Global Resilience Institute of Northeastern University recently launched a new online class that provides practical, up-to-date, and scientifically proven answers during the COVID-19 phase. This hour-long course is free and accessible to anyone. The main objective is to provide a credible, digestible collection of skills to help in managing and surviving the pandemic. Additionally, it has launched a complimentary website as well.
Stephen Flynn is the founding director of the Global Resilience Institute. He says that this course is specially designed for young people who, even though they are least likely to get affected, play a crucial role in the spread of the disease. The modules provide science-based solutions and advice from scientists, researchers, and health-care providers. The topics include how to master washing your hands; avoid touching your face to reduce risk; manage your household; disinfect your surfaces; properly use masks and gloves, navigate public spaces, stay connected with older relatives, neighbors, and friends; and help your community become more resilient.
Reliable and trusted information is crucial at this point. Thus, an interdisciplinary effort of more than 30 people within Northeastern and beyond has scrambled to produce the course in one week. Major contributors include Alisa Lincoln and Gavin Macgregor-Skinner. Lincoln is a professor of Sociology and Health Sciences at the College of Social Sciences and Humanities and Bouvé College of Health Sciences, who provided counsel on dealing with the stress of COVID-19. Macgregor-Skinner is a Penn State professor who recently spent 18 days in Hong Kong helping to develop an online program to deliver useful information on the coronavirus. Flynn hopes that the course will be shared as widely as possible with other colleges and universities, as well as employers and anyone with questions about the disease.
Shahjadi Jemim Rahman