‘The Maine Question’ podcast looks at why viruses go viral

The latest episode of “The Maine Question” asks, why do viruses go viral?

The novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19 has led to a pandemic that swept the globe, halted economies and upended life as we know it.

In the seventh episode of the second season, host Ron Lisnet talks with Melissa Maginnis, an assistant professor of microbiology at the University of Maine, about how and why infections like this occur. How do viruses work? How and why do they go viral? What is the best way to stop their spread and how might scientists learn from this ordeal?

Find the podcast on iTunes, Google Play, SoundCloud, Stitcher, Spotify and “The Maine Question” website. New episodes will be added Thursdays this season. For more information and to suggest podcast topics, email mainequestion@maine.edu.