Viruses

Health & Science

Requirements

  • Describe or discuss the following with a group. If necessary research possible answers to these topics so that you can make meaningful contributions to the group.
    • What does the word virus mean? Explain the controversy regarding whether it is alive or not.
    • Name the distinctive characteristics of viruses and why they’re not included in any kingdom.
    • Name some morphological shapes of viruses and give an example of each.
    • Explain the importance of vaccines to combat viruses. How do they work?
    • Describe how viruses reproduce and how the genetic modifications called mutations occur and viral resistance.
    • Have viral diseases ever been eradicated? Why is it difficult to treat patients with viral diseases?
  • Through pictures, video, or detailed descriptions, explain the difference in the following exanthematous or rash diseases:
    • Rubella
    • Measles
    • Chickenpox
  • Choose three of the following viral diseases and describe their form of infection, symptoms and prevention. Demonstrate your learning creatively through a display, presentation, or prepared speech:
    • Cholera
    • Herpes
    • AIDS
    • Mumps
    • Poliomyelitis
    • Meningitis
    • Hepatitis
    • Dengue
  • Explain the difference between a cold and the flu. Why does the influenza virus cause periodic epidemics (like the Spanish flu, avian flu, H1N1, etc.)?
  • What is the difference between a virus and a prion? Name a disease caused by a prion.
  • Done one of the following:
    • Give a brief report about a viral pandemic and the impact it had / is having on the world.
    • Create a skit, multimedia presentation, or other interactive display that informs a 3rd world audience to the danger of one or more of these viruses and gives them training in how to combat or control the virus.
    • Have an Aid/relief worker give a talk or presentation about epidemics and virus control in third-world countries. Raise money as a group to support aid relief in the country/(ies) the worker tells you about.


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