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The Coronavirus Threat:
Key Topics in Infection Control




Access each module directly from the listing below. You can also download all modules to your device
by first installing WiRED's HealthMAP app, then downloading the "Coronavirus Threat Package."


Core topics

Coronavirus. The module offers a general introduction to the new coronavirus (COVID-19) and describes the infection and its close relationship to other coronaviruses, how it is spread, its incubation period and symptoms, treatment and most important — its prevention.


Coping with Stress during COVID-19 Outbreak. Based on Department of Veterans Affairs’ PTSD guidelines, this module presents information about the impact of the virus pandemic and practical steps to reduce stress. Module recommendations can help people maintain healthy hygiene habits and stay calm and connected.


How the Immune System Works. This module explains the immune system and its functions as well as discussing vaccines and microbes.


Airborne Diseases. This module defines airborne diseases, identifies their causes and tells how to avoid contracting them. An airborne disease is any respiratory disease which is caused by pathogens, or germs, that are sent out through the air. Examples of airborne diseases are measles, chicken pox, influenza and tuberculosis.


Understanding Communicable Diseases. This module presents an overview of infection control, preparedness and modes of transmission of infectious diseases.


Handwashing. This module is specifically targeted to general audiences and includes information about handwashing such as importance, protocols, challenges, use of sanitizers and handwashing stations.



Related topics

Pneumonia, Part 1. Pneumonia is an infection in one or both of the lungs. Certain types of bacteria, viruses, fungi, or parasites can cause pneumonia. Pneumonia is of a particular concern at the age of 65 or older, and if a patient has a chronic illness or impaired immune system. This module provides an overview of pneumonia and the outlook for those with pneumonia.


Pneumonia, Part 2. This module provides the signs, symptoms and complications of pneumonia.


Upper Respiratory Tract Infections, Part 1. The upper respiratory tract consists of the nose, nasal cavity, larynx, trachea, and some of the sinuses and air cells. Upper respiratory tract infections include the common cold, influenza, laryngitis, pharyngitis, sinusitis, tonsillitis, and croup (in children). This module is specifically targeted to general audiences and contains information about the causes, symptoms, diagnosis and treatment of upper respiratory tract infections.


Upper Respiratory Tract Infections, Part 2. This module describes the common cold versus allergic rhinitis, sinusitis, chronic rhinosinusitis, laryngitis and pharyngitis.


Influenza (Flu). Influenza, or "flu," is a contagious respiratory infection caused by several flu viruses. It may look like the common cold because it infects the same organs (nose, throat, lungs) and has similar symptoms. Influenza can cause mild to severe illness, and at times it can lead to death. This module describes influenza (the flu), discusses who is at highest risk, how to prevent it and how to treat it.