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How Pandemics Spread

How Pandemics Spread

This is a TED-Ed video that helps launch a series on how things work.  In our increasingly globalized world, a single infected person can board a plane and spread a virus across continents. Mark Honigsbaum describes the history of pandemics and how that knowledge can help halt future outbreaks.


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Whitney Holden, Ph.D.
5 years ago
This video is good for several reasons. It is a short (~7 minute) introduction to pandemics in the modern world, as well as historical examples. I love the "eerie" quality of the narration, which is sure to get student attention. And like with other Ted-Ed videos, it links to a web page with multiple choice and open response questions that can be used in class or for homework. I also like the focus on antigenic shift with influenza, which is still creating new flu strains and leading to new flu pandemics today. I am currently prepping a unit on "The Apocalypse" in an infectious disease class, and I think I can use this in the introduction.
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