COVID-19 is a pneumonia-like disease that was first identified in Wuhan, China. The disease is caused by a new coronavirus, named SARS-CoV-2, that is similar to the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) virus.

Top COVID-19 Questions, Answered

An Interview with ASM President Robin Patel

Robin Patel, M.D., President of ASM, Chair of the Division of Clinical Microbiology and Director of the Infectious Diseases Laboratory at Mayo Clinic, in Rochester, Minnesota answers pressing questions about the COVID-19 pandemic.

COVID-19 on This Week in Microbiology (TWiM)

June 6, 2020

The TWiM team explains how breathing can transmit SARS-CoV-2, and how lack of breathing leads to loss of mitochondria in a multicellular parasitic animal.

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ASM Leadership Speaks to the Media

PBS: This antibody test could offer a clearer picture of how the body responds to COVID-19 ASM President Dr. Robin Patel discusses how serology testing can deepen our understanding of who is getting sick.

Medium: The Fascinating Antibody Experiment Happening in One Colorado County “We don’t have a good handle on how many individuals are actually infected with this virus,” says Robin Patel, MD, president of the American Society of Microbiology.

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Pitt COVID-19 vaccine effort with partners in France, Austria seeks win for all of us ASM member Dr. Paul Duprex speaks about vaccine development partnership.


COVID-19 Infographics

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COVID-19 Pandemic Timeline

Timeline of the COVID-19 pandemic, from the first alert to the World Health Organization, to 100,000+ global deaths.
Source: American Society for Microbiology

Comparison of COVID-19 Molecular and Antibody Tests

Comparison of SARS-CoV-2/COVID-19 test types and techniques.
Source: American Society for Microbiology

Vaccine Candidates Based on SARS-CoV-2

Graphical representation of a SARS-CoV-2 viral particle and the 4 types of vaccine candidates in clinical trials as of May 2020.
Source: American Society for Microbiology

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