Pawn to c3. Pawn to h6. Knight to a3. Chess players are known to make a mental map of their future moves. The goal: be as prepared as possible by predicting an opponent’s potential moves and formulating a response, even if that response ends up unnecessary. Think of an epidemiologist as an advanced chess player, an individual who studies the world’s patterns of infectious diseases to stay several steps ahead of viral threats. Thanks to Abbott’s Pandemic Defense Coalition (APDC), future Virus Hunters can learn from the public health-equivalent to chess grandmasters: highly experienced infectious disease experts — including epidemiologists and virologists — who have worked through outbreaks, endemics, epidemics and pandemics.