Introduction to the course

Welcome!

Telling the complex story of COVID-19 in a way that’s accessible to audiences and rich in detail at the same time, has many moving parts. This course is designed to help you explore the fundamentals of COVID-19 before we wade deeper into the vaccine story. Once you have COVID-19 under your belt, you'll be ready to move on to our follow-up course, Let's Talk Vaccines.

 In Let's Talk COVID-19, we will explore how to report on the following topics:

  • The nature of viruses, zoonoses and the origins of COVID-19
  • The nature of SARS-CoV-2 and its variants
  • The transmission and prevention of SARS-CoV-2
  • How COVID-19 is diagnosed
  • How COVID-19 numbers are counted and why
  • How COVID-19 is treated
  • The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic

Give your audiences a clear grasp of these aspects of the pandemic to set the stage for your vaccine stories!

Before we jump in, here's a quick welcome from your instructor for this course, Dr. Jaya Shreedhar: Asia Health Media Advisor, Internews:

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