BBC Inside Science

BBC Inside Science

BBC Radio 4

Dr Adam Rutherford and guests illuminate the mysteries and challenge the controversies behind the science that's changing our world.

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Last week, we promised we’d tackle your coronavirus and associated Covid 19 questions and you came up trumps. So this week we’re be talking about the latest from the lockdown, why there are bottlenecks in the testing system, how long the virus lives on your door handles and whether your dog can spread coronavirus. Joining us to answer your questions are Jonathan Ball, Professor of Virology at the University of Nottingham, and BBC Radio Science presenter and reporter Roland Pease. On Monday evening, Prime Minister Boris Johnson told the British people to ‘stay at home’. How stringent is the UK’s lockdown compared to other countries, and is it likely to be effective? The only real way we can know about the incidence and prevalence of the coronavirus is to test. Listener Andrew in Didcot wants to know more about testing and when antibodies appear in us. We discuss how the current testing system works, and why there are limitations on testing. One question that lots of scientists have been asking is: can people with mild or no symptoms spread the coronavirus? And so we delve into the evidence for asymptomatic spreading. Listeners Eleanor and Andy have been wondering about passing the virus from person to surface to person. Roland Pease looks into the virus’ survival on surfaces and elsewhere, and asks how that might be affecting spread. Finally, reporter Geoff Marsh tackles a quandary facing dog owners: Is it safe to walk your pet? Can dogs spread the virus? Presenter: Marnie Chesterton Producers: Fiona Roberts and Jennifer Whyntie

Previous episodes

  • 350 - Coronavirus - Lockdown efficacy; viral testing; surface survival; dog walking safety 
    Thu, 26 Mar 2020
  • 349 - TB vaccination to replace culling in badgers; Neil Shubin on the wonders of evolution 
    Thu, 19 Mar 2020
  • 348 - Biology of the new coronavirus 
    Thu, 12 Mar 2020
  • 347 - Banning lead shot for hunting; UK Fireball Network and Extremely thin gold 
    Thu, 05 Mar 2020
  • 346 - The Big Compost Experiment; Using AI to screen for new antibiotics; Science of slapstick 
    Thu, 27 Feb 2020
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