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Getting Ready for the next Pandemic: The SARS-COV-2 model

As the World Health Organization (WHO) declares the COVID 19 pandemic officially over, it’s obvious that the next question is what do we do with all the data we’ve collected and all the strategies we’ve had to implement over the past few years.

The answer would be; There is so much to do and so much more we don’t understand yet. There are many aspects of viral evolution, viral host genetics and country specific case severity we’ve still not been able to account for. Answering these would give us a better foundation and preparedness when the next viral pandemic hits. In essence, we would anticipate variation of disease susceptibility, variants emergence and adopt more efficient testing strategies based on the know-how accumulated during the Covid-19 pandemic.

What strikes me as the most important aspect yet to be fully understood is host viral interactions. How the host is contributing to viral entry and leading to disease progression and how different hosts respond to the virus. In our efforts to prepare for the next viral pandemic, striving to gain insights into this aspect would be essential.  Though this subject seems a hurdle, breaking it down into host mechanisms involved in viral entry,  viral integration and host immune response could demystify this task and provide us with the adequate tools to fight the next viral pandemic.

Utilizing  SARS-COV-2 as a model for understanding viral pandemic dynamics may be just what we need to get ready.


Maame Ekua Acquah is a second year PhD student at the University of Ghana at the Department of Biochemistry,  Cell and  Biology(BCMB); Her research is funded by the West African Center for Cell Biology of Infectious Pathogens (WACCBIP) and British Society for Antimicrobial Chemotherapy (BSAC).

Dr Lydia Mosi is a Senior lecturer at the University of Ghana, BCMB Department and WACCBIP.

Dr Charles A. Narh is a Research Fellow at Deakin University and adjunct Research Fellow at University of Ghana

  1. This is an excellent writeup on COVID-19. The pandemic has indeed transformed the world, and as the WHO declared that the pandemic is over, it is essential to reflect on the lessons learnt and the work that still lies ahead. The suggestion to utilize SARS-CoV-2 as a model for studying viral dynamics is a practical approach that will improve our understanding for future outbreaks and pandemics.
    Kudos Maame Ekua Acquah!

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