As we move into the next phases of the pandemic, here are some courses and reading tools to help navigate these uncharted waters. I know there are many, many other useful tools and resources to deepen knowledge about coronaviruses and pandemics, and that this is just a small selection of what’s out there.
COVID-19 online courses I’ve found especially useful
FutureLearn partners with academic institutions to offer a bunch of COVID-19 and coronavirus-related courses. I signed up for Plagues, Pestilence and Pandemics and COVID-19: Tackling the Novel Coronavirus taking the latter twice – first in March at the beginning of the lockdown, then an updated version in May. I also wanted to get a better understanding of the responsibilities administered by nurses during a pandemic/humanitarian crisis, so took Introduction to Nursing: the Role of Nurses around the World.
These courses were massively informative and attended by participants from a wide range of backgrounds, including some who were themselves disease and health experts and professionals.
The MOOC platform has since added new COVID courses to the mix. These include: COVID-19 Global Health Perspectives; COVID-19 Psychological Impact, Wellbeing and Mental Health; COVID-19 Adapting Child Protection Case Management and more.
Wanting to learn more about the SARS CoV-2 trajectory, I found online courses with John Hopkins University, having used its free online centre to track COVID trends. The first was the four-module Understanding the COVID-19 that covers Virology, Testing and Preventing COVID-19; Diagnosing, Treating and Preventing COVID-19; Medical Therapies and Vaccines in Development; and, finally, Epidemiology – Understanding the Spread of COVID-19.
I’m currently on the second course – COVID-19 Contact Tracing, that’s offered in partnership with MOOC platform, Coursera.
Make sure to seize the opportunity of learning with leading publishers and media outlets offering free to access articles and webinars, complete with up-to-the-minute business and financial insights. These include Financial Times #FTfreetoread; New York Times; Washington Post among others. The leading international medical journal, The Lancet, is also a key fount of Covid-19 knowledge.
United Nations international public health body: World Health Organisation