Although we are currently tirelessly fighting to control the spread of the novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2), there remains a possibility that another pandemic could occur in the future. How might this happen and what can we do about it?
Dr Joe Hanson, biologist and presenter of “It’s Okay to Be Smart” tells Technology Networks that there are two primary ways for the virus to re-emerge:
- It doesn’t completely go away; there are “pockets” of it around the world, meaning it could potentially be reintroduced on a wider scale.
- The virus mutates to the point that the tools that we develop to fight the current version won’t be effective.
How do we deal with this? Hanson likens it to a tackling a wildfire – by carefully monitoring it, we put ourselves in the best position to know how we might control it.
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