Sars-CoV-2 (2021)MUSE - The Science Museum
NAME: Severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2
How does it look? Where does the coronavirus name come from? What weapons does the virus possess? We already know a lot about it.
Genetic profile and first identification
RNA composed of a single strand of 30,000 bases. 1. december 2019 - fish market in Wuhan - China
Spike protein (S protein). This protein binds to specific receptors on the host cell, through which it enters the cell... like a key in a lock!
Agent of Covid-19 disease
Curriculum vitae (2021)MUSE - The Science Museum
In this illustration table is represented the history of coronavirus spread and its "evolutionary skills" and its ability to replicate and to continue to spread.
It's assumed that Sars-CoV-2 came from China, but how it spread, we can only imagine...
Variants of Sars-CoV-2 are also developing, we will learn about their characteristics and effect on people over time
The Disease (2021)MUSE - The Science Museum
We know well the prominent aspects of the COVID-19 illness: the way the virus infects our cells, which symptoms occur and why some people can lose their sense of smell.
How does the infection happen?
The virus uses cell to reproduce damaging the cell in the process
Lungs, kidneys, liver, hearth, brain, intestines
Scientist (2021)MUSE - The Science Museum
I'm doing my part, too - Scientist
Scientists quickly found the most effective solutions to contain the infections and prevent and treat the disease. Let’s see how vaccines –the only tool ever invented to produce acquired immunity to a particular pathogen– work!
They cause an immune response and creates a memory of immunity, so the body is ready to respond to future infections
Is the ability of a group to resist an infection because a large percentage of the group has immunity
Doctor (2021)MUSE - The Science Museum
I'm doing my part, too - Doctor
Doctors are also the key players in the central section of this story. They are involved in managing this global emergency, saving many lives and continuing to take care of many patients at the hospital but also at home.
Are vaccines safe?
As with any drug, vaccines can also have undesired side effects, which are nevertheless rarer than complications due to the disease
In-hospital care? Yes, but also at home!
Politician (2021)MUSE - The Science Museum
I'm doing my part, too - Politician
The pandemic has demonstrated that politics holds great responsibility for people's lives. The political decisions may seem to conflict with human freedom and rights but, in this global emergency, we are all called upon to protect our health and the health of people around us
Politic always implies biopolitic
Its purpose is to discipline bodies and regulate populations. Political choices affect our freedoms, rights and duties, and also our access to a life that is healthy and full of meaning
Communicator (2021)MUSE - The Science Museum
I'm doing my part, too - Communicator
The COVID-19 pandemic has sparked a great desire to understand and learn more. Nevertheless, the need to inform and communicate generated an ‘infodemic’. What principles should communication be based on?
How do you get informed?
The Coronavirus has made us undestand that (2021)MUSE - The Science Museum
The Coronavirus has made us understand that
The appearance of the COVID-19 disease has uncovered what we already knew but did not want to face: the urgency of directing efforts towards more sustainable and resilient models of society and development.
Time has already run out