From Steven Brocklehurst
BBC Scotland News
17 April 2020
The woman who first discovered the virus in the human body was the daughter of a bus driver in Scotland, who dropped out of school at the age of 16.
Later, June Almeida became a principal in the field of virus surveillance, whose role became an integral part of the current epidemic.
Covid-19 is a new virus but is caused by a coronavirus, and it was first discovered in 1964 by Dr. Alemida in the laboratory at St Thomas’ London Hospital.
The specialist was born with the virus in 1930 and was named June Hart. She grew up in a rented apartment near Alexander Park in the northeast part of Glasgow.
She dropped out of school after a short education but got a job as a laboratory technician at Glasgow Royal Hospital.
She later moved back to London to pursue her career and in 1954 she married Enriques Almeida, a Venezuelan painter.
Research on influenza
The woman’s husband and youngest child moved to Toronto, Canada, and, according to medical writer George Winter, was recruited by Almeida to study at the Ontario Cancer Institute.
She went on to develop a model that shows how antibodies are made using antibodies in the body.
Mr Winter told Drivetime on BBC Radio Scotland that her experience had made her famous in the UK and was recruited in 1964 to work at St Thomas’ Teaching Hospital in London, a hospital run by Prime Minister Boris Johnson. received care when he was being treated for cholera.
Recognizing her illness, she began collaborating with Dr. David Tyrrell, who is conducting the influenza research in Salisbury in Wiltshire County.
Mr Winter said that Dr. Tyrrell was investigating a concussion from a few volunteers and his team found that people could pick up flu viruses, but not all of them.
One of the bacteria is B814, which was found in the 1960s at a student’s school in Surrey.
They found that they could spread flu symptoms to other volunteers but could not get her to spread to the test room.
Dr. Tyrell thinks it may be possible to see an image of the virus in the micro-organism.
They dispatched June Almeida with other atoms, which she also saw in the virus which she described as flu viruses.
She discovered what is now known as the first human cholera virus in the human body.
Mr Winter said Dr. Almeida had seen atoms like these in the past when she was researching liver disease in rats and chickens.
However, he said the report she wrote in a magazine was rejected “because observers say the photos of herpes virus were negative.”
The first outbreak of the B814 virus was first published in the British Medical Journal in 1965 and two years later the first image of it was published in General Virology.
According to Mr Winter, Dr. Tyrrell and Dr. Almeida, along with Professor Tony Waterson, the man at St Thomas’ Hospital named the virus coronavirus because of its resemblance to a king’s capillary when exposed to a scanner. bacteria.
Dr. Almeida later worked at the London School of Veterinary Medicine where she was awarded a master’s degree. She completed her work at the Wellcome Institute, where she had the opportunity to conduct a variety of research in viral imaging.
After leaving Wellcome, Dr. Almeida became a yoga instructor but went on to study the virus in the 1980s where she helped take new HIV pictures.
June Almeida died in 2007 at the age of 77.
Now 13 years after her death, she has been given the honor she deserves, as a subject whose work has accelerated the understanding of the virus that is currently raging in the world.
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