Measures against infectious agents
Emerging pandemics, such as the current COVID-19, are highlighting the role of science in all its dimensions. CSIC experts in different areas are working to create a stable research structure in response to this and other global health emergencies.
The PREVENTION theme focuses on research into the variables, mechanisms and guidelines for fighting highly infectious and highly transmissible agents, such as the SARS-CoV-2 virus, with a major clinical impact. The aim is to establish surveillance measures for the emergence and re-emergence of infectious diseases.
Origin: an approach to the recent history of pandemics and their uniqueness; the connection of such pandemics with the globalized world.
Dissemination: use genomic epidemiology to analyze how the disease is transmitted and spread; predict the evolution of the new coronavirus and draw lessons for new outbreaks.
Prevention protocols: detailed study of the protocols to be implemented to prevent the spread and avoid the aggravation of the consequences of future pandemics; evaluate the typology and severity of the disease to propose concrete protective measures, drugs, vaccines and lifestyle advice.
Economic prevention: analysis of economic and legal measures (and the proportion in which they should be implemented) according to the impact of the disease.