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Editorial
Published: 2020-04-30

Viruses and insects

Laboratory of Evolutionary Entomology and Museum of Amber Inclusions, Department of Invertebrate Zoology and Parasitology, Faculty of Biology, University of Gdańsk, 59, Wita Stwosza St., PL80-309 Gdańsk, Poland
General

Abstract

Living under severe confinement and global state of war imposed by the emergence and worldwide very rapid spreading of the viral epidemic of zoonotic origin—coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, the world is yet again experiencing a weird period. The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic is the defining global health crisis of our time and the greatest challenge we have faced since World War II, stressing every one of the countries it touches; it is creating devastating social, economic and political crises that will leave deep scars and will undoubtedly change the way we live and interact with each other. The number of known disease-causing viruses have been increasing in the last few decades and this trend is likely to continue. Therefore, it is legitimate to think about the evolutionary effect of viruses and their influence on the processes of organisms.

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