Category: Virology

How do Coronaviruses work?

     Let’s talk about Coronaviruses. Coronaviruses are a whole family of viruses, and they cause all kinds of diseases in chickens, pigs, cows, and many other animals. They’ve also infected humans. There was the SARS coronavirus outbreak in 2002-2003, the MERS coronavirus in 2012-2014 and the newest coronavirus...

How to Make the Flu Vaccine Better

Have you ever gotten the flu vaccine but still gotten the flu? We make about 160 million vaccine doses every year in the US, but they vary in effectiveness from year to year. In this video I discuss the yearly difference, but I also talk about a bigger problem. A...

Is There Already a Zika Treatment?

Humans contract zika via mosquito or through sexual contact. While most people recover from infection, it can have some intense side-effects for pregnant women. We know that infection during pregnancy comes with an increased risk of microcephaly, where a child is born with a smaller than average head which causes brain...

Why Haven’t We Cured HIV yet?

Millions of people in the world are living with HIV. Scientists have been researching this virus for over 30 years and all we have are subpar treatments. Why is that the best we have? Why haven't we cured HIV yet?...