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Module 6: The Virus

The Story...

As Tash continues his quarantine following his testing positive for COVID-19, he receives a follow-up phone call from the Department of Public Health, a contact tracer, and his primary care physician. Though his symptoms remain relatively mild, he understands that not everyone his age has such a mild case. June, one of his best friends from school told him a story about a family friend she knows who contracted the virus at a nursing home. What happens to your body when you contract the coronavirus? Why is there such a variation in severity between cases?

Performance Expectations

  • Find evidence to support a claim that a virus is either “alive” or “not alive.”
  • Construct an explanation of how the SARS-CoV-2 virus enters a host cell and how specificity plays a role in host cell recognition.
  • Apply scientific ideas and evidence for the role of the Central Dogma in viral replication.
  • Explain the specifics of how the SARS-CoV-2 virus takes over a host cell in order to replicate and make many copies of itself.
  • Connect how mutation plays a role in viral evolution and how this plays affects the ability of a virus to infect its host.
  • Distinguish between the symptoms of COVID-19 and the potential complications that accompany a severe case.
  • Investigate lung function and how ventilators help people breathe if they have Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome associated with COVID-19.
  • Relate how inflammation is associated with COVID-19 and case severity.
  • Differentiate case severity associated with preexisting conditions and demographics.

Module 6 Challenges