Since the 1950s, naturalist and media personality Sir David Attenborough has made it his mission to educate the public about the wonders of the natural world through an impressive catalogue of books and documentaries.
His life's work has earned him an enviable collection of awards — including the honor of knighthood — and has also made him a beloved icon both in the United Kingdom and throughout the world.
Of course, while they're not often the first thing we picture when we imagine nature, it's true that viruses are just as much of a part of it as anything else. And considering what crises they can responsible for, it's certainly not hard to appreciate the importance of understanding them as intimately as any plant or animal life.
And a recent interview makes it clear that Attenborough understands the consequences that can come from a lack of understanding about how they work as well as anyone.