How a Virus Conquers the World, Animated
Dynamic animated anatomy of going viral.
By Maria Popova
Viruses are everywhere — in our bodies, in the news, and, thanks to Hollywood, in some of our worst-case apocalyptic scenarios. But how, exactly, do they get around? This short, dynamic motion graphics piece for Take Part’s pandemic and disease prevention campaign, a fine addition to other excellent educational animated visualizations, shows how a virus makes its way from person to person and into a pandemic, and what we can do as individuals to help prevent these massive outbreaks.
Researchers estimate that if everybody washed their hands regularly, a million deaths could be prevented every year.
For more on the fascinating and frightening world domination scheme of viruses, see A Planet of Viruses by Carl Zimmer, whose quirky Science Ink side project you may already know and love, and who happens to be one of the best science journalists around.
Published May 31, 2012