For the first half of the webinar, Barb Bancroft will provide a fascinating overview of zoonoses (HIV, SARS, MERS, EBOLA and COVID-19), defined as the spread of infectious diseases from animals to humans. From horseshoe bats and "civet cats" to chimpanzees and camels, pigs and pangolins, we-as humans-are experiencing devastating infectious diseases passed from animal hosts to our population. Topics will include how this happened, how it can be stopped, and how we can be better prepared for the next global pandemic.
For the second half, Bancroft will focus on SARS-CoV 2, the coronavirus responsible for COVID-19. Discussion will include the changing signs and symptoms, the changing "at-risk" groups, the immunologic response and overwhelming inflammatory response in the critically ill patients. Why aren't kids as susceptible-or are they? What is the role of the asymptomatic carrier? How effective are masks? When will a vaccine be available, and how effective will it be? This is a "can't miss" seminar for everyone interested in the current situation and how to prevent a repeat in the not-so-distant future.
Class notes: This is a live event. Within 24 hours of the webinar, you will receive an email with a link to the session. All participants require internet access and an email address. Upon successful completion, two (2) continuing education contact hours will be awarded to nurses, nursing home administrators, occupational therapists, physical therapists, dietitians, respiratory care technicians, counselors and social workers. Use the name and address on file with your professional licensing agency when you register. After successfully completing the course, you'll get a certificate of completion by email and can sign in to the KCC Continuing Education site to print your certificate anytime.