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30. When is a pandemic over? 
Alex Rosenthal
<5:35>   June 2020

 

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≪Questions:When is a pandemic over? ≫

1. What is a pandemic?

 

 

  1. When will the WHO likely to declare that the pandemic is over?

 

 

  1. In order to stop the pandemic, we have three strategies to take. What are they? Fill in the blanks.

 Strategy #1:  (1)               through it

I.  Governments and communities

     do (2)                   to stop spread.

      a.Let people be (3)                    to it

         because there will not be enough

         time to study the virus.

 

II. (4)                   reach peak

      capacity almost immediately.

       a. Millions of people will die either

           from the (5)                 or

           the collapse of the 

           (6)                                (3 words).

 

III. Because many people will

be infected soon, their (5)                

responses against the virus will

be developed, and the virus will

no longer be able to

find new (6)                  

 

Strategy #2:  (7)                 and

(8)                

I. Governments and communities slow

the (9)                 of the virus to give 

researchers time to develop a

(10)                . They buy this time by

a. testing to identify (11)                

b. quarantining the (12)                 

     and people they have interacted with

c. physical (13)                  

 

II. It will still cause hundreds of thousands of deaths.

    a. some cities get the outbreak under

        control and go back to

       (12)                   as usual.

 

III. Several vaccines become widely available within the next several years.

a. Once (13)          % to

    (14)          % of the population

   has received one of the vaccines,

   the pandemic will fade out.

 

Strategy #3:  (15)                

and (16)               

I. simultaneously starve the virus everywhere by

  a. quarantining

  b. social distancing

  c. restricting (17)               

 

II. Instead of every leader responding to

what’s happening in their jurisdiction,

everyone must treat

the world as one giant

(18)                      system.

 

 III. If this tactic is conducted properly, the pandemic could be over in

(20)                        (2 words) months,

with low loss of life

a. But there will be risks of the virus reaching

pandemic levels once again unless

the virus is completely eradicated.




4. According to the speaker, which of the three strategies will work best?

 

 

5. Why is it important to develop vaccines even after the pandemic is officially over?

  

 

6. Which of the following statements is not true about this pandemic?

(a) The pandemic will be over eventually.
(b) We can use the lessons from our failures to make our lives better.
(c) It is possible to make the next potential pandemic under better control so that people in the future won’t even know its name.
(d) Even if we develop vaccines for the virus, it will still be so dangerous that extreme containment measures will be required.

 




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≪Answers:When is a pandemic over? ≫

1. What is a pandemic?
 It is the worldwide spread of a disease.

 

2. When will the WHO likely to declare that the pandemic is over?
Once the infection is mostly contained and rates of transmission drop significantly throughout the world.

 

3. In order to stop the pandemic, we have three strategies to take. What are they? Fill in the blanks.

 Strategy #1:  (1)   race    through it

I.  Governments and communities

     do (2)   nothing     to stop spread.

      a.Let people be (3)  exposed    to it

         because there will not be enough

         time to study the virus.

 

II. (4)   Hospitals   reach peak

      capacity almost immediately.

       a. Millions of people will die either

           from the (5)     virus     or

           the collapse of the 

           (6)   health care system   .

 

III. Because many people will

be infected soon, their (5)  immune  

responses against the virus will

be developed, and the virus will

no longer be able to

find new (6)  hosts   

 

Strategy #2:  (7)    delay    and

(8)   vaccinate   

I. Governments and communities slow

the (9)    spread   of the virus to give 

researchers time to develop a

(10)   vaccine   , They buy this time by

a. testing to identify (11)   carriers   

b. quarantining the (12)  infected   

     and people they have interacted with

c. physical (13)    distancing  

 

II. It will still cause hundreds of thousands of deaths.

    a. some cities get the outbreak under

        control and go back to

       (12)  business   as usual.

 

III. Several vaccines become widely available within the next several years.

a. Once (13)   40   % to

    (14)  90   % of the population

   has received one of the vaccines,

   the pandemic will fade out.

 

Strategy #3:  (15)   coordinate     

and (16)   crush   

I. simultaneously starve the virus everywhere by

  a. quarantining

  b. social distancing

  c. restricting (17)  travel   

 

II. Instead of every leader responding to

what’s happening in their jurisdiction,

everyone must treat

the world as one giant

(18)   interconnected    system.

 

 III. If this tactic is conducted properly, the pandemic could be over in

(20)    a few     (2 words) months,

with low loss of life

a. But there will be risks of the virus reaching

pandemic levels once again unless

the virus is completely eradicated.




4. According to the speaker, which of the three strategies will work best?
delay and vaccinate 

 

5. Why is it important to develop vaccines even after the pandemic is officially over?
  Because the virus may reappear seasonally, so the vaccines will continue to protect our lives.

 

6. Which of the following statements is not true about this pandemic?

(a) The pandemic will be over eventually.
(b) We can use the lessons from our failures to make our lives better.
(c) It is possible to make the next potential pandemic under better control so that people in the future won’t even know its name.
(d) Even if we develop vaccines for the virus, it will still be so dangerous that extreme containment measures will be required.

 

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