The Morristown Green Podcast: Fomites, Pangolins and Significant Others. A coronavirus update

SHOULD YOUR PET WEAR A MASK, TOO? Morristown statue of Morris Frank, co-founder of The Seeing Eye Inc., dons a mask during the pandemic. Photo by Kathleen Daley


Brianne Barker lives and breathes viruses.

Figuratively speaking, of course.

Brianne Barker, associate professor of biology at Drew University.

Between episodes of her This Week in Virology podcast, the Harvard-educated expert teaches biology and an introductory course on infectious diseases at Drew University, which sent forth the Class of ’20 this month via a Zoom commencement.

Will grads ever fling their mortarboards for real again?  Why is a coronavirus vaccine so elusive?  Is your pet a vector?  How Significant is your Other in a pandemic?

Barker unravels these mysteries, and more, as our guest on Episode Three of The Morristown Green Podcast:

She got our attention with an insightful talk in March, when COVID-19 was shutting down everything that moved. Scientists have learned some things since then.
We asked Barker:
  • How effective are masks?
  • When and where should you wear them?
  • Is six feet enough social distance?
  • Are children at greater risk than initially believed?
  • How does she handle her groceries?
  • Who does she trust for accurate COVID-19 information?
  • What’s “normal” going to look like as we emerge from our spring hibernation?

That’s just for starters. So give your mobile or laptop a thorough cleansing, get comfortable, and have a listen.  The virtual coffee is on us.


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