Our Science Responds

Learn how the scientific and technological system of Latin America and the Caribbean faced the new Coronavirus outbreak

On February 26, the first case of COVID-19 was recorded in Brazil, and thus the pandemic entered Latin America and the Caribbean. As society becomes aware of what this implies, and governments take prevention and mitigation measures, science rolls up its sleeves to provide answers to the challenges that arise in our territory. Thus, throughout the continent, science institutions, scientists reoriented their priorities and began to work to bring solutions to our region.

At CILAC we want to make these initiatives visible and highlight the importance of having capabilities scientists in the region. In situations like these, we cannot sit back and wait for the answer to come from outside, and a response in line with the urgency of the case is not generated in a few days either (the training of a scientist takes years, and the formation of a scientific system takes decades. ).

Occasions like these show the relevance of having science developed on the continent. Our science is important, our region cannot afford not to invest in science, #OurScienceResponds.

What is a coronavirus?

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that can cause diseases in both animals and humans. In humans, they are known to cause respiratory infections that can range from the common cold to more serious illnesses.

COVID-19 is the most recently discovered infectious disease caused by the coronavirus. Both the new virus and the disease were unknown before the outbreak broke out in Wuhan, China, in December 2019.

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