CORONAVIRUS of animals and humans

Two platforms to teach the general population simple concepts related to the particular biology of Human and Animal Coronaviruses.

A book and a game for your enjoyment!

"This is a book for all ages for those interested in the matters of infectious diseases. Surely professors and academics will recommend this book as enthusiastically as I do right now. "

Pedro Simas

This game intends to constitute an educational tool that allows exploring concepts about the prevention and transmission of diseases caused by coronaviruses that affect humans and animals.

2nd edition of the book published at Casa das Ciências

www.casadasciencias.org

Book available in several other European languages (Portuguese (original), French, Spanish, Italian, Serbo-Croatian and German), which translations were funded by COST Action CA17127 EuroScitizen.

Editing coordination: Margarida Duarte e Teresa Nogueira

Translation coordination: Teresa Nogueira

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BOOK ABOUT THE CORONAVIRUS OF ANIMALS AND HUMANS

Virus evolution and pathogenesis and disease prevention

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Foreword

This is a really great book! It is well written, scientifically precise, well organised and has beautiful graphics. However, what is most impressive is the holistic view of coronavirus pathogenesis and ecology that Veterinarians, Biologists and Doctors capture so well as that is their very nature: to understand an infectious disease in multiple animals and its dynamic relationship with humans. 
Viruses are obligate intracellular parasites and as such have co-evolved with other living organisms since the very beginnings of life. When they emerge in a new host it is not due to spontaneous generation, but rather because they have jumped the species barrier from another host. This is precisely what happened with the current pandemic of SARS-CoV-2 where a virus, which likely originated from an unidentified bat species, crossed the species barrier. Now this same virus, SARS-CoV-2, has leaped from humans to minks, where it is more virulent. It has not stopped there, because it has since re-infected humans and we do not know if minks will enable the virus to spread to other animal species. This is nature taking its course, everything is directly or indirectly related. One of the biggest lessons of this pandemic is that humankind must respect nature. 
Back to the book; in a world of time travelling I can imagine myself delighting in this book as a high school or university student in the same way as I have as a mature scientist and academic old-timer. This is a book for all ages for those interested in the matters of infectious diseases. Surely professors and academics will recommend this book as enthusiastically as I do right now. 
 

Pedro Simas

GAME PREAMBLE

This game intends to constitute an educational tool that allows exploring concepts about the prevention and transmission of diseases caused by coronaviruses that affect humans and animals. Although this activity was conceived and developed for entertainment and leisure, it is not intended to trivialize, devalue or disrespect the impact that COVID-19 has had on the lives of so many people across the planet. Rather, its aim is to increase understanding and reinforce actions and behaviors that prevent the spread of the disease.

Target Audience:   Anyone over 10 years of age.

In addition to the playful context, this activity can be explored in the context of teaching in primary and secondary schools, in Science Centers and Museums, in leisure activities and summer camps.

INSTRUCTIONS

Instructions

This game can be played by 2 to 6 players. It is recommended to print the board and letters in color, on heavier paper. The cards must be cut out, and separated by type. The cards in each deck must be shuffled well before each game. To play, you must have two dice and pawns equal to the number of players.

AUTHORS

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Margarida Duarte (INIAV/CIISA)
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Teresa Nogueira (INIAV/cE3c)
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Ana Botelho (INIAV)
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Sandra Cavaco (INIAV)
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Ana Duarte (FMV/CIISA)
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Patrícia Santos (DGAV)
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Rita de Sousa (INSA)
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Sara Portela (NHS)
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Celina Botelho (Graphic Designer)

SPONSORS

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CONTACTS

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