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Coronavirus: The Science Explained

Senior CVR researchers are contributing to a new public website for those interested in the science of COVID-19.  Allowing us to ensure our expertise relevant to the current coronavirus outbreak is also available to the general public.

 ‘Coronavirus: The Science Explained’ is a UK Government initiative funded through UKRI to provide trusted and authentic information to the general public. The website is regularly updated to provide the evidence and the facts about the virus, the disease, the epidemic, and its control.

CVR staff are responsible for content related to the virus itself, it’s taxonomy and nomenclature; relation of SARS-CoV-2 to other coronaviruses; viral structure and genome; mechanism of host infection and multiplication; mutation, genetic variation and pathogenicity.

University News Releases

"The CVR and its scientists are at the centre of Scotland’s – and the UK’s – response to the current coronavirus outbreak. As the largest group of virologists in the UK with the facilities to handle samples from infected patients, we are well placed to conduct pivotal research into emerging diseases such as COVID-19."  Professor Massimo Palmarini, Director of the CVR

News Release: University Of Glasgow Leads COVID-19 Research Response In Scotland -summaries all current activities.

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Media Coverage

External news articles and media featuring CVR research work on COVID-19

CVR staff have provided scientific commentary and analysis to a range of media outlets.


ITV News Science Editor Tom Clarke visited the CVR to record an overview of our contribution to the UK’s genomic sequencing efforts to coincide with the announcement of the COVID-19 Genomics UK Consortium.


Webinar organised by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow. Dr Antonia Ho Clinical Senior Lecturer/Consultant in Infectious Disease at the CVR spoke about the epidemiology of COVID-19 during the event, which also heard from leading experts across the globe who noted lessons from Hong Kong and South Korea, and how the UK is learning from the experience of others.


Channel 5 News Interview about LongCOVID with Dr Janet Scott. Dr Scott expresses the importance of studying the long term health and psychosocial effects of COVID-19. 


BBC News Article featuring Dr Antonia Ho. Dr Ho disucsses how young people are changing the shape of the COVID-19 outbreaks in Scotland. 


BBC Radio Scotland Lunchtime Live interview with Dr Janet Scott. Researchers in Glasgow are to lead a global study into he longterm health impact of COVID-19. 


BBC Radio Scotland interview wiht Dr Antonia Ho. Experts have developed a different tool which will help doctors to manage patients who are admitted to hospital with coronavirus. Includes interview with Dr Antonia Ho. 

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CVR Coronavirus Public Engagement

Inside the Petri Dish Podcast - Dr Janet Scott discusses LongCOVID with the Inside the Petri Dish team (31-08-2020). 

The Guardian Science Weekly Podcast - Professor Pablo Murcia discusses what will happen to COVID-19 once the flu season hits this winter (08-09-2020). 

Glasgow Science Festival "Science on the Sofa" - COVID: Glasgow Responds Section. Professor David Rovertson, Professor Emma Thomson, Dr Janet Scott, Dr Antonia Ho, Dr Ana Da Silva Filipe and Dr Agnieszka Szemiel share videos disussing their work during the coronavirus pandemic from sequending the genome, to the evolutionary origins of the virus, and a potential vaccine.