Coronavirus, Public Health

Watch Now: The Race to Understand COVID-19

June 23, 2020
By Perry World House

Most Americans had not heard of coronaviruses until a few months ago, but Penn's Professor Susan Weiss has been studying them for decades. She and collaborators at Penn Medicine have a permit from the CDC to study samples of the COVID-19 virus in a Biological Safety Level 3 laboratory.

What makes this virus different from other pathogens? What is it like working with infectious diseases in a highly secure laboratory? What are the major scientific obstacles to treatments and vaccines? How can scientists and policymakers work better together?

Watch this wide-ranging conversation with Susan Weiss on the race to understand COVID-19.

Watch now.