Programme leader is editor of Frontiers in Physics, guest editor of Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (PNAS), and editorial board member of Applied Mathematics and Computation, PLoS ONE, Scientific Reports, Physical Review E, European Physical Journal B, Royal Society Open Science, Advances in Complex Systems, International Journal of Bifurcation and Chaos, Europhysics Letters, and New Journal of Physics. Other members are editors in Acta botanica Croatica, Applied ecology and environmental research, Ecologie, Annales. Series historia, Hacquetia, Scopolia, The Open zoology journal, Acrocephalus, Acta biologica slovenica.
C.04 Editorial board of an international magazine
Across Europe, the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic is causing excess deaths, placing a burden on societies and health systems, and harming the economy. Yet, European governments still have to develop a common vision to guide the management of the pandemic. Overwhelming evidence shows that not only public health, but also society and the economy benefit greatly from low COVID-19 case numbers. Vaccines will help control the virus, but not until late 2021. If we do not act now, further waves of infection are to be expected, with consequential further damage to health, society, jobs and businesses. Given open borders within Europe, a single country alone cannot keep the number of COVID-19 cases low; thus joint action and common goals among countries are essential. We, therefore, call for a strong, coordinated European response and clearly defined medium- and long-term goals.
F.21 Development of new health/diagnostic methods/proceduresCOBISS.SI-ID: 47491587
COVID-19 cases are surging across Europe. Current measures are not reducing virus spread sufficiently, and new SARS-CoV-2 variants are emerging. The B.1.1.7 and B1.351 variants, first identified in the UK and South Africa, respectively, have spread to many European countries. Although their biological properties are yet to be characterised, epidemiological data suggest these variants have a higher transmissibility. These viral properties could increase the effective reproduction number R in the population. In the case of B.1.1.7, estimates suggest R could increase from 1 to about 1.4 if there is no change in population behavior. If true, many countries that have reduced R to 1 or less will be confronted with a novel wave of viral spread despite the current measures. Once a more contagious variant has established itself, stabilising the number of new infections will become increasingly difficult.
F.21 Development of new health/diagnostic methods/proceduresCOBISS.SI-ID: 50653187