Gabriel Garcia Márquez, the Colombian writer, Literature Nobel Prize, wrote a novel in the middle of 80´s about a couple, that lived an adventurous relationship amid an explosion of Colera illness, in a fictitious place in the Caribe.
I couldn´t avoid thinking about this novel, not exactly because of the love story, but because somehow the world shrank now into the size of a novel. We were suddenly brought together by a microscopic species, that challenges our living systems and threatens life itself.
News are changing at a pace never seen before; countries are closing their borders, and following Italy´s drastic and exemplary measures. This is disruption at its best. Our colleagues and friends in Italy and Europe-wide are facing new conditions, where resiliency and sensibility play a huge role.
The need of trustable information, responsible journalism and science engagement is among the most important things to take care of. Needless to say, apart from the people who are affected directly by the virus. This disruptive time will shed a light on how is our ability as a “civilised” society to stay calm, focus on the important things, bring solidarity and knowledge upfront and learn from this experience, that more than ever, is confronting us to the way we´ve been living, until now. Will we learn and make the paradigm shifts that the planet is asking us?
Produced by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), this highly magnified, digitally colorized transmission electron microscopic (TEM) image highlights the particle envelope of a single, spherical shaped, Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) virion, through the process of immunolabeling, the envelope proteins, using rabbit HCoV-EMC/2012 primary antibody, and goat anti-rabbit 10nm gold particles.