Viral variants: From Covid to the flu

Viral variants: From Covid to the flu

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New variants of the coronavirus behind the Covid-19 pandemic arise constantly, with some, such as Delta, driving new waves of infections and subsequent deaths. What kinds of genetic changes make some variants of SARS-CoV-2 more dangerous and why have virologists long been concerned about coronaviruses in particular? And what do studies of old foes such as influenza, HIV and SARS tell us about the course that SARS-CoV-2 may take and how we might prepare for the changes ahead?

Join us for a discussion and Q&A with two experts and get your questions answered. And, if you can't join us live, please register and we'll send a link to the replay following the event.

-Edward Holmes, Virologist, University of Sydney
-Lisa Gralinski, Virologist, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

-Eva Emerson, Editor in Chief, Knowable Magazine from Annual Reviews


This event is part of Reset: The Science of Crisis & Recovery, an ongoing series of live events and science journalism exploring how the world is navigating the coronavirus pandemic, its consequences and the way forward. Reset is supported by a grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.

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