SARS coronavirus 2: feeling acronumb

COVID-19 is 2019’s unwanted legacy. Its trail of destruction has left governments and their public health machinery with a horde of acronyms. The most notorious of these are SARS-CoV-2 and its disease manifestation, COVID-19.

Presymptomatic COVID-19

The prodigious transmissibility of the emerging coronavirus we now call SARS-CoV-2 has raised questions about the period leading up to symptomatic infection. If a presymptomatic stage of COVID-19 is common, it could contribute to spread of the virus and explain its high transmissibility.  This is important for how the infection should be diagnosed and controlled.

COVID-19: the vitamin D debate

There is growing interest in vitamin D supplements as a low risk intervention for COVID-19. Here some of the recent debate has been captured to help you make up your own mind.

COVID-19 and SARS-CoV-2 viral load

There has been discussion recently about viral load, transmission and pathogenesis of COVID-19. Until the infectious dose of the SARS-CoV-2 virus has been worked out, understanding of the contribution of viral load to disease dynamics will be speculative.

A COVID-19 READER

The biomedical science behind the emergence, spread, impact and management of COVID-19, using an emerging infectious disease framework as a lens to examine the disease and its attributes.