The Science of COVID-19 – Evidence + Facts
As COVID-19 continues its spread across the globe, scientists are collaborating on an unprecedented scale in an attempt to understand the virus, to find workable therapies, and ultimately the vaccine that will halt the pandemic. Never before has a public health crisis prompted such a comprehensive response from the global scientific community.
“This is the only time in history that we’ve been at this point where we’ve seen a global consortium come together to meet this demand. I think we’re in a good position. The likelihood is that in six or twelve months from now we’re going to have multiple vaccine candidates.”
So, what do we know about the virus so far? How does it spread and what can we expect in terms of a second wave of the pandemic?
Dr. Jason Kindrachuk, Assistant Professor in Viral Pathogenesis at University of Manitoba, and Canada Research Chair, has been studying the SARS-CoV-2 virus closely, assessing its molecular structure, its mode of transmission, and how we might limit its spread.
In this in-depth interview with Chiraz Guessaier, Manager CDA Oasis, Dr. Kindrachuk outlines what we know about the virus, based on the evidence so far. He gives his expert insight into its modes of transmission, including contact and aerosol transmissions, explains the difference between a resurgence and a second wave, and offers his thoughts on hopes for a vaccine.
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Until next time!
Chiraz Guessaier, CDA Oasis Manager