Portrait of a virologist in the eye of the storm
Undiagnosed pneumonia: request for information.
Late 2019, Marion Koopmans receives a message that will rock the world: in the Chinese city of Wuhan, several patients have been diagnosed with a severe, unknown form of pneumonia. Almost a year later, she boards a plane as a member of an international team to investigate the origins of the largest pandemic of the past century.
In Virologist in a Changing World, Marion Koopmans looks back on her career as a virologist and her experiences with COVID-19 and other major virus outbreaks, such as SARS, Ebola, MERS and H1N1. Together with her son Mischa Huijsmans, she reflects on scientific advice in times of crisis, on the quest for knowledge and dealing with uncertainty, on her sudden celebrity, on doubters, wappies and madmen, and the sometimes complicated boundary between politics and science.
Available per November 30th!