DAY 56 - The COVID-19 Daily Podcast with Dave Trafford


This is DAY 56   of the COVID-19 pandemic. Here’s what you need to know on Tuesday, May 5, 2020 SKY NEWS is reporting: Researchers at Los Alamos National Laboratory in the US detected 14 mutations in the COVID-19 virus. Their research paper suggests the mutated strain of coronavirus that has become dominant across the world was first identified in Europe and is different to those which spread early on in the pandemic.   A Vancouver biotech firm says it has discovered COVID-19 antibodies. Researchers at AbCellera Biologics has identified a set of 24 human antibodies that showed high promise of being therapeutic.   Similar progress is being reported in two separate studies in Israel and the Netherlands.   We’ll talk more about the latest models and research efforts. CTV’s Senior Science Correspondent Dan Riskin will join us…coming up in the podcast.   US President Donald Trump is downplaying COVID-19 modelling projections that suggest the death toll south of the border could be higher than 130 thousand by early August.   As of Tuesday, the UK has overtaken Italy - recording highest coronavirus death toll anywhere in Europe.   Intelligence shared among the FIVE EYES, the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia and New Zealand says it is “highly unlikely” that the corona virus was accidentally released. It is highly likely it was naturally occurring and that the human infection was from natural human and animal interaction.   As we told you in yesterday’s episode, President Trump and his Secretary of State insist they have conclusive evidence that the virus was released from a state-run lab in Wuhan.   As the rhetoric over who is to blame for the coronavirus pandemic, REUTERS is reporting that an internal Chinese report warns that a rising wave of hostility in the wake of the outbreak that could tip relations with the United States into confrontation. The report, concludes that global anti-China sentiment is at its highest point since the 1989 Tiananmen Square crackdown. IF YOU HAVE A STORY ABOUT YOUR EXPERIENCE YOU WANT TO SHARE…send me an email. DAVE@DAVETRAFFORD.COM or connect with me on TWITTER @DaveTrafford.   DISCLAIMER: THE VIEWPOINTS EXPRESSED IN THIS PODCAST REPRESENT THE OPINIONS OF THE HOST AND PARTICIPANTS AS OF THE DATE OF PUBLICATION AND ARE NOT INTENDED TO BE A SUBSTITUTE FOR MEDICAL ADVICE AND BEST PRACTICES BY LEADING MEDICAL AUTHORITIES AS THE INFORMATION SURROUNDING THE CURRENT CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC IS CONSTANTLY EVOLVING.