Pandemics: Past and Present

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From outbreak to epidemic to pandemic. Calls for flattening the curve, social distancing, and face masks. A 12-slide presentation details pandemics and strategies for containment and mitigation of infectious diseases.

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Instructional Ideas
  • Have groups investigate the current status of vaccine development and availability
  • Have other groups investigate the social and political pressures that influenced the response to the Pandemic of 1918 and compare those pressures to the response to the COVID-19 pandemic
Classroom Considerations
  • The second of two lessons from the COVID-19 Science series
  • Data in the slides are from April 2020 and does not represent current information
  • Includes charts that show how different cities responded to the virus and the effectiveness of their strategies
  • Information is dated