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Interactive video lesson plan for: How Pandemics Spread

Activity overview:

In our increasingly globalized world, a single infected person can board a plane and spread a virus across continents. Mark Honigsbaum describes the history of pandemics and how that knowledge can help halt future outbreaks.

"How Pandemics Spread" is a lesson by Mark Honigsbaum ( and was animated by Patrick Blower (

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Tagged under: Health,Public Health,Mark Honigsbaum,Pandemics,Disease,Plague,Virus,Flu,Outbreak,Influenza,Mutations,History Pandemics,Black Death,TED,TED-Ed,TED Education,Patrick Blower

6 questions

1. How is cholera spread? In what country did this diese take hold? (00:01:57)

2. What is the difference between an EPIdemic and a PANdemic? (00:02:10)

3. Where do they believe the Black Death originated? How did it spread? (00:02:48)

4. What is antigentic shift? (00:03:55)

5. Which caused more deaths, the Black Death or the Influenza virus of 1918? What was the difference in numbers? (00:05:35)

6. What advantages do we currently have an employ to guard against pandemics? (00:07:47)

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