Blogs on the topic of SARS-CoV-2 and COVID-19

  • Coronastream

    A special blog series, about medical microbiologists led by Dr Tim Inglis summarising some of the research that will be essential to inform COVID-19 countermeasures.

  • Life after a pandemic: What we can learn from the Spanish flu?

    As much as SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19), and the Spanish influenza pandemic of 1918 are very different, the societal reactions during both pandemics are similar, as we explore in this blog.

  • Covid-19 testing in the UK Lighthouse Labs

    In this blog, having just finished 7 weeks at the Milton Keynes Lighthouse Lab, PhD student Ellie Boardman reflects on what it was like.

  • Discrimination as a virus

    Professor Iyiola Solanke outlines how there are currently two viruses causing death and destroying lives around the world: one is coronavirus, the other is discrimination

  • Answering questions about COVID-19

    Dr Lucy Thorne, Research Fellow at University College London (UCL) has produced a helpful FAQ’s list to support those who want to better understand some of the terms used by politicians and in the media, what SARS-CoV-2 is, and the measures being developed to control the pandemic.

  • COVID-19 testing in the Milton Keynes Lighthouse Laboratory

    Connor Hayward, PhD student at the University of Leeds, signed up to assist with testing efforts for COVID-19 in one of three Lighthouse Laboratories. In this blog he tells us more about his experience.

  • Working with government during a public health crisis

    During the COVID-19 pandemic, politicians are looking to experts from the scientific community to inform the government’s response to control the spread of the virus. In this blog, past President of the Microbiology Society Professor Sir T. Hugh Pennington discusses his experience as Chairman of a number of Public Enquiries into outbreaks of Escherichia coli O157 in the UK.

  • In pictures: The first images of a coronavirus

    Today, the word ‘coronavirus’ has become a part of everyone’s daily vocabulary. It’s difficult to believe that 60 years ago the very existence of these viruses was disputed by experts, with the first images of coronavirus written off as badly imaged influenza. Now, as the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 continues to change the world as we know it, the history of coronaviruses is being revisited.

  • Developing a COVID-19 educational app

    In June 2020, Glasgow-based serious game studio Game Doctor was awarded a £50,000 grant from Innovate UK to develop a casual mobile game to educate young people on coronavirus. Here, Game Doctor founder and CEO Dr Carla Brown discusses the project and invites the microbiology community to test the game.

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