Lab Notes
SCANning for coronavirus
Chapters
00:00:00
Show billboard
00:00:54
"Snowpocalypse" in Seattle
00:02:10
A weather-induced social distancing study
00:04:30
A new virus emerges
00:06:34
SARS-CoV-2 arrives in the U.S.
00:08:46
SCAN
00:10:14
Giving yourself a COVID-19 test
00:13:40
What have researchers learned?
00:16:48
The future of the pandemic
Lab Notes
SCANning for coronavirus
Sep 22, 2020 Season 1 Episode 3
Allen Institute

In the winter of 2019, a series of storms dubbed “Snowpocalypse” dumped more than 20 inches of snow on the Seattle area, forcing the closure of schools and businesses. This weather-induced social-distancing caused flu cases to plummet. What researchers learned from these snowstorms helped prepare them for the coronavirus pandemic and find what, at the time, were the earliest known cases of community spread. Their work has gone on to provide invaluable data that social distancing works to slow down deadly viruses.