In this pandemic, a lot of digital ink has been spilled about SARS-CoV-2, and no small amount of pixels as well. Recently, the Canadian science site Science Borealis featured a number of creators about their visual communication work addressing the pandemic, and included our award-winning COVID-19 and the Science of Soap animation. 

From the article by Raymond Nakamura and Katrina Vera Wong, entitled, When scicomm goes viral

INVIVO is a science communications company based in Toronto. They created a mesmerizing computer-animated video about the science of soap and how washing hands gets rid of viruses at the molecular level.

According to INVIVO Marketing Manager, Glendon Mellow, “The novel coronavirus is scary, especially so at the start of the pandemic, so we wanted to help people understand it. We chose to demonstrate two remarkable ways ordinary soap can destroy the virus.”

But Mellow points out, “The lead time on creating a new medical animation can be long, so first we had to see if the team had the capacity to take this on. Everyone was excited to work on it, from our medical writers to 3D animators.”

They also had practical considerations. According to Mellow, the INVIVO team asked themselves, “What did we know about SARS-CoV-2 back in the winter that would still be relevant weeks later when we finished the animation?”

Read the rest of the article here. 


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