I walked by the elementary school in my neighborhood; the schoolyard is empty and quiet. I miss the laughter of school children walking to and from school. This is the new norm since early March 2020, in Washington state, due to the Covid-19 virus.
John Hopkins University is offering a free class Covid-19 Contact Tracing, via Coursera, an online learning platform. It is a five hour class teaching the history of SARS-CoV-2 , including the infectious period, and evidence on how this virus is transmitted. Usually earning a Certificate from a Coursera class is $49; the certificate fee is waived for this course.
This class demonstrates how contact tracing is conducted and details important ethical considerations around contact tracing, isolation, and quarantine. The course identifies barriers to contact tracing, and offers strategies on overcoming them. I learned a lot from this class, including how sensitive this topic is and how quickly it spreads from close contact.
The most important take away for me was how to invoke empathy, active listening, and offering assistance when speaking to someone infected with Covid-19. This virus is a global pandemic. It does not discriminate who it attacks. The world is learning more about this virus overtime. Mean while, we need work together to effectively treat people who are infected and isolate them from infecting others. Not an easy task due to numerous causes.
This course is a great place to start to learn about Covid-19. There are videos and questions to check your knowledge. There is a an assessment consisting of 40 questions and you need to score at least 85% to earn a Certificate. You can retake the exam. I passed the first time. I took notes and paid attention to the videos. Even if you decide not to take the assessment; I think the knowledge gained from this class is worth your time.