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Quarantine Corner

While classes are online and socializing is limited, here are some things to break the boredom.

Our Access to Educational Videos

Your affiliation* to the University of Maryland, College Park gives you access to many resources. Through the library, you have access to numerous databases and some of them are film based! If you want educational videos of pandemics this is the place to go! Below are some videos and specific databases to start your research!

*Not all affiliates have access to these resources, there is more information on that here.

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Epidemics : the Invisible Threat (52:16)

When is a new global epidemic going to strike? This in-depth investigation examines the invisible threat of new viruses emerging in the animal kingdom at an unprecedented rate. In the space of 60 years, over 350 new infectious diseases have appeared, including SARS, H1N1, H5N1 and Ebola. This film traces three threatening viruses that have been transmitted from animals to humans: the H7N9 flu virus in Asia; the Mers-CoV virus, related to SARS, active in the Middle East; and the Ebola virus, which is striking terror in West Africa. Researchers are recognizing that a "one health" approach, in which we look at habitat loss and ecosystem breakdown as well as human health, will be crucial for prevention.

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Preparing for the Pandemic (20:48)

The world stands on the edge of a flu pandemic, according to the world's leading experts. The results, they predict, will be catastrophic. Millions of deaths, economies and civil society in chaos, political life undermined or destroyed. A doomsday scenario! Such outbreaks happen two or three times every hundred years. We are due one now--and the avian flu strain H5N1 is the most likely candidate for a future pandemic. The last catastrophic flu pandemic was in 1918, just after World War I. No one really knows, but it's estimated it killed between 50 and 100 million people--more than twice as many as had died in the war itself. H1N1 is the strain responsible for this worst epidemic in recorded history. Almost a century later, H5N1--an avian flu strain--could do exactly the same thing. The challenge now is to develop a vaccine before the pandemic arrives.

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Infection: history (51:02)

As a history of infection and contagion, this program tells a story of clever science and dumb luck, horror and hope. Filmed at locations worldwide, the video traces the battles fought against humanity's oldest foes: diseases such as yellow fever, malaria, syphilis, cholera, smallpox, tuberculosis, polio, and perhaps the deadliest pandemic of all, AIDS. Health workers and epidemiologists on the front lines discuss the dynamics of combating disease, particularly in Africa, where AIDS ravages the continent. The growing problem of antibiotic resistance is also examined. Experts include Dr. David Ho, a virologist at the Pasteur Institute in Paris who has developed some of the most effective HIV drugs.

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Fighting Pandemics (44:12)

Much as technology leaps forward during times of war, the Ebola outbreak that began in 2014 is forcing medical science to evolve as quickly as the virus it's fighting. This horror is provoking a revolution that may give birth to a world virtually free of pathogens ... and we are watching this seismic shift as it happens. Scientists and medical practitioners working at the front lines of disease prevention and control are finding breakthrough ways to fight pandemic viruses, from antibiotics and vaccines to computer programs that predict how viruses spread. These life-saving tools, battle-tested in the current crisis, will be used to fight a wide range of killer viruses in the near future.

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Teaching the Science (14:09)

This programme presents four top UK scientists in who are playing an international role in the battle against the Swine Flu pandemic threat. Contributors include Dr. Othmar Engelhardt, a scientist at the National Institute for Biological Standards and Control (and HPA affiliated lab) who helped crack the genetic code of the current virus and develop a Swine Flu vaccine. Dr. Tarit Mukhopadhyay is a bio-chemical engineer at UCL advising the government on the most efficient methods for producing vast amounts of vaccine as quickly as possible. Professor Wendy Barclay of Imperial College, London is an influenza specialist who is on constant lookout for Swine Flu virus mutations, and Professor Neil Ferguson at the Medical Research Council is one of the world's top advisors and biological modellers who predicts the potential impact of the pandemic. Our contributors answer a series of questions posed by our contributing science teachers, including Why are young people at greater risk?

TEDTalks: Larry Brilliant—TED Prize Wish, Help Stop the Next Pandemic

TEDTalks: Larry Brilliant—TED Prize Wish, Help Stop the Next Pandemic (25:49)

One way or another, philanthropic epidemiologist Larry Brilliant has spent his career solving the ills of today. Now he wants to take on the ills of tomorrow. Accepting the 2006 TED Prize, Brilliant talks about how smallpox was eradicated from the planet and calls for a new global system that can detect, identify, and contain emerging pandemics before they can spread.

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