Antivirus: A weekly digest of the latest COVID-19 research

Test tubes with blood samples seen at the lab center.

Test tubes filled with blood samples, awaiting antibody tests in Amsterdam in July | Photo by Robin Utrecht/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

On January 8th, I asked The Verge’s science team to keep an eye on early reports of a new virus that had recently emerged in China. When I dropped an article about that new virus from The Washington Post in Slack, someone joked that 2020 was off to a strong start, clearly jinxing the entire year for the rest of humanity. Whoops.

Jokes aside, this past decade, year, six and a half months has featured a disturbing flood of terrible, horrible, no good, very bad news. More than half a year in and not only do we still not know when this will all end, we’re also seeing a tsunami of new cases in the US and record-high hospitalizations.

There’s so much we still don’t know, but we do know that this is going to keep going for a long, long time….

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Author: Mary Beth Griggs