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Coronavirus Outbreak

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Last week, the number of confirmed Coronavirus cases saw a sudden increase when Chinese officials broadened the way infections are defined. COVID-19, otherwise known as the Coronavirus, originated in China’s Hubei province and, as of the publishing of this Lecture Spark, has infected more than 69,000 people worldwide.

Instructors, click the link below to download this week’s lecture for use in your classroom. The deck contains a writing prompt and a debate question as well as other assessment questions.

Download the PowerPoint Lecture Spark for Coronavirus Outbreak


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  • Writing: Briefly describe the origin and spread of the Coronavirus in recent months. What has been the response of both the Chinese government and the World Health Organization? Beyond its threat to public health, how might this outbreak pose a political problem to the Chinese government?
  • Debate: The coronavirus outbreak is a global problem rather than a strictly Chinese problem. Therefore, the World Health Organization should mobilize additional international resource to help fight the spread of the virus.
  • Poll: Given what you know about the outbreak, is it likely that you or someone you know will become infected?
  • Short Answer: What impact, if any, has the coronavirus had on Chinese politics?

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