Science vs. Virus

Nov 16, 2021

The globe-sweeping reality of SARS-CoV-2 has often delivered an infodemic of misinformation as contagious as the virus itself. While the virus wreaks havoc, science offers hope. Using the voice of the virologist, this infographic poster illustrates the novel coronavirus structure, lifecycle (or replication cycle), and a survey of strategic therapies currently being researched and discussed in the scientific community in order to target COVID-19.


This infographic poster was intended for the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (JHSPH) Magazine to inform Johns Hopkins faculty, students, alumni and educated lay public about the novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2). This poster was originally designed as a visual narrative spread for the COVID-19 Special Edition Summer 2020 issue. The organization and depiction are approximated based on scientific literature, scanning electron microscopy or x-ray crystallography data (PDB files), and discussions in the medical visualization and virology research communities as of early June 2020. Protein structures were stylized using instructional color for a logical and engaging flow of visual information.

The planned adaptations of this infographic include: a poster (shown), a printed 2-page spread for the JHSPH magazine, web/mobile format (, and an animated video presentation (


PDB data, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop