Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak - update
We are at a critical phase in the novel coronavirus outbreak and there cannot be any complacency as to the need for global action. This special lecture as part of the Global Health Lecture Series in partnership with the UK Public Health Rapid Support Team (UK-PHRST) - a partnership between LSHTM and Public Health England funded by UK Aid - will include updates from LSHTM experts involved in different aspects of research on coronavirus and providing expert guidance to those responding around the globe. The initial lecture is available to watch on Vimeo.
Speakers will include the following experts:
- Peter Piot, Director of LSHTM and a Handa Professor of Global Health
- Martin Antonio, Professor of Molecular Microbiology & Global Health, MRC Unit The Gambia @ LSHTM and Director, WHO Collaborating Centre for New Vaccines Surveillance
- David Heymann, Professor of Infectious Disease Epidemiology, LSHTM
- Martin Hibberd, Professor of Emerging Infectious Diseases, LSHTM
- Rosalind Eggo, Assistant Professor, LSHTM
- Anna Seale, Associate Professor, LSHTM
Coronaviruses are a family of viruses that include the common cold, but also more severe diseases like the SARS outbreak in 2003, and MERS which first appeared in Jordan in 2012. They can cause respiratory issues, coughing, shortness of breath, fever, and in severe cases pneumonia, kidney failure, and death.
The World Health Organization has officially named the disease caused by the new coronavirus ‘COVID-19’. Knowledge on the outbreak is evolving every day, which is now in 25 countries with more than 70,000 cases and over 1,700 deaths.
Read the latest expert comment and analysis on coronavirus from LSHTM researchers in our media highlights. Find out about our latest COVID-19 research and other activites at lshtm.ac.uk/coronavirus. Subscribe to LSHTM Viral, a new global health podcast focusing on the science behind the coronavirus outbreak and global response.