Agents of Infection


Activity Overview:
For someone not in healthcare, there can be a great deal of confusion with respect to infectious diseases and the agents that cause them. As we all deal with the current pandemic and are inundated with a great deal of information, it is important to have a foundation of the microbial agents that are responsible for the disease. Viruses and Bacteria are completely different in how they behave and how they are treated. This course has been designed to provide a high-level overview of viruses. The current COVID-19 Pandemic is caused by a virus known as SARS-CoV-2. The goal of this course is to discuss many aspects that you likely have heard about in the news and other media outlets.

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Faculty: Donald Voltz, M.D.

Learning Objectives:

After completing this activity, the learner will be able to:

  • Focus 1: Gain a level of understanding of the various microbial agents that exists and are capable of causing disease in humans.
  • Focus 2: Understand how microbial agents are transmitted between hosts who become infected and how transmission leads to a cycle of infection, from one host to another.
  • Focus 3: Appreciate the life cycle of a virus and how each point in this cycle is a possible target point for the development of treatments to disrupt the cycle and therefore the infection.
    • ***NOTE Please fill out the Post Activity Evaluation after the lasts lesson to receive 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™.

Activity release date: 07/28/2020

Expiration Date: 07/28/2022

Estimated Time to Complete: 1.0 Hour

Target Audience:
This activity is intended for all medical professionals in dealing with patient care and returning to work during COVID-19.

Total Credits Earned For All Courses: 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™