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Coronaviruses: Past, Present, and Future

Coronaviruses: Past, Present, and Future

Coronaviruses range from the common cold to SARS, MERS, and COVID-19.  The first human coronavirus was identified in 1965, causing a common cold.  Since then, more serious coronaviruses- e.g. SARS (2003), MERS (2012) and SARS-CoV-2 (2019)- have been discovered.  Symptoms range from cold-like to difficulty breathing with a high fever to pneumonia.  Treatment for coronavirus can range from fluids and rest, to antivirals, to monoclonal antibodies and other treatments.  One of the best ways to prevent contracting COVID-19 is via handwashing, distancing and face coverings.  This year, vaccines will become available to the general public.  Vaccines are an even better preventative, but until most of the public is vaccinated, the other measures need to remain in place. Dr. Larson will discuss everything above, and go into detail regarding the different vaccines that will become available this year and the outlook for the future.  Questions from the audience are encouraged.

Presenter: Dr. Earl T. Larson, Biological Science

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