Covid-19

Articles, podcasts, interviews and answers to questions about SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes Covid-19, and the wider coronavirus family...

01 July 2020

And if something could move faster than light, how would we detect its speed?

30 June 2020

What ideas for a green recovery might be effective, and what are less promising?

30 June 2020

Global carbon emissions dropped by 17% at the peak of the lockdown - but are going right back up again...

30 June 2020

Listener Alice has already been infected with the coronavirus. What happens if she is exposed to it again?

30 June 2020

The NHS contact tracing app has failed to materialise. What's the delay, and why are Apple now involved?

30 June 2020

How do you cut emissions, kill the coronavirus, and rescue the economy all at the same time?

24 June 2020

Does a mirror multiply light, and is climate change down to us, or natural temperature cycles?

16 June 2020

Could members of the camel family help scientists find a Covid-19 treatment?

15 June 2020

Some of the templates used for coronavirus tests no longer match sequences of the virus itself...

13 June 2020

Antibodies to other human coronaviruses are gone within a year of infection, so what is the prospect for long-term...

12 June 2020

Also, ventilators and Covid-19, have you seen your brain, and is sunlight stronger in summer?

12 June 2020

Where are we now, six months into the COVID-19 pandemic? Two virologists discuss...

10 June 2020

The age-old but newly-relevant topic of feeling alone in the time of COVID-19...

09 June 2020

Phase 2 of the hydroxychloroquine debacle, and did Covid come out of a lab?

09 June 2020

Australian aboriginal people have used them as bush medicine - but might they help against the coronavirus?

08 June 2020

A key study covered in last week’s show has been retracted by the authors, who couldn't verify the data...

08 June 2020

It's best to go shopping when the stores are quietest. We test out an app that helps you find out...

08 June 2020

An in-depth review of the science so far suggests physical distancing, facemasks, and eye protection help...

08 June 2020

Is there any research on the antiviral properties of saponins?

06 June 2020

Well, we consider two suggestions anyway: microwaves and steam...

06 June 2020

How rapidly is Covid-19 mutating, and what do these mutations mean for the future of the pandemic?

03 June 2020

How do we know about the incidence of Covid-19? And what progress has been made towards a vaccine...

02 June 2020

Why is it so hard to make a coronavirus vaccine?