Teaching Viruses and Epidemiology Online
This playlist can be used to teach about the biology of viruses and epidemiology in an online setting. The topics covered include the structures and transmission mechanisms of viruses, zoonotic diseases, viral outbreaks, viral evolution during an outbreak, and epidemiology.
By completing the resources in this playlist, students will be able to:
- List the ways in which viruses can differ from each other.
- Identify different components and characteristics of viruses and their role in infection.
- Calculate the size of a virus relative to a human cell.
- Use information collected in case studies to distill complex, real-world data, and perform basic calculations to make decisions on the spread of an infectious disease.
- Analyze and interpret data from a scientific figure.
- Explain the term “zoonotic disease” and discuss some of the global patterns in mammals that carry these diseases.
- Use appropriate scientific terms, including “reservoir” and “spillover,” in describing a disease outbreak.
- Analyze and interpret sequence data to explain how viruses evolve over time during an outbreak.
This playlist can be used in AP/IB Biology and undergraduate college courses.