Course Overview

This course provides a general introduction to emerging respiratory viruses, including novel coronaviruses. By the end of this course, you should be able to describe:

  • The nature of emerging respiratory viruses, how to detect and assess an outbreak, strategies for preventing and controlling outbreaks due to novel respiratory viruses;
  • What strategies should be used to communicate risk and engage communities to detect, prevent and respond to the emergence of a novel respiratory virus.

There are resources attached to each module to help you dive further into this topic.

Learning objective: Describe the fundamental principles of emerging respiratory viruses and how to effectively respond to an outbreak.

Course duration: Approximately 1 hour.

Certificates: A Record of Achievement certificate will be available to participants who score at least 80% of the total points available across all of the quizzes.

As the official disease name was established after material creation, any mention of nCoV refers to COVID-19, the infectious disease caused by the most recently discovered coronavirus.


Course curriculum

  • 1

    Welcome to the course!

    • Welcome
    • Student Walk through
  • 2

    Module A: Introduction to Emerging respiratory viruses, including COVID-19

    • Introduction to Emerging respiratory viruses, including COVID-19
    • Test your learning
    • When and how to use a Fabric Mask
    • Cleaning hands with soap and water
    • Drying Hands
    • Soap and Water demo
    • Quiz: Practice with Soap and water
    • Cleaning hands with alcohol-based handrub (ABHR)
    • Alcohol-based handrub (ABHR) demo
    • Quiz: Practice with alcohol-based handrub (ABHR)
    • Facilities without running water
    • Additional considerations
    • Importance of Social (Physical) distancing explained
    • The Foot and Elbow bump greeting?
    • How-to-guide for putting on and removing PPE according to contact precautions for COVID-19
    • COVID-19 : South African Resource Portal
  • 3

    Module B: Detecting Emerging respiratory viruses, including COVID-19: Surveillance

    • Surveillance
    • Test your learning
  • 4

    Module C: Community Engagement

    • Module C: Community Engagement
    • Module C: Quiz
  • 5

    Getting your workplace ready for COVID-19

    • Lesson 1- How COVID-19 spreads in the workplace
    • Quiz
    • Lesson 2 - How to manage COVID-19 risk when organizing meetings & events
    • Quiz
    • Lesson 3 - Things to consider when you and your employees travel
    • Quiz
    • Lesson 4 - Getting your workplace ready in case COVID-19 arrives in your community
    • Quiz
  • 6

    Next steps

    • More resources for you

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