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Understanding the Pandemic

Helping the world to have a better understanding of Covid-19 and all the different strains of Coronavirus.

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I am a high school student who has been studying virtually for the past week and am doing a design thinking challenge. I am focusing on Covid-19 and doing a lot of research on that topic. Recently I find that the best information/source for live updates is Worldometer's live Coronavirus updates. I find this effective because it helps me dive deeper into my research. One thing it shows is live count by country and closed versus active cases of the virus. I like that it puts the numbers of multiple factors (cases per country, world cases, cases by date, cases by age) into graphs and charts so that I can clearly read each one and find out more about this virus. Each time I see one I can come up with multiple guiding questions that further my research and make decisions about what to do next. 

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Did this resource motivate you to change your behaviors?

  • Yes

In what ways did you change your behaviors as a result of this resource?

After reading through all of the research and statistics on this website it encouraged me to really start focusing on what is going on in the world and having an informed opinion. As a high school student a lot of times I get caught up in my world but with the research all there in front of me it makes me think a lot more about how I can do my part.

Did you share this information with your network?

  • Yes

In what ways did you share this information?

As I said I have been working on a design challenge project with one of my classes and I have shared this website and research with them, specifically I used zoom to share it with them during an online class. 

Where are you getting information around COVID-19?

  • National Government
  • News: Digital
  • personal research and live trackers

What information do you feel you are missing about COVID-19?

I have done a lot of research, but one piece that I feel like I am missing is how this strain of the coronavirus came to be, I have heard it was from bats, but I want to know how long has it been in bats/animals. I would also like to know if any doctors had ever discovered it before. 

What populations or personas are not currently being addressed with today’s COVID-19 information?

I think that my generation (Gen-Z) is not understanding completely what is going on. I think a lot of kids are still with friends and in large groups because they see this as an over reaction and a school break. I want them to really understand what is going on in the world. I think that social media is a big part of conveying that to them. Social media has a big impact on what we think and I want them to be informed of what is really going on and how they can do their part.

What is your current profession?

I am a high school student at The Mount Vernon School.

In what city are you located?

Atlanta, GA

In what country are you located?

United States Of America


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