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

    2. Student Walk through

    1. Introduction to Emerging respiratory viruses, including COVID-19

    2. Test your learning

    3. When and how to use a Fabric Mask

    4. Cleaning hands with soap and water

    5. Drying Hands

    6. Soap and Water demo

    7. Quiz: Practice with Soap and water

    8. Cleaning hands with alcohol-based handrub (ABHR)

    9. Alcohol-based handrub (ABHR) demo

    10. Quiz: Practice with alcohol-based handrub (ABHR)

    11. Facilities without running water

    12. Additional considerations

    13. Importance of Social (Physical) distancing explained

    14. How-to-guide for putting on and removing PPE according to contact precautions for COVID-19

    1. Surveillance

    2. Test your learning

    1. Module C: Community Engagement

    2. Module C: Quiz

    1. Lesson 1- How COVID-19 spreads in the workplace

    2. Quiz

    3. Lesson 2 - How to manage COVID-19 risk when organizing meetings & events

    4. Quiz

    5. Lesson 3 - Things to consider when you and your employees travel

    6. Quiz

    7. Lesson 4 - Getting your workplace ready in case COVID-19 arrives in your community

    8. Final Quiz

About this course

  • Free
  • 28 lessons
  • 0.5 hours of video content

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