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Initial Statement of 9 March 2020: LSE Alumnae and Alumni and the Coronavirus

The following is the statement of the Association in regard to the "SARS-CoV-2" virus and the "coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)" it causes.


For the next few months, the Association will put special emphasis on non-event activities and services for LSE alumnae and alumni. We already got a huge portfolio there only awaiting to be reintroduced to you.

We are following the situation closely and will quickly adjust our work if so instructed by the authorities. At this time, so that the freedom of choice remains with each LSE alumna and alumnus, the Association will continue to organize and invite to activities and events and expects that all persons follow the up-to-date instructions and recommendations of the federal and cantonal governments and make good judgments when attending activities and events. The General Meeting will be postponed to June 2020.

Please visit now:


... and make sure to also click on "Latest information".

Person-to-person spread will continue to occur, including in communities in Switzerland. The undersigned expects that widespread transmission of the "SARS-CoV-2" virus is likely at some future point in time but is hopeful that pharmaceutical and non-pharmaceutical interventions will rapidly improve in the coming months and years. Please show solidarity with the vulnerable and have confidence in our health professionals, scientists and government officials.

If you want to help to craft an effective protein binder against the "SARS-CoV-2" virus and stop people getting sick, you can. Several U.S. universities collaborate on a worldwide crowd-sourced gamified simulation to tackle the twin challenges of protein structure prediction and protein design. Anybody can contribute. This is serious stuff. It will save lives. You will also learn a lot about the fight against infectious diseases.

For an introduction to the effort, please watch the video featuring Dr. Brian Koepnick, Research Scientist at the University of Washington:


For the science behind the Foldit simulation, please review:



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