PHOTOS: Humanity versus disease showcased as London’s Science Museum reopens doors amid Covid-19

Exhibits showcasing humanity's battle with infectious disease will greet visitors recently emerged from coronavirus lockdowns when London's Science Museum re-opens its doors next week after its longest closure since World War II. "Medicine: The Wellcome Galleries" tracks medical advances through history, and its timely displays include an iron lung used for polio patients in the 1950s, an isolation trolley from the 1970s, PPE from the Ebola epidemic and statistics on the effectiveness of vaccinations. The five galleries, which initially opened in November 2019, "are very relevant of course for the COVID-19 pandemic," the museum's deputy director Julia Knights told. The deep-cleaned museum will re-open on Aug 19, and is offering free timed tickets online to a reduced number of visitors to allow for social distancing and manage footfall in London's museum district, which also includes the Natural History Museum and the Victoria and Albert Museum.

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Employees walk past the sculpture 'Self-Conscious Gene' by Marc Quinn ahead of the reopening of the Science Museum, after lockdown restrictions were eased following the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), London, Britain, August 10, 2020. (REUTERS)

Employees walk past the sculpture 'Self-Conscious Gene' by Marc Quinn ahead of the reopening of the Science Museum, after lockdown restrictions were eased following the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), London, Britain, August 10, 2020. (REUTERS)

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An employee cleans exhibits ahead of the reopening of the Science Museum, after lockdown restrictions were eased following the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), London, Britain, August 10, 2020. (REUTERS)

An employee cleans exhibits ahead of the reopening of the Science Museum, after lockdown restrictions were eased following the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), London, Britain, August 10, 2020. (REUTERS)

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Exhibits cleaned by employees ahead of the reopening of the Science Museum, after lockdown restrictions were eased following the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), London, Britain, August 10, 2020. (REUTERS)

Exhibits cleaned by employees ahead of the reopening of the Science Museum, after lockdown restrictions were eased following the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), London, Britain, August 10, 2020. (REUTERS)

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Employees clean exhibits ahead of the reopening of the Science Museum, after lockdown restrictions were eased following the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), London, Britain, August 10, 2020. (REUTERS)

Employees clean exhibits ahead of the reopening of the Science Museum, after lockdown restrictions were eased following the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), London, Britain, August 10, 2020. (REUTERS)

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Jon Kaddish, Visitor Experience Operations Manager, holds social distancing signage near a replica of the Apollo 11 Lunar Module, ahead of the reopening of the Science Museum, after lockdown restrictions were eased following the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), London, Britain, August 10, 2020. (REUTERS)

Jon Kaddish, Visitor Experience Operations Manager, holds social distancing signage near a replica of the Apollo 11 Lunar Module, ahead of the reopening of the Science Museum, after lockdown restrictions were eased following the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), London, Britain, August 10, 2020. (REUTERS)

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Employees clean exhibits ahead of the reopening of the Science Museum, after lockdown restrictions were eased following the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), London, Britain, August 10, 2020. (REUTERS)

Employees clean exhibits ahead of the reopening of the Science Museum, after lockdown restrictions were eased following the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), London, Britain, August 10, 2020. (REUTERS)

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