HZI magazine "InFact"

For many years the InFact has been the staff magazine of the Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research and has been an integral part of the internal communication. Since 2017, the magazine is also available on the HZI homepage for everyone who is interested. In reports, interviews and portraits, HZI employees inform about research projects, the research strategy and the people at the various HZI locations. Have fun reading the InFact!

Editorial

Dear readers,

After 2020, the year 2021 will also be dominated by the COVID-19 pandemic. We have adjusted our everyday life to a dangerous opponent that we cannot see with the naked eye, but which demonstrates its full power especially in intensive care units and nursing homes. In our cover story, we explain how newly emerging viruses such as SARS-CoV-2 repeatedly manage to conquer humans as hosts and which approaches there are to fend off such viral attacks in the future.

With the outbreak of the pandemic, the HZI quickly established a large number of research projects to investigate SARS-CoV-2 in more detail and to contribute to its control. In our interview, the Scientific Director of the HZI, Dirk Heinz, reports on how this was possible and what he sees as the main focus at the HZI this year and in the years to come. We also asked some researchers how they simultaneously managed media appearances, childcare and household chores from home office during the first lockdown.

I wish you an informative read and take care!

Andreas Fischer
Editor-in-chief

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