The new coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2), which causes the disease COVID-19, is a type of zoonotic virus that jumps from animals to humans. Through its One Health Institute, UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine is one of the foremost institutions working to identify and prevent the transmission and spread of these types of viruses.
This page collects information and resources related to the school and coronavirus.
Pandemic Prevention through the One Health Institute
How UC Davis has been working to prevent pandemics:
UC Davis is a steering member of the Global Virome Project (GVP), which aims to detect and characterize nearly all unknown viruses from wild animals around the world. Instead of a reactive approach focused on response and controlling outbreaks, GVP envisions a proactive approach where we can develop new ways to prevent spillover to humans.
- UC Davis leads the USAID $85 million “One Health Workforce — Next Generation” consortium, which promotes global health security by empowering One Health University Networks in Africa and Southeast Asia to build the human resources and bolster the workforce for more effective disease surveillance and control.
- UC Davis leads the PREDICT program, a USAID-sponsored global pathogen surveillance project.
Interviews and Articles
"A Cat In Belgium Tested Positive For COVID-19, But You Shouldn’t Panic" Dr. Jane Sykes talks to Huffington Post about the first known case of a cat getting sick from the novel coronavirus.
"What Could Warming Mean for Pathogens like Coronavirus?" In this Scientific American article, Dr. Christine Kreuder Johnson and other scientists discuss the impact of rising global temperatures on the timing, location and severity of disease outbreaks.
"Can Your Animals Get Coronavirus?" A compilation of several media interviews with Dr. Jane Sykes, UC Davis' chief veterinary medical officer, discussing pets and coronavirus.
"DVM Student Helps Manage Coronavirus Outbreak at the CDC" Nicole Cady, Class of 2020, shares her experience as an Epidemiology Elective Program student at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta where she spent a few weeks involved in managing the Wuhan coronavirus outbreak.
"Coronavirus Update Following Weekend News of Spread" Capital Public Radio's Insight With Beth Ruyak interviews Dr. Tracey Goldstein regarding the spread of coronavirus in the United States.
“Why coronavirus could have slipped into U.S. long before screenings, travel restrictions” In this SacBee article, Dr. Christine Kreuder Johnson comments on the detection and spread of communicable diseases
“Feline coronavirus treatment could stop spread of COVID-19 in humans, doctor says” Phoenix Fox10 story interviews Dr. Niels Pederson regarding a type of drug successfully used in cats to treat coronavirus that could potentially also work in humans.
UC Davis Live interview with Drs. Tracey Goldstein and Christine Kreuder Johnson of the UC Davis One Health Institute. The interview covers information on the nature of coronaviruses and how they compare to other diseases, how diseases transmit from animals and humans, what constitutes a pandemic, and how the public should react. The interview also covers the role of veterinarians and the One Health approach in outbreak prevention.
"Coronavirus declared global health emergency: Here’s what Californians need to know" SacBee article providing context on coronavirus in California and information on what the School of Veterinary Medicine does to prevent pandemics.
“Coronavirus came from bats or possibly pangolins amid ‘acceleration’ of new zoonotic infections” Washington Post article quoting Professor Christine Kreuder Johnson on the prevalence of viruses in wild animal populations.
“Coronavirus Researchers Are Using High-Tech Methods to Predict Where the Virus Might Go Next” Time article with Jonna Mazet discussing what is needed to identify novel viruses and prevent their transmission.
“Coronavirus Cases Seemed to Be Leveling Off. Not Anymore.” New York Times article with Professor Christine Kreuder Johnson.
"A Smithsonian team discovered a new coronavirus. The story behind that effort shows what it takes to get ahead of potential pandemics.” Washington Post article using the UC Davis-led PREDICT program to illustrate the connection between wildlife and human viruses.
"Melting Glaciers and Thawing Permafrost Could Release Ancient Viruses Locked Away for Thousands of Years." Newsweek article quoting Professor Christine Kreuder Johnson on whether old viruses could reemerge as a consequence of global warming.