, we look at some of the research on the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 and the disease COVID-19. Claire tells us about a new study into how long the virus lasts in the air and on various surfaces, Stu explains what’s involved in developing a vaccine, and Chris dives into the controversy around possible treatment with chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine, and how politics is getting ahead of the science.

Lost in Science team
Thursday 8:30am to 9:00am
Entertaining news and discussion about research that has impact on society and providing a wide range of science and technology news. Distributed nationally on the Community Radio Network.


Chris Lassig, Stuart Burns and Claire Farrugia.