Acute Respiratory Illness Pandemic Training for Healthcare Workers

Course Description:

Today, we’re going to talk about how to prepare for acute respiratory illness pandemics. For most healthy adults, seasonal viruses are not generally life-threatening. But as you’ve seen in the news, respiratory disease pandemics, such as those caused by coronaviruses or influenza, are something else. They often involve new strains of viruses to which people have developed no immunity. These kinds of viruses can spread quickly and widely, and they can pose a major global health threat. That’s why you need to know about acute respiratory illness pandemics and how to prepare for them.
Course Duration: 26 minutes

Why “Acute Respiratory Illness Pandemic Training for Healthcare Workers” Matters:

At the completion of this module, the participant will be able to:

  • Describe what a pandemic is
  • Identify viruses that cause pandemics; recognize symptoms
  • Prevent the spread of infection
  • Prepare for and address pandemic
  • React responsibly if you get sick

Key Points:

  • A pandemic is characterized by viruses that can cause illness or death; sustained person-to-person transmission of the virus; and evidence of spread throughout the world.
  • Coronaviruses and influenza viruses can cause acute respiratory illness pandemics.
  • Since you work in healthcare, you have a heightened risk of infection. Cover your cough or sneeze; wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds; and avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth. If possible, avoid close contact with coworkers who may be sick.
  • If you become sick, stay home except to get medical care.