Coronavirus: Fear Vs. Fact

Coronavirus: Fear Vs. Fact


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Recommended Ages: This class is ideal for students ages 10-17. Younger students will be accepted. No need to ask permission, we trust that you know your child’s abilities better than we do.

Start Date: April 2. Course consists of 1 lesson plan. No live meeting- view the lessons on YOUR schedule. You will have until April 8 to finish the class.

Price: $15

Space Available: This class is now full. I am considering offering a 2nd session. Please join the waitlist below to be notified if that opens.

In this class, we will be focusing on learning the scientific facts about the Corona virus. It is my firm belief that when we are educated about something and understand it, we don’t fear it as much. There is so much fear surrounding this pandemic, and much of it due to fear of the unknown. My goal is to alleviate fear through knowledge! Because the only thing we want to spread around the world is education!

While our classes are always designed in a way that allows students to work through the material independently with limited parental involvement required, for this class I highly recommend that parents sit down and take it with their children. I want this to be a catalyst for children to feel safe to ask questions. Discuss the issues with them that are brought up by the lesson and the inevitable questions. Research the answers together. Because together we will get through this!

We’ll be covering 10 major questions in this class:
1. What is a virus? We’ll break it down to its very structure and compare and contrast viruses to cells.
2. How does a virus get inside of me? We’ll learn all about how viruses must invade cells in order to reproduce. We’ll get a solid mini genetics lesson and learn about DNA viruses, RNA viruses, and how the enter cells and use them as virus factories! We’ll also discuss whether viruses can evolve or not.
3. What is the Corona virus? Now that we understand the basics of viruses, we’ll focus specifically on the Corona virus. This section will discuss the type of virus it is, the types of cells it invades, and the different names it is called- both the proper names we should call the virus and the names we should not call it.
4. Where did the virus come from? We’ll look at the origins of the virus, both from a geographical point of view and a scientific point of view (zoonotic transmission).
5. How did the virus spread so fast? From the first person infected in Wuhan in late 2019, we’ll follow the trail of this virus as it became a worldwide pandemic….from how the infection began, to what an incubation period is, to how it was transmitted around the globe. We’ll also discuss the difference between an epidemic and a pandemic.
6. What is being done to stop the spread? We’ll look at the actions being taken by different levels- from governments to individuals- to stop the virus in its tracks. Things like border closures, stay at home orders, and good hygienic practices will be discussed, as well as new terms we are hearing all the time now- social distancing and flattening the curve.
7. What are the symptoms? Here we will discuss what the symptoms of infection are, how they progress, how long they typically last, and who is at the most risk. We’ll also learn about how the virus is tested for and when a test is necessary and when it is not.
8. Is there a cure? We’ll turn to what treatments are available currently and treatments that are being tested (specifically Remdesivir, Hydroxychloroquine and Chloroquine). Then, we’ll cover how the immune system works- specifically the response of cytotoxic t-cells, natural killer cells, interferons, and antibodies to viral invasion . That will lead into a discuss of how vaccines work and the current state of developing a vaccine for COVID-19.
9. What are the statistics? We’re going to look at some hard data and learn about how to put the numbers the news is constantly throwing at you into some much needed perspective! We’ll be using a tracking website to create our own daily graphs to track the incidences of COVID-19 worldwide and locally and the deaths. We’ll then compare that to population data.
10. Will life ever be back to normal? We’ll discuss what the future holds and how this too shall pass!

The lesson consists of over 120 slides of fully narrated powerpoint with embedded images and videos to enhance the topics. Students use our learning management system, Canvas, for viewing their lesson plan, printing their worksheet, taking their quiz, and getting project ideas to expand on their learning after the class! Expect 2.5-4 hours to complete the course. Please note: This class will not be completing projects for a grade/instructor feedback. However, feel free to contact your instructor if you have any questions about what you’re learning!

OPTIONAL: If students want to create their own data graphs with me, please sign them up for a FREE account at


Our course begins with the first step for generating great user experiences: understanding what people do, think, say, and feel. In this module, you’ll learn how to keep an open mind while learning.

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