In January 2020, China saw an outbreak of a new coronavirus strain now named SARS-CoV-2. Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that can infect a range of hosts. They are known to cause diseases including the common cold, Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) and Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) in humans.

Since the emergence of SARS-CoV-2, the cause of COVID-19, the Microbiology Society has worked with our expert members, and we have now created a digital collection of content that comprises of resources relating to SARS-CoV-2. 

  • SARS-CoV-2 News

    Access news and updates published by the Microbiology Society on the topic of SARS-CoV-2, including expert comments from our membership.

  • Press releases

    The latest press releases published by the Microbiology Society addressing SARS-CoV-2 and ongoing research.

  • Blogs on the topic of SARS-CoV-2 and COVID-19

    Explore blogs which include insights from members who have volunteered to work at the UK lighthouse laboratories, the first images of a coronavirus and access our Coronstream blog series.

  • Podcasts

    The Microbiology Society has a podcast called Microbe Talk. Explore discussions relating to the outbreak of SARS-CoV-2 and COVID-19, as well as insights about ongoing research to help tackle the pandemic.

  • Coronaviruses Journal Collection

    To allow the widest possible distribution of relevant research, the Microbiology Society has brought together articles from across our portfolio and made this content freely available.

  • Why Microbiology Matters

    Explore our digital collections of content which help showcase why microbiology matters. We will specifically look at the 'Understanding viruses and the challenges in microbiology' and 'Vaccines: the global challenge for microbiology'.

  • SARS-CoV-2 and COVID-19 online workshop

    On 29 July 2020, the Microbiology Society hosted the SARS-CoV-2 and COVID-19 Online Workshop, bringing together researchers from labs across the UK to discuss research on topics including the virus and its genes, pathology and immunology, and therapeutics and vaccines.