As the Covid19 pandemic progresses, we learn more and more about SARS-CoV-2, the coronavirus that causes Covid19.
Here is a collection of links to useful websites that explain what the virus looks like, how it works, how to test for it, what treatments and vaccines are being developed, and more.
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What does the coronavirus look like and how does it work?
Article featuring beautiful images of the new coronavirus taken using electron microscopes in Australia. (ABC News, 28 April 2020)
Article explaining 'the inner workings of the pathogen that has infected the world'. (Scientific American, July 2020)
Article summarising what we know so far about the basic properties of the virus and how it interacts with the body. (eLife, updated regularly)
Article about how scientists are figuring out what the coronavirus proteins look like and how they work. (C&EN, 2 May 2020)
Article that lists all the proteins that makes up the coronavirus and describes what each protein looks like and does. (The New York Times, 3 April 2020)
Article about how a medical illustrator at the CDC helped to create the iconic representation of the novel coronavirus. (The New York Times, 1 April, 2020)
Article about how different artists have decided to make pictures of the coronavirus based on scientific information and artistic licence. (The Paris Review, 18 May 2020)
Article about experiments that show that the COVID-19 illness affects not just the lungs but many different organs and cell types. (The Scientist, 29 April 2020)
Testing for Coronavirus
Check out our explanation of how the coronavirus test in New Zealand works.
Video about coronavirus tests. (The Guardian, 20 April 2020)
Article about how international teams quickly made tests for the SARS-CoV-2 virus available at the beginning of the outbreak. (Nature Biotechnology, 19 February 2020)
List of all SARS-CoV-2 tests commercially available or in development for the diagnosis of COVID-19 (Foundation for Innovative New Diagnostics, updated regularly)
Article that describes the test for coronavirus and the materials needed for the test. (Quartz, March 26, 2020)
Article about a new test for coronavirus that uses the gene editing technology CRISPR-Cas. (Nature, 8 May 2020)
You can also watch this video to understand how it works, or read about the details in this Nature journal paper or this protocol.
Article about how antibodies work, and whether tests for antibodies against coronavirus are useful. (The Verge, 7 May 2020)
Genetics of the Coronavirus
Website that collects genome sequences of SARS-CoV-2 viruses from around the world, tracks the mutations that arise, and shows in pictures the evolutionary relationships of different strains as the pandemic continues. (Nextstrain, updated regularly)
Article describing the stories of how different strains of the coronavirus travelled to New Zealand. (Newsroom, 8 May 2020)
Article looking at the evidence behind claims that different strains of the new coronavirus exist and are more dangerous. (The Atlantic, 6 May 2020)
Website that lets researchers share SARS-CoV-2-related data, including virus sequences, virus protein structures, which types of cells the virus infects, and what these cells do when they are infected. (EMBL-EBI, updated regularly)
Possible coronavirus treatments and vaccines
Website that lists all vaccines and therapeutic drugs being developed for COVID-19 (SARS-CoV-2). (BioRender, updated regularly)
A scientific paper describing how scientists isolated antibodies from a llama immunised with coronavirus spikes and used them to neutralise coronaviruses. (Cell, 5 May 2020)
Other cool coronavirus stuff
Animations to help teach the community about the virus and what we need to do to stop infections, created by Toby Morris and Siouxsie Wiles. (The Spinoff, 19 May 2020)
Special, free issue on coronavirus including:
How china's 'Bat Woman' hunted down viruses from SARS to the new coronavirus,
Three ways to make coronavirus drugs in a hurry,
Genetic engineering could make a COVID-19 vaccine in months rather than years,
How the COVID-19 pandemic could end. (Scientific American, June 2020)
Resources and 3D structures of COVID-19 proteins including posters, videos, and colouring in activities. (PDB-101, updated occasionally)
Website linking to the latest news and research highlights on the novel coronavirus and COVID-19. (Nature, updated regularly)
Website providing evidence and facts about the virus, the disease, the epidemic, and its control. (UKRI, updated regularly)