Pandemic conversation questions
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Pandemic precautions[edit | edit source]
- What (if anything) do you think you can personally do to reduce your chance of being infected in a pandemic?
- What do you think you should do if you get an infection? Should you go to work (or school) or not?
- How would you react if a colleague came in to work who seemed to be infected?
- What (if anything) do you think the government should or could do to reduce people's chance of infection?
- What difference (if any) do you think that closing borders would make?
- Are you buying any medicines in case a pandemic strikes?
- Do you think that wearing a mask makes much difference to your contracting an infection or does it just give psychological support?
- How much difference do you think that washing your hands would make?
Predictions[edit | edit source]
- Do you think you will experience a deadly pandemic or do you think there is a lot of exaggeration?
- Which of the following do you think is most likely to happen within the next fifteen years?
- A major earthquake in a densely populated area
- An asteroid strike
- A deadly pandemic, e.g., airborne spread Ebola
- A drop in global temperatures due to the sun cooling
- A rise in global temperatures due to climate change
Consequences[edit | edit source]
- How would you feel about travelling to a country with a significant outbreak?
- In what ways do you think a pandemic would effect the world's financial systems?
- Which business do you think would be helped by a pandemic and which business would be damaged?
Vaccination[edit | edit source]
- Do you think that vaccinations are useful or dangerous?
- Can you explain how vaccinations work?
- Do you usually receive a vaccination for flu in the winter? How is the vaccination given to you?
- How much would you be prepared to pay for a vaccination?
- Often vaccines are developed by governments and not drugs companies. Why do you think this is?
- Is it moral for companies to make big profits by selling life-saving drugs? Would they develop them if they couldn’t make big profits?
Vocabulary[edit | edit source]
- Ebola fever /iːˈbəʊlə, ɪˈbəʊlə, əˈbəʊlə/: the disease
- Ebola virus: the virus that causes the disease
- Ebola river: a river in the Democratic Republic of the Congo that gave the name to the virus and the disease
- Zika fever /ˈziːkə/: the disease
- Zika virus: the virus that causes the disease
- Zika Forest: a forest in Uganda that gave the name to the virus and the disease
References[edit | edit source]