DiscoverScience Magazine PodcastWhy COVID-19 poses a special risk during pregnancy, and how hair can split steel
Why COVID-19 poses a special risk during pregnancy, and how hair can split steel

Why COVID-19 poses a special risk during pregnancy, and how hair can split steel

Update: 2020-08-06
Share

Description

Staff Writer Meredith Wadman joins host Sarah Crespi to discuss the risk of the novel coronavirus infection to pregnant women. Early data suggest expectant women are more likely to get severe forms of the infection and require hospitalization. Meredith describes how the biology of pregnancy—such as changes to the maternal immune system and added stress on the heart and lungs—might explain the harsher effects of the virus.

Also this week, Sarah talks with Gianluca Roscioli about his experiments with commercial razor blades and real human hair. By using a scanning electron microscope, he was able to show how something relatively soft like hair is able to damage something 50 times harder like stainless steel.

This week’s episode was produced with help from Podigy.

Listen to previous podcasts.

About the Science Podcast

Download a transcript (PDF).

[Image: G. Roscioli et al., Science; Music: Jeffrey Cook]
Comments 
In Channel
loading
Download from Google Play
Download from App Store
00:00
00:00
x

0.5x

0.8x

1.0x

1.25x

1.5x

2.0x

3.0x

Sleep Timer

Off

End of Episode

5 Minutes

10 Minutes

15 Minutes

30 Minutes

45 Minutes

60 Minutes

120 Minutes

Why COVID-19 poses a special risk during pregnancy, and how hair can split steel

Why COVID-19 poses a special risk during pregnancy, and how hair can split steel

Science