Nursing CPD Institute

History of Pandemics and the Novel Coronavirus

CPD Hours: 1
Current as at 26 August 2021
We will discuss how COVID 19 presents and explore the signs and symptoms comparing a mild presentation to a life-threatening situation. This webinar is vital knowledge for all nurses, paramedics, and midwives, regardless of your speciality and area you work in.

“Identify the four most common signs and symptoms of COVID 19”

Course Content

In this session, we are going to explore the history and characteristics of pandemics.

During 1918, the world suffered a severe pandemic, named ‘The Spanish Flu’ where it was estimated approximately 50 million people died, and the majority were healthy young adults. We will then examine the presentation and pathophysiology of the novel coronavirus (COVID 19).

We will discuss how COVID 19 presents and explore the signs and symptoms comparing a mild presentation to a life-threatening situation. This webinar is vital knowledge for all nurses, paramedics, and midwives, regardless of your speciality and area you work in.

Learning Outcomes

In this session you will:

  • Review the term ‘Zoonotic’ infection, and how it relates to animal transmission
  • Discuss the characteristics of the 1918 Spanish Influenza. Explain why COVID 19 was called a ‘Novel Coronavirus’ and the characteristic appearance through an electron microscope
  • Identify the four most common signs and symptoms of COVID 19
  • Examine the complications of COVID 19, and in the discussion outline how Acute Respiratory Disorder (ARDS) and cytokine storm relates to increased mortality

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