This course is an introduction to Microorganisms with more emphasis on Viruses. It consists of a brief introduction regarding what viruses are, how it propagates, the mechanism of infection to a host cell, immune response and an introduction to DNA. In addition, we will discuss how to avoid infections by microorganisms, introduction to the terms epidemic and pandemic events and how to respond to such events.
This course will be presented as a PowerPoint presentation with examples and images. It will require interaction from participants as it is structured into four weeks for a duration of one hour per session
Week 1: What is a Virus?
* Characteristics/Morphology History and Importance * Coronavirus Covid-19 * History * Covid19 facts
Week 2: Infection and Prevention
* Infection * Transmission * Common Symptoms * Diagnosis * Antibodies * Antibodies Production * Treatment * Prevention
Week 3: How to Avoid Epidemic / Pandemic Events?
* Epidemic * Pandemic * Measurements
Week 4: At-Home Experiment presentations
Students will make home-made agar plates and test hygiene efficiency against microorganisms growth.