Introduction to Epidemiological Terms
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Just how prevalent is COVID-19, and how fast is the virus spreading? To answer these questions, you'll need a basic understanding of some common but crucial epidemological concepts, and Antiviral is here to help you develop that understanding, 

In this episode, you'll learn about: R-naught and how it differs from Re, the effective R value; case-fatality rates and calculations as well as mortality rates; some defining factors of infectious disease presentations, including their incubation period, latent period, and serial intervals; different types of interventions that can be taken to slow the spread of a transmissible disease.

You can find the source material for this episode on the Harvard Medical Student COVID-19 Curriculum Website.

Episode credits:

Content Development: Harvard Medical Student COVID-19 Curriculum

Narration: Ramie Fathy and Ramzie Fathy

Script Preparation: Ramie Fathy

Editing: Ramie Fathy

Modified with Permission from the Harvard Medical Student COVID-19 Curriculum Module 1: Basic Virology and Immunology

Original Content Authors: Jakub Glowala; Kiryung Kim; Katherine Nabel; Deborah Plana; Emily Rencsok.

Original Content Editor: Katherine McDaniel, MSc

Original Content Reviewers: Wolfram Goessling, MD, PhD; Andrea Wershof Schwartz, MD, MPH; William Hanage, PhD; Rebecca Kahn, MS; James Hay, PhD

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