We are living in an unprecedented era with a virus that is having new strains every second and whatever vaccine is created would not totally eliminate the possibility of us contracting the virus. Covid19 is a part of the SARS/MERS family which is in existence for a long time, and SARS has a higher fatality than Covid, but it seems that the new strains are fatal (see this article https://www.healthline.com/health/coronavirus-vs-sars#molecular-factors).
What we are speaking about in this article is this field of study which is normally represented in the bachelor of science programme and also in Medicine, Pharmacy, and many other programmes of many universities.
I cannot stress the importance of this programme, and let me tell you a story. When I was at university myself, I helped some of my friends who were in the medical programme by reading the book in English and explaining it to them in Arabic, that continued for the four years that I was doing my bachelor degree, and I can tell you this, I have learnt a lot about science and biology as well as microbiology so when someone speaks about these subjects I can straight away tell if the person knows his stuff or not. And those four years had shaped my life and equipped me with a different understanding, as studying Science is different from studying economics (of course both are good subjects to study, but the outlook of each is different, you appreciate your life when you study science subject, as you are under the microscope and being looked after).
Microbiology is the study of all living organisms that are too small to be visible to the naked eye. This includes bacteria, archaea, viruses, fungi, prions, protozoa and algae, collectively known as ‘microbes’. These microbes play key roles in nutrient cycling, biodegradation/biodeterioration, climate change, food spoilage, the cause and control of disease, and biotechnology. Thanks to their versatility, microbes can be put to work in many ways: making life-saving drugs, manufacture of biofuels, cleaning up pollution, and producing/processing food and drink (https://microbiologysociety.org/why-microbiology-matters/what-is-microbiology.html)
Microbiology is a study of microorganisms, or microbes, a diverse group of generally minute simple life-forms that include bacteria, archaea, algae, fungi, protozoa, and viruses. The field is concerned with the structure, function, and classification of such organisms and with ways of both exploiting and controlling their activities (https://www.britannica.com/science/microbiology).
In almost all the universities this programme falls under the bachelor of science or biomedical science or Medicine programme. You are going to study all micro lives from bacteria to viruses to Algae and many others.
The benefits of this programme are that you can progress to medicine if you want to or continue the field until you gain your PhD, and maybe you will find a cure for many diseases that we catch daily.
I would like to stress an important point here, the life of our loved ones is vital for our happiness, and we don’t all need to do banking or finance or literature, some of us need to do venture into fields of study that are difficult but equally important.
Please see the graph below on the numbers of students who take up scientific majors, and then you can tell me with utmost certainty why don’t have a cure for Covid19 yet:
Can you see that very few had gone to study this crucial major?
You must ask yourself why? But you may not be able to answer the question. I personally blame it on us the educators, as we do not encourage students to study the fields that are important for the continuation of humanity and reduction of the death rate.
Many universities teach this major, so if you are inclined towards studying it, contact us and we will be more than happy to consult with you on what is out there.
Stay happy and beat the virus.