COVID’s Impact in Science

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Giovanna Pontes, Features Writer

It is undeniable that the COVID-19 pandemic has been a catastrophe that has led to countless deaths around the world. Despite its numerous negative impacts, the virus has also led to an astronomical improvement in technology and specifically modern medicine. 

The Atlantic Magazine shows that “new diagnostic tests can detect the virus within minutes. Massive open data sets of viral genomes and COVID‑19 cases have produced the most detailed picture yet of a new disease’s evolution. Vaccines are being developed with record-breaking speed. SARS‑CoV‑2 will be one of the most thoroughly characterized of all pathogens, and the secrets it yields will deepen our understanding of other viruses, leaving the world better prepared to face the next pandemic.”

Clearly, the urgency surrounding the situation caused growth to occur quickly and significantly. With the whole world focused on one cause, we also had more cooperation and investment involved in the issue. 

Ultimately, the pandemic has been a horrible occurrence but its presence has also provoked expansion within the science field.