What is novel coronavirus 2019 and who is most at risk of contracting it? How is the infection transmitted? Can a vaccine be developed to tackle the spread of the virus? How well equipped is Ireland to contain and manage such viruses?
Science Gallery Dublin are hosting a free briefing on Thursday 30th of January from 1-2pm to allow the public to delve deeper into the novel coronavirus 2019 (2019-nCoV) and the science behind the latest virus scare. Looking at the implications for public health in Ireland will be moderator Maria Delaney, an investigative journalist for Noteworthy along with experts from areas of immunology and virology including Cillian De Gascun, Director, National Virus Reference Laboratory at UCD, Nigel Stevenson, Assistant Professor in Immunology at Trinity College Dublin and Dr. David McGrath, Medical Director of the College Health Service and a Member of the Trinity College Working Group on the Management of a potential Novel Corona Virus threat.
Chinese authorities have indicated the virus has resulted in the deaths of 4% of infected patients. The virus is suspected to have originated from a factory in the Chinese city of Wuhan with cases presenting in Japan, Korea, Thailand, Australia, France and the United States. Containment measures including the closure of public-transportation systems are in place in Wuhan City, as well as other nearby cities. According to a Statement from The World Health Organisation, “It is expected that further international exportation of cases may appear in any country. Thus, all countries should be prepared for containment, including active surveillance, early detection, isolation and case management, contact tracing and prevention of onward spread of 2019-nCoV infection, and to share full data with WHO”.
RAPID RESPONSE events at Science Gallery Dublin delve into the latest burning scientific issues in the news. Speaking ahead of the RAPID RESPONSE briefing Science Gallery Interim Director Andrea Bandelli said “This latest virus outbreak while still a low-level risk to people in Ireland poses a lot of questions for members of the public. Most of us don’t get an opportunity to talk directly to scientists who are experts in the field. At Science Gallery, we aim to bring the latest burning topics to the public and allow them to interact directly with science and researchers at the cutting edge”.
You can also watch the talk as it is live-streamed on Facebook, and join the conversation on Twitter @SciGalleryDub #SGcoronavirus.
Register for your free place today. The event will be held in the Paccar Theatre in Science Gallery at Trinity College Dublin. Science Gallery Café will provide complimentary brown-bag lunches to the first 50 attendees.