How do we stop the world’s deadly pandemic? COVID-19 was just a wake-up call. Around the world, researchers on the front lines are racing to head off disaster ... before it’s too late. Their efforts represent the most critical scientific mission of a generation. Over 70% of new human viruses come from animals. Called “spillover” events, viruses can suddenly jump species under the right conditions. But 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. Recognized worldwide for its award-winning journalism and photography, National Geographic has been covering the COVID-19 pandemic extensively in the magazine and digitally, tackling the biggest science story of our generation. VIRUS HUNTERS will serve as a documentary companion special to the single-topic November issue of the magazine focusing on COVID-19. For more of National Geographic’s coverage of COVID-19, visit natgeo.com/coronavirus and check out the special issue on national geographic.com beginning mid October. National Geographic fellow Chris Golden and ABC News field correspondent James Longman team up to delve into the world of virus hunters, asking the urgent questions the public yearns for in relatable terms. Chris and James will take us on a raw and sometimes scary front-line search to identify the chain of events that could cause the next global pandemic. The backdrop to this journey is the global COVID-19 pandemic, which is already in the throes of a “second wave.” The stakes of our mission are clear and ever present and they couldn’t be higher. This is storytelling NOW.


    Tahli Kouperstein, 240-401-9674, tahli.kouperstein@natgeo.com

    Jen Driscoll, 614-595-9604, jennifer.driscoll@natgeo.com

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