4) How can the lens of chemistry be used to inform societal practice and policy designed to limit the spread of SARS-CoV-2?
Through the lens of chemistry society would be able to truly understand what is going on with the virus and why some people get it and some don’t. It would give evidence on why we have to wear masks and why putting your mask on your nose and having it fit tight to your face matters. When SARS-CoV2 first hit I was not super worried about it knew that I would be Asymptomatic but I wanted to do my part. Then this semester after learning the chemistry and science behind SARS-CoV2 I because much more aware and scared of the virus because of how easy transmission really is.
How did your knowledge of science grow through your work on the project? You can reference:
Having never taken chemistry before so I was a bit worried about doing it online but as we got into it I immediately felt engaged and challenged by the work we did. After talking to some of the seniors they all praised the labs we would have done in chemistry in a normal year. Even though we aren’t able to do labs I still feel like I am learning a lot in chemistry and having SARS-CoV2 happening as I am learning about aerosols and viruses it has been one of the most interesting class I have taken and not only because of the information but the constant real-world connection that I am constantly making. The one connection that stands out to me the most is when we were learning about aerosols and masks because I always question if masks worked. After learning about how aerosols are released and how they come in many different sizes so you never know what is in the air.
Yes I believe that including some biology and physics into our chemistry class to fill some of the gaps that COVID is preventing us to fill was a great idea. It kept me engaged and really interested in your class because I could see the direct relevance of our class when I would just walk around town or hang out with my friends. After learning from your class I became more aware and scared of the transmission and exposure you can get from just being around people or touching things that other people have touched. I would also like to say that doing all those videos and and the videos with questions mid way through them were really helpful to understand topics without asking you questions.