This free online course on the novel coronavirus focuses on the history, symptoms, transmission and prevention of the virus that had not been previously identified in humans. Coronaviruses (CoV) are a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases, such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV). Coronaviruses are zoonotic, meaning they are transmitted between animals and people.
The course will discuss how an outbreak of the virus can result in serious consequences for the health of individuals who are infected by it, and consequences for the health resources of communities and countries where the outbreak occurs. Common signs of infection include respiratory symptoms, fever, cough, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties. In more severe cases, infection can cause pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure and even death.
The course is a unique initiative, which is based on information provided by the World Health Organisation (WHO), Geneva, Switzerland, and the CDC (Centre of Disease Control, USA). This course is part of an innovative Alison initiative to develop a rapid response global learning certification system to combat pandemic disease. This free course will be updated daily and will be available eventually in more than 100 languages. To encourage knowledge awareness and understanding about the virus and its threat, Alison has also made PDF Certification course available free of charge worldwide. By taking this course, you can keep yourself updated on how to best deal with the threat the novel coroanvirus poses to you and others. So, why wait? Start the course today and in 1-2 hours you will have gained the knowledge to help protect you, your family and your community from contracting and transmitting the novel coronavirus.
On Feb 28th 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) stated that it had raised its risk assessment relating to COVID-19 worldwide to “very high.”
On March 11th, the spread of the coronavirus was declared a Pandemic by the World Health Organization
This course was last updated on: April 22th 2020.
Upon completion of this course, you will be able to:
- Outline the origins, effects and treatment of the novel coronavirus
- Identify the signs and symptoms of the infection
- Describe the protocols for containing and limiting the transmission of the novel coronavirus
- Outline the protocols for treating novel coronavirus infections
- Discuss World Health Organization’s recommendations and precautions for helping prevent the transmission of novel coronavirus infections