Have Coronavirus Questions? You Can Now Skype A Scientist

Peter Haskell
April 29, 2020 - 3:25 pm

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NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — The news is dominated by stories about virus immunity, antibodies and generally speaking — science.

With misinformation abound amid the coronavirus pandemic, those seeking data-backed-truth can simply Skype a Scientist.

"Our main goal is connecting as many people as possible with science and scientists," said Sarah McAnulty, who runs the program. "I think getting access to people who have spent their lives working on the problems that you're interested in is really powerful and really important."

The service is free and easy to use.

Those with a question can visit the Skype a Scientist website, pick a category and then get on a video call with an expert. 

"We match groups, usually classrooms under normal conditions, but right now we're also letting in families cause everybody's stuck at home with scientists for Q&As on video chat," said McAnulty. "We want people to feel like they have really gotten the chance to meet a scientist and make a personal connection there and not just get lectured at."

McAnulty tells WCBS 880's Peter Haskell that this service is especially important now.

"Science is in the news every single day and even our leaders are sometimes saying that that are just patently false," McAnulty said.

There are 5,000 scientists in their database.

McAnulty said virologists and epidemiologists are popular these days.

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