Coronapod: What use are contact tracing apps? And new hopes for coronavirus drug remdesivir

The Coronapod team pick through the latest news, plus we hear from the researchers making lemonade out of lockdown lemons.


In this episode:


01:10 Can contact-tracing apps help?

Governments around the world are banking on smartphone apps to help end the spread of the coronavirus. But how effective might these apps might be? What are the risks? And how should they fit into wider public health strategies?


Editorial: Show evidence that apps for COVID-19 contact-tracing are secure and effective


13:30 Antiviral remdesivir shows promise

Early results from a US trial of the antiviral drug remdesivir suggest it shortens recovery time for patients with COVID-19. We unpick the findings.


News: Hopes rise for coronavirus drug remdesivir


16:52 One good thing

Our hosts pick out things that have made them smile in the last week, including blooming trust in scientists, cooking experiments, and a neighbourhood coming together to clap for healthcare workers.


21:34 Unexpected opportunities

We hear from three researchers making the most of lockdown, studying tiny earthquakes, building balcony-based citizen science projects, or enlisting gamers to fight the coronavirus.


Fold-it, the protein-folding computer game


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