VIDEO: Why the WHO isn't labelling Covid-19 a pandemic and how the world coped with past global diseases [February 28, 2020]


The coronavirus sweeping the world has its epicentre in Wuhan, China, and has spread globally, but is still defined as an epidemic

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Watch the video and answer questions 1-10 

1. Who is the target audience for this video?

2. The WHO’s definition of a pandemic:
(i) __________________________ 
(ii) __________________________ 
(iii) __________________________ 
(iv) __________________________ 

3. Where was Covid-19 first identified?

4. Watch the beginning of the video (0:26–0:40). Which of the following is an example of a “self-sustaining” infection?
A. people contracting the disease while they were in China
B. infected patients who have not been in contact with any potential Covid-19 carriers
C. individuals recovering without seeing a healthcare professional
D. none of the above

5. When was the last time WHO announced a pandemic, and why? 

6. Based on the video, are the following statements True, False or Not Given? (3 marks) 
(i) The swine flu first appeared during the Middle Ages. 
(ii) The Black Death took place between 1910 and 1911. 
(iii) Global health authorities are concerned about the possibility of Covid-19 becoming a pandemic.

7. For each word given below, find a word or phrase which has an OPPOSITE meaning at the end of the video. (3 marks)
(i) ignore ________________________
(ii) diseased ________________________
(iii) inadequate ________________________

8. Listen to the middle of the video (1:25–1:57). What does “that” in the sentence “But extreme measures like that come with an enormous price tag” refer to? 

9. Each line of the text below may have a mistake. Correct the mistake as shown in the example below. (3 marks)

Example: Countries have to be on their highest alert when a infection pandemic is declared. 

(i) During such times, healthcare systems have to ensure there is sufficient supply of food supplies.
(ii) The global cost of dealing with such a widespread disease could cost around US$570 trillion.
(iii) The biggest challenge of encouraging the spread of Covid-19 is getting people to avoid crowded places.

10. What is the tone of this video?
A. critical
B. persuasive
C. informative
D. argumentative 

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