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6 Science Articles about COVID

The SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus is all over the world! Many students study at home due to the pandemic and almost everyone has to live with coronavirus restrictions. Here we present six scientific articles about COVID-19 that could help students make sense of the situation and see how science is trying to solve the problem.

All six articles include at least one video to introduce the topic, as well as questions to check students’ understanding and audio versions of the articles.

For convenience, you can download all articles at once here:

How can we relax COVID-19 restrictions?

COVID-19 has changed everyone’s lives. At one time or another, most of us have had to stay at home and socially distance ourselves from others. But in some countries, people are starting to get out of lockdowns.

The last lockdown in England started in January 2021. Relaxing the restrictions afterward happened gradually. It depended mainly on the number of immune people. Was this a good strategy? In this article, scientists created a mathematical model to see if lifting the restrictions was well-timed. The strategy was successful at first. But the emergence of the Delta variant changed things. The model shows that vaccination alone may not be enough to stop another peak of hospitalizations and deaths.

The article is suitable for middle school and lower high school students and includes a time-series graph.

How did COVID lockdowns affect air pollution?

Air pollution harms people’s health. During the first few months of the global COVID-19 pandemic, many countries went into lockdown. Many adults worked from home, children went to school online, and families limited their trips outside of the home. Fewer trips outside meant fewer cars on the road and planes in the air. In this article, researchers wanted to know whether the change in people’s driving and flying habits resulted in better air quality. Using satellites, weather stations, and traffic data, they found out that it did!

This article is suitable for middle school and lower high school students and includes a time-series graph.

Routine vaccinations during a pandemic – benefit or risk?

Routine vaccinations help prevent millions of deaths each year. But now that the new coronavirus is here, some countries may stop their vaccination programs for a while. The idea is to reduce the risk of spreading the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, which causes the COVID-19 disease. But which is better: fewer coronavirus infections or making sure children get all their usual vaccinations? To find out, scientists used a mathematical model. Thus, they worked out the risks and benefits if health systems sustain their routine vaccinations during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The article is suitable for lower and upper high school students.

What is the impact of COVID-19 on other diseases?

The measures against COVID-19 are necessary to fight the pandemic. On the other hand, they have a negative effect on many other aspects of our lives – economy, education, and even on other diseases. In this article, scientists developed a computer model to estimate how the measures against COVID-19 are impacting people with HIV, tuberculosis, and malaria. These three diseases are a major threat! Unfortunately, the new coronavirus and the measures against it might increase the deaths by 10-36% for these infectious diseases

The article is suitable for middle school and lower high school students and includes a time-series graph and a data table.

How can we help stop the COVID-19 pandemic?

Different countries are taking different measures in the fight against COVID-19. In this article, researchers developed a computer model that assesses the effect of these different measures. The model estimated that the best course against the current pandemic is social distancing of the entire population – so staying at home, as boring as it can be, is the best thing to do. 

This adaptation is suitable for high school students and includes a time-series graph and a data table.

Can HIV drugs help COVID-19 patients?

Scientists all over the world are trying to develop vaccines and medicine against the new coronavirus. In this article, researchers try to treat COVID-19 patients with already developed anti-HIV drugs. Although the clinical trial is not successful it shows how science is not always about positive results. 

The adaptation is suitable for high school students and includes a time-series graph.

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