How Science Beat The Virus

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The Atlantic
Thousands of researchers dropped whatever intellectual puzzles had previously consumed their curiosity and began working on the COVID-19 pandemic instead. In mere months, science became thoroughly COVID-ized. Included in this effort is Dr. Michael D. L. Johnson, BIO5 member and Immunobiology assistant professor with the UArizona College of Medicine-Tucson, who normally studies copper’s toxic effects on bacteria. But when he learned that SARS CoV 2 persists for less time on copper surfaces than on other materials, he partially pivoted to see how the virus might be vulnerable to the metal. No other disease has been scrutinized so intensely, by so much combined intellect, in so brief a time.