Our Invisible Deadly Enemies: Pandemics (LS-TR-343)

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This learning scenario is based on the recent global problem, Covid-19 and other pandemics during our history. Throughout history, nothing has killed more human beings than the viruses, bacteria and parasites that cause disease. Not natural disasters like earthquakes or volcanoes. Not war – not even close.

Getting to learn more about Pandemics

Covid-19 reminds us, is that infectious diseases haven’t vanished. In fact, there are more new ones now than ever: the number of new infectious diseases like Sars, HIV and Covid-19 has increased by nearly fourfold over the past century.  In this learning scenario, students will gather information about infectious diseases that are accepted pandemic and killed millions of people.They will discuss possible solutions and how to take precuations against our deadly invisible enemies to avoid similar ones in the future.

Getting help from Europeana

After implementation of this learning scenario, thanks to new Europeana , students will get more informed about the pandemics. New Europeana offers  inspiring cultural heritage from European museums, galleries, libraries and archives. With the coronavirus pandemic, people all over the world have become more aware of the best practices during pandemic , from careful hand-washing to social distancing.  In this learning scenario, my students used collections from New Europeana for taking measures against Covid-19. Washing hands is an important part of personal hygiene, social distancing prevents the contraction and spread of disease .You can find a lot of educational resources about pandemics in recently updated Europeana galleries.

Teacher’s remarks

This learning scenario was created during Covid-19 lockdown . While it was initially seen to be an epidemic in China, the virus spread worldwide within months. The WHO declared Covid-19 a pandemic in March, and by the end of that month, the world saw more than a half-million people infected and nearly 30,000 deaths. We brace ourselves for something we can’t see. Something we didn’t see coming even when the bells were going off big time. But we can learn from pandemics in history to determine our best courses for the future ones like Covid-19. As for being a vice headmaster and closure of the schools, i couldnt have chance to implement it with my students. Neverthless, you can easily implement it in all grades from primary to upper secondary. New Europeana, with its recently updated galleries, will help you and your students to reach information easily in this process .

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CC BY 4.0: the featured image used to illustrate this article has been found on Europeana Collections and provided by the Wellcome Collection.

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