Coronavirus Prevention & Response

Course Titles and Descriptions

Acute Respiratory Illness Pandemics: Prevention and Response

For most healthy adults, seasonal viruses are not generally life-threatening. But as you’ve seen in the news, respiratory disease pandemics, such as those caused by coronaviruses or influenza, are something else. They often involve new strains of viruses to which people have developed no immunity. These kinds of viruses can spread quickly and widely, and they can pose a major global health threat. That’s why you need to know about acute respiratory illness pandemics and how to prepare for them.

Acute Respiratory Illness Pandemics: Prevention and Response (Spanish)

For most healthy adults, seasonal viruses are not generally life-threatening. But as you’ve seen in the news, acute respiratory illness pandemics, such as those caused by coronaviruses (including COVID-19) or influenza, can spread quickly and widely, and pose a major global health threat.

The main objective of this course is to make nonhealthcare workers aware of the risks of pandemics and the precautions to take to keep themselves safe. By the time the session is over, you will be able to describe what a pandemic is; identify types of viruses that can cause acute respiratory illness pandemics and recognize their symptoms; appreciate the risks of infection; prevent the spread of infection; prepare for and address a pandemic at work and at home; and react responsibly if you get sick.

 

Learning Objectives
• Describe what a pandemic is;
• Identify types of viruses that can cause acute respiratory illness pandemics and recognize their symptoms;
• Appreciate the risks of infection;
• Prevent the spread of infection;
• Prepare for and address a pandemic at work and at home; and
• React responsibly if you get sick.