The psychology of the virus ‘super-spreader’

Author(s):
Dr Raj Persaud interviews Dr Susan Campbell Bartoletti

Duration:
51 minutes

Credits:
0.5

Published:
April 2020

Type:
Podcast

CPD domain:
Academic, Clinical

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Like many infections COVID-19 can produce mild symptoms or none at all in some people, meaning they are not aware they are infected and can spread the virus without realising. COVID-19 may therefore be prone to the phenomenon of the ‘super-spreader’.

In this podcast, Dr Raj Persaud talks to Dr Susan Campbell Bartoletti about Mary Mallon, the subject of her recent book Terrible Typhoid Mary: A True Story of the Deadliest Cook in America. Mallon was a healthy carrier of typhoid fever at the turn of the 20th century who resisted public health officials’ attempts to contain her. Can the first documented ‘super-spreader’ in history reveal true causes of modern pandemics?

 

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