COVID-19: History, Spread and Mitigation

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Hours: 4   Approvals: ARF, RCFE, GH, STRTP

The story of COVID-19 begins in a live animal and seafood market in Wuhan, China, where scientists believe the virus jumped species from a snake to a human. The virus quickly spread across the globe crippling the world economy and testing public health systems.  Largely unprepared, the U.S. health system did its best to respond to an overwhelming rise in cases and deaths.  Complicating prevention efforts, many individuals refused to wear masks and practice social distancing—a point of view shared by President Trump.    Students will learn how the elderly, disabled, and residents of long-term care are the most vulnerable to severe symptoms and have the highest mortality rates.  Finally, the course looks at treatment options, vaccination development, and mitigation protocols for residential care.

Course Objectives:
Understand the difference between typical coronavirus and the current novel COIVD-19 coronavirus
Trace the history and statistics of COVID-19 and its global spread.
Learn the limited treatment options, testing, and use of ventilators for the most ill.
Learn specific mitigation protocols for COVID-19 in long-term care settings
Learn how social distancing and wearing masks are vital to minimizing community spread.
Learn how COVID-19 disproportionally impacts the elderly, disabled, and mentally ill.
Learn the remarkable speed at which pharmaceutical companies such as Pfizer  and Moderna developed successful vaccines.