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Introduction: Coronavirus: Race Against the Pandemic (01:37)

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Wuhan, China is on lockdown due to COVID-19. Cities around the world also implement lockdowns. This film considers questions about the spread of the disease. (Credits)

Wuhan, China (03:55)

In December 2019, many residents become ill. Scientists work to understand the new infectious virus; a seafood market is the common link between patients. Viral mutations increase the success of transmission.

Zoonotic Disease (04:36)

Transmission from animal to human has various consequences. Scientists identify the pathogen as a coronavirus that may have originated from bats and attempt to identify "Animal X." The WHO names the virus SARS-CoV-2 and the resulting disease COVID-19.

Public Health Emergency (02:45)

China and the World Health Organization coordinate efforts to stop the outbreak. Scientists discover the coronavirus' genetic sequence.

COVID-19 Death (05:35)

In Wuhan, a 61-year-old man becomes the first fatality; his wife tests positive. Experts discuss virus transmission. COVID-19 quickly escalates to an epidemic and authorities issue a lockdown, but the virus continues to spread.

SARS-CoV-2 Spreads (04:27)

The first international case of COVID-19 occurs in Thailand. Scientists work to slow the spread and begin contact tracing; some people are asymptomatic. Countries start restricting travel and implement quarantine orders.

Public Health (04:33)

Scientists work to slow the spread of COVID-19 and avoid overwhelming healthcare systems; Wuhan hospitals struggle to cope with patient influx. India prepares for an outbreak. Antibody testing could allow better tracking.

Global Spread (05:09)

By February 2020, the number of global COVID-19 cases reaches over 31,000. Scientists seek to understand disease vulnerability; experts discuss herd immunity. Aggressive testing, tracing, and isolation helps to slow transmission.

Defense Against COVID-19 (08:21)

Scientists hurry to create a vaccine and develop various therapies. Experts discuss viral mutation. Practical interventions include sanitation, increased tracing, and social distancing.

Pandemic (05:23)

In March, viral spread reaches a tipping point. Experts disagree on whether COVID-19 is weather dependent. Virus eradication is a difficult achievement. Case numbers in China begin to decline and restrictions ease.

Credits: Coronavirus: Race Against the Pandemic (01:12)

Credits: Coronavirus: Race Against the Pandemic

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December 2019 in Wuhan, central China. The epicenter of a dangerous new viral outbreak - Covid-19. In a space of just three months, a global pandemic is declared. Healthcare systems are overwhelmed, economies are disrupted and governments impose lockdowns to contain the spread of the virus. Where did this novel coronavirus come from? In what way was it manifesting itself in humans? How was it being spread? We uncover the vital questions scientists ask as they grapple to understand this new virus, and its potential threat. We also speak to the scientists and experts leading the fight against this latest pandemic to develop vaccines and treatments in a bid to halt the coronavirus' relentless spread.

Length: 48 minutes

Item#: BVL207291

Copyright date: ©2020

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