A Short History of Pandemic Disease
Our attention has been riveted by the global spread of the novel Coronavirus now designated as COVID-19/SARS-CoV-2. Many significant questions are still under investigation: how did it start? When will it end? how do we get accurate data? what lasting damage is done to survivors? will there be vaccines or cures? why has there been such differential impact between communities? This course will examine these questions through three different lenses – (1) Historical, (2) Technological and (3) Environmental. The Historical allows us to look back at previous pandemics to examine similarities and differences. The Technological will allow us to examine the impact of newly emerged capabilities such as genomic epidemiology and vaccine “platforms”. The Environmental will allow us to consider the impact of human expansion and climate change resulting in contact with animal species with unusual viral profiles, thus increasing the odds of the repeated emergence of zoonotic disease.
Date & Time
Weekly on Wednesday
Oct 14, 2020 through Nov 11, 2020
10:30AM - 12:30PM