Horizon: Coronavirus Special

Horizon: Coronavirus Special seeks to understand what we know of the coronavirus pandemic currently sweeping the world in 2020 and how the virus has become so successful.

In just over 100 days, COVID-19 has taken an unprepared world by storm. With lightning speed the virus has infiltrated every corner of the globe, sending entire nations into lockdown, killing thousands and infecting countless more.

Across the world, governments are scrambling to react, hospitals are struggling to cope and an increasingly anxious public are starting to panic.

The world’s media is awash with data, information and misinformation. But what are the facts? What is COVID-19 and why is this strain of coronavirus so dangerous? What happens in our bodies when the virus attacks? How does this compare to previous pandemics? What do all the the numbers really mean, and how can data modelling help us look for an exit strategy?

Exploring these questions by assessing the scientific facts and figures, the Horizon documentary seeks the real truth behind the biggest public health crisis in living memory, and explores the latest research from the frontline of the medical and scientific fightback.

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Horizon: Coronavirus Special
  • Info
  • Release date2020
  • Full runtime
  • Director(s)David Coleman
  • Part of the seriesHorizon
  • Production companyBBC