Epidemics and Pandemics
Virtual Classroom @ Your Library
Welcome to the Abilene Public Library’s Virtual Classroom. This space will offer a new place for youth, teens, and adults to learn more about a variety of topics. They may relate to the library itself, current hot topics, or subjects of general interest, and will continue to grow each month with new content.
For each lesson provided, we will share background information on the subject, links to videos to educate yourself on the topic, lesson plans for various ages, resources available at the library for further learning, and more. Plus, we’ll offer a link to a form we’d appreciate if you completed to show what you learned from participating in our classes!
|Pandemic Versus Epidemic|
|An epidemic disease is one “affecting many persons at the same time, and spreading from person to person in a locality where the disease is not permanently prevalent.” The World Health Organization (WHO) further specifies epidemic as occurring at the level of a region or community.|
|A pandemic disease is an epidemic that has spread over a large area, that is, it’s “prevalent throughout an entire country, continent, or the whole world.”|
|History of Pandemics|
|The Flu in Context: Epidemics, Vaccines and Prevention|
|Pandemics through the years -- includes videos on Small pox and the Spanish flu.||Grades 5-12|
|PBS Learning Media||The Spread of Disease | STEAM: Ideas That Shape Our World|
|How do microbes spread?|
Cholera spread from wetlands in India to people all over the world. Like many microbes, it made the leap to humans when humans moved into wildlife habitats, then it spread through global transportation networks and crowded, unsanitary cities.
|Tracking Contagion: Ebola|
The mixing of humans and wildlife in the same habitat led to the transfer of the Ebola virus from fruit bats to humans in 2014
|Tracking Contagion: West Nile Virus|
Disrupted habitats for birds, and a decline in bird species that eat mosquitoes, may have contributed to the outbreak of West Nile virus in the United States.
|Tracking Contagion: Lyme Disease|
Urbanization in the Northeast U.S. drove away some tick-eating animals, increasing the population of ticks.
Scientists can use knowledge of how disease spreads to predict where an outbreak is most likely to happen next.
|PBS Learning Media |
State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness Resources
|National Benchmarks for Science Literacy|
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Past Pandemics. August 10, 2018 https://www.cdc.gov/flu/pandemic-resources/basics/past-pandemics.html
Jarus, Owen. 20 of the worst epidemics and pandemics in history. LIVESCIENCE. accessed September, 1, 2020. https://www.livescience.com/worst-epidemics-and-pandemics-in-history.htm
Geo History History of major epidemics and pandemics April 10, 2020 12:21 https://www.youtube.com/watch?
Pandemic: What It Is and What It Means for You. (2020). Retrieved 9 October 2020, from https://www.healthline.com/health/what-is-a-pandemic#takeaway
Pandemics That Changed History History.com Editors, HISTORY https://www.history.com/topics/middle-ages/pandemics-timeline October 9, 2020 A&E Television Networks Last updated May 19, 2020 original published date February 27, 2019
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Wellcome Library, London. Wellcome Images firstname.lastname@example.org http://wellcomeimages.org Chart of Mortality in the Great Plague in London, 1665 to 1666 The Great Plague in London in 1665 Walter George Bell Published: - Copyrighted work available under Creative Commons Attribution only licence CC BY 4.0 http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
Wikipedia contributors. "List of epidemics." Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, 30 Aug. 2020. Web. 1 Sep. 2020.
World Health Organization Emergency preparedness, response 1996-2020 https://www.who.int/csr/don/archive/year/2020/en/ July 31, 2020
The Worst Outbreaks in U.S. History. (2020). Retrieved 9 October 2020, from https://www.healthline.com/health/worst-disease-outbreaks-history#covid-19