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In early February 2020, UC San Diego Health began receiving patients with a novel coronavirus infection who had been transported in quarantine by the federal government from Wuhan, China to the nearby Marine Corps Air Station Miramar.
The virus and the disease didn’t even have names yet, but within a month, UC San Diego scientists were already doing what they do best—collaborating to learn more about the virus called SARS-CoV-2 and quickly translating their findings to help prevent and treat what we now call COVID-19.
In many cases, labs pivoted to focus of their research seemingly overnight, coordinating efforts remotely after California’s stay-at-home order went into effect. The articles below describe some of their efforts.