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Challenge 1: Why don’t antibiotics work against COVID-19?

Learning Targets:

  • I can recognize the differences between bacteria and viruses.
  • I can explain why antibiotics aren’t used to treat people with COVID-19.
Estimated Time: 30 minutes

Activity 1: Recognize the differences between bacteria and viruses.


Viruses and Bacteria: What’s the difference and who cares anyway?


Reflect & Discuss

  • If viruses aren’t alive, how come they can make people so sick?
  • What’s the downside of simply trying an antibiotic when someone is sick?
  • What are some viruses other than coronavirus? What treatments can you think of for these other viruses?


With a partner, using online search tools, draw a diagram of a virus and a bacteria. Label the parts.


Your answers and diagram with the class. Be prepared to explain how you chose the websites you used to create your diagram.