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
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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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