Prenatal healthcare visits and screening for common infectious diseases are vital in ensuring the health of mothers and babies.
In September of 2019, the World Health Organization (WHO) and Global Preparedness Monitoring Board (GPMB) published a report with a warning—our risk of a global pandemic was on the rise, and the world was not prepared. Three months later, in December 2019, the first COVID-19 cases were reported to the World Health Organization.
Almeida’s contributions to the field of virology are immeasurable. Besides her discovery of the coronavirus family, she pioneered and perfected multiple techniques that have resulted in huge strides in viral imaging and diagnosis.
Three well-established infectious diseases—Tuberculosis, malaria, and HIV—are poised to kill millions worldwide, with decades of healthcare progress that could be lost due to disruptions caused by COVID-19. Even under normal circumstances, the toll these three diseases exact worldwide is staggering.