Online Course – Science Matters: Let’s Talk About COVID-19

This is a beginner-level, online short course offered by Imperial College London that will take approximately six hours to complete. 

The outbreak of the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) is the most significant public health emergency of the 21st century so far. As the epidemic spreads, people around the world want to understand the science behind the most pressing questions: how many people have been infected? How dangerous is the virus? When will a vaccine be available? How can the epidemic be contained, and the damages mitigated? What is the economic impact? What’s the role of social media and local communities in the epidemic response?

Researchers at the Abdul Latif Jameel Institute for Disease and Emergency Analytics (J-IDEA) and other research institutes at Imperial College London have been at the forefront of the response to the COVID-19 emergency, with clinical, epidemiological and social science analyses informing the outbreak response. They are generating robust empirical evidence that governments and international agencies are using around the world to plan their responses.

  • What you will learn
    – To be aware of the scale of the emerging outbreak and know how to track trends using reliable sources of information
    – To recognize the key scientific underpinnings of evidence-based outbreak control methods
    – To recognize the importance of community involvement, multidisciplinary working and global cooperation in outbreak response
    – About how infectious disease modeling informs strategic and operational response at the local, national, and international level.
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