Louis Pasteur (1822–1895) Promotion 1843 – Sciences https://www.ens.psl.eu/portraits-de-normaliens/louis-pasteur-1822-1895 Louis Pasteur, a qualified chemist, was behind the most important scientific revolutions of the 19th century in the fields of biology, agriculture, medicine and hygiene. Beginning his research on crystallography, he soon embarked on a journey filled with discoveries which led him to develop the rabies vaccine. https://www.pasteur.fr/en/institut-pasteur/history

Latest Update on the #CoronavirusCOVID19 epidemic:

03/07/20:  Stage 2 in France: 16 deaths (11 men and 5 women all over 70-years-old and with prior health problems) and 949 cases of infected patients recorded today which now also include French overseas departments-regions with the territorial communities of Guadeloupe, Martinique and Guyane… just as Mulhouse, France, in the Department of the Haut-Rhin, near the German border, is now the first French city reaching “Advanced Stage 2” of the epidemic. E.J.

Italy: Devastating situation continues… Via CNN: Italy saw another dramatic increase in the number of confirmed coronavirus cases today with a rise of 1,247 in a single day, the Civil Protection Department said in a statement. The country now has a total of 5,883 cases.

Silvio Brusaferro, head of the Health Institute, said in a press conference that the majority of the deceased are male, over 80-years-old and suffered from other diseases.


03/03/20:  Stage 2 in France: 4th death recorded today of a 90-year-old male in Paris. Number of patients infected as of today = 212 French patients. French medical autorities said no vaccine will be available until at least Christmas 2020.

03/02/20:  Stage 2 in France: 3rd death recorded today of an 80-year-old male who resided in the Oise department. All schools remain closed there. The Louvre Museum is closed for the 2nd day. Latest number of French patients being infected: 191 to date.

Italy, epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak in Europe: 50 deaths to date.

03/01/20:  Stage 2 in France: 15 more patients infected today = 130 French patients (the number of cases tripled in the last 3 days) making France number 2 (behind Italy) with highest number of patients in Europe. Museums including Le Louvre were closed this Sunday.

Italy: 1,577 Italian patients infected as of today, making Italy number 1 w/largest number of patients in Europe (1/3 of the said patients reside in Lombardy (Milano).

02/29/20:  Stage 2 in France: 20 more patients infected today = 115 French patients (as of the end of January 2020) including health workers, and military personnel, the latter being directly or indirectly involved in the repatriation of French citizens who were flown back from Wuhan, China to Paris, France this month. As a preventive measure, effective immediately, the French Government is now restricting all meetings inside a confined place (arenas, conference rooms etc… to a max. of 5,000 people in the same room/closed area at one time.

All meetings (of any size) in the Department of the Oise and Haute-Savoie, France where 73 people are currently infected with the virus, are forbidden.

Number of deaths to date from the virus in France and the United States:

Paris, France: 2 males (one 80-year-old Chinese man and one 60-year-old Frenchman who both died in Paris, France, this month.

Seattle, Washington, USA: One male in his 50s was the first American to die from the virus in Washington state today. https://edition.cnn.com/2020/02/29/health/us-coronavirus-saturday/index.html

02/28/20: France has reached Stage 2 of the #CoronavirusCOVID19 epidemic today with 57 French people being infected nationwide (an increase from 38 people found infected yesterday). Italy has recorded 82 infected people with the virus as of today.

Professor Louis Pasteur https://www.larousse.fr/encyclopedie/personnage/Louis_Pasteur/137210 

If science has no country, the scientist should have one, and ascribe to it the influence which his works may have in this world. Louis Pasteur Speech at the Inauguration of the Institute Pasteur (1888). Quoted in René Vallery-Radot, The Life of Pasteur (1923).

Because knowledge is power when facing a global pandemic, a deadly health crisis putting our very own lives at serious risk… As we keep hearing about the #CoronavirusCOVID19 from people with no medical degree in the United States… As of 02/20/20 for the latest update… Let’s hear it from our very best, brightest, REAL scientists starting with the dedicated doctors and researchers, leaders in the field — and honoring Louis PASTEUR’s legacy — who are working non stop as we speak to develop a vaccine at the world-renowed INSTITUT PASTEUR in PARIS and LILLE, France, shall we, AMERICA? E.J.


Novel coronavirus (SARS-Cov2): what we know about the disease

Video COVID-19 : What we have learnt as of 20 February 2020




Latest news from the Institut Pasteur in Paris and Lille, France re: the deadly #CoronavirusCOVID19:


News 2020.02.26


During the weekend of February 22-23, 2020, the epidemic situation evolved worldwide with the intensification of outbreaks in South Korea, Japan and Singapore, and the appearance of new outbreaks in Iran and Italy. In these countries, we are witnessing a community transmission with no identified link with cases imported from China. This situation raises many questions. How is the disease diagnosed? What is the period of contagiousness? How long is the incubation? Etc. Here are the answers of the Institut Pasteur.

In December 2019, an outbreak of apparently viral pneumonia of unknown etiology emerged in the city of Wuhan, in the Chinese province of Hubei. A novel coronavirus (SARS-Cov2) is the pathogen responsible for this infectious respiratory disease called COVID-19 (CoronaVIrus Disease).

Press release

As well as sequencing the whole genome of coronavirus 2019-nCoV, the Institut Pasteur continued to work on the samples taken from the first confirmed cases. The quality of these initial samples enabled rapid cell-culture isolation of the new virus. The Institut Pasteur’s scientists now have access to the virus responsible for the infection. The isolation of the virus paves the way for new diagnostic, therapeutic and prophylactic approaches. More: https://www.pasteur.fr/en/press-area/press-documents/institut-pasteur-isolates-strains-coronavirus-2019-ncov-detected-france

“La science n’a pas de patrie.” 

“Chance favors invention only for minds prepared for discoveries by patient study and persevering efforts.”

“Adopt a critical mind. By itself, it can neither encourage ideas nor stimulate anything great. But without it, everything is useless. It always has the last word.”

Louis Pasteur