National Geographic Docu-Special, Virus Hunters Hits SA Screens

Virus Hunters

With the world gripped by the ongoing Covid-19 crisis, it is not easy to think about what could be next. But, those on the front lines of science suggest this won’t be the last we see of global pandemics. So, what can we do to prevent the next contagion before it is too late? Offering a critical look at how a virus develops and spreads, National Geographic’s new docu-series, Virus Hunters follows heroic experts on the front lines to stop the next global pandemic.

Around the world, researchers are racing to prevent disaster, and their efforts represent the most critical scientific mission of a generation. With deadly new viruses on the rise and happening more frequently in recent years, National Geographic presents Virus Hunters, produced by American Broadcasting Company (ABC) News’ Lincoln Square Productions.

Virus Hunters
A microscope shows the COVID-19 virus emerging from the surface of cells cultured in the lab.
(National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases)

National Geographic fellow, epidemiologist and ecologist Christopher Golden is on a mission to connect the dots on culture, disease and the environment to discover the patterns that cause global health crises. ABC News foreign correspondent James Longman has seen the global ravages of COVID-19 firsthand and will use his investigative experience to find the answers to urgent questions the public is yearning for.

Together, Golden and Longman will embark on an epic journey across continents to meet with the brave scientists on a quest to not only understand and stop the COVID-19 outbreak, but also prevent the next deadly pandemic.

Virus Hunters

The chain of events that sets off a pandemic can be broken — remove one domino and you can prevent the loss of millions of lives. Virus Hunters will follow explorers Golden and Longman as they process through airports, hail taxis and navigate through every human interaction that has been tainted by the current global pandemic.

The docuseries will serve as a documentary companion special to the single-topic November issue of the National Geographic magazine focusing on Covid-19.

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Premièring Wednesday 25 November 2020 at 21:00 CAT on National Geographic (DStv 181, StarSat 220), Virus Hunters is a must-see for anyone interested in the medical sciences. The docu-series will air globally on National Geographic Channel in 172 countries in 43 languages.


Header image: National Geographic fellow Chris Golden (National Geographic/Jon Betz).

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