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ASM’s registry includes top-ranked, COVID-19 research articles curated by experts, and serves as a resource for scientists working together to accelerate scientific research on SARS-CoV-2.

ASM has developed step-by-step procedures to help labs develop efficient and effective verification protocols for serologic assays that have received EUAs from the FDA.

ASM has developed step-by-step verification procedures to help labs develop efficient and effective verification protocols for diagnostic assays to detect SARS-CoV-2 RNA.

Amidst pandemic spread of the novel SARS-CoV-2 virus, a distinguished group of microbiologists – expert virologists, infectious disease specialists, epidemiologists and clinical laboratory scientists – gathered via video conference to discuss one of the most pressing global threats of our time.

Back in March, Robin Patel, M.D., President of ASM, Chair of the Division of Clinical Microbiology and Director of the Infectious Diseases Laboratory at Mayo Clinic, answered top COVID-19 questions ( A lot has changed since then, so here, Dr. Patel answers additional questions. 

COVID-19 on This Week in Virology (TWiV)

July 17, 2020

Dr. Anthony Fauci joins TWiV to discuss SARS-CoV-2.

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The Washington Post:Rancor Between Scientists and Trump Allies Threatens Pandemic Response as Cases Surge “We object to any attempt to cast doubt on science and sow mistrust for public health expertise, and to spread misinformation during this challenging time for all Americans,” reads a letter sent to Vice President Pence from ASM and nearly 90 public health and laboratory organizations.
The New York Times:Opinion: We Need a New Kind of National Guard.ASM CEO Dr. Stefano Bertuzzi and Past President Dr. Robin Patel penned an op-ed calling for a national guard that mobilizes microbiologists.
STAT:Safer Reopening Will Require Millions More Covid-19 Tests per Day. One Solution: ‘Pool Testing’ “Pooling would give us the capacity to go from a half a million tests a day to potentially 5 million individuals tested per day,” Deborah Birx, who is helping lead the White House’s coronavirus response, said at the  American Society for Microbiology’s virtual conference.

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.

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ASM is committed to broadly disseminating research relevant to public health emergencies. This collection highlights all COVID-19/SARS-CoV-2 research published across ASM Journals.

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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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