Module 7
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Theses videos are part of CDC’s Project Firstline. Project Firstline is a collaborative of diverse healthcare and public health partners that have come together to provide foundational knowledge about infection control to anyone working in a healthcare facility. To stop the spread of infectious disease threats, it’s important not only to have this foundational knowledge, but to understand and be ready to implement infection control protocols and procedures throughout the workday, including during every patient care activity and healthcare interaction

Episode 4

Learning Objectives:

•Describe one (1) characteristic of respiratory droplets

•Understand one (1) primary way that SARS-CoV-2 moves between people

•Explain one (1) reason why infection control actions focus on keeping respiratory droplets out of the air and away from other people

•Explain how implementing effective infection prevention and control actions will improve your contribution as a team member

 

This session will address respiratory droplets, their physical characteristics, and the main way that SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes the disease COVID-19, travels between people. When someone is infected with SARS-CoV-2, the droplets that they breathe out have virus particles in them. People who are close by can breathe the droplets in, or the droplets can land on their eyes, and they can get infected.

Episode 6

Learning objectives:

•Describe two (2) ways viruses can spread from surfaces to people

•Explain one (1) reason why good hand hygiene and environmental cleaning are important to keep germs from spreading in healthcare

•Explain how implementing effective infection prevention and control actions will improve your contribution as a team member.

This session covers another way that people can get sick, which is by touching something that has germs on it and then touching their face without cleaning their hands first. Germs, including SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, can get on surfaces when respiratory droplets land on them. Virus can also get on surfaces when body fluids from an infected person land on them.

Episode 24

Learning objectives:

• Explain how a person can be infected with SARS-CoV-2 and not feel sick, but can still spread the virus to others.

• Explain how implementing effective infection prevention and control actions will improve your contribution as a team member.

 

This video emphasizes that many people who are infected with SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, don’t know it, because they aren’t feeling any symptoms such as fever, cough, shortness of breath, or any other signs of disease. They can still spread the virus, because the virus in their body is also in their respiratory droplets, which can land on someone’s eyes, nose, or mouth, or someone can breathe them into their lungs, where the virus in the droplets can start attacking that person’s cells. This asymptomatic spreading of virus is not unique to COVID-19 and is also seen in other viruses, like influenza.

Episode 19

Learning objectives:

•Describe how new virus strains develop.

•Discuss why the infection control actions recommended for COVID-19 work for new strains of SARS-CoV-2, and why they are even more important.

•Explain how implementing effective infection prevention and control actions will improve your contribution as a team member.

 

This video explains how new strains, or variants, of viruses happen, and that they happen often. The video also emphasizes the importance of doing the recommended infection control actions the right way, at the right time, to prevent COVID-19 from spreading, including the new strains of SARS-CoV-2.

Episode 7

Learning objectives:

•Describe two (2) ways that SARS-CoV-2 spreads.

•Explain how implementing effective infection prevention and control actions will improve your contribution as a team member.

 

This session reviews the main way that SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes the disease COVID-19, travels between people: through tiny respiratory droplets in the breath of people who are infected with the virus, which can be breathed in by others nearby. The virus also can travel from people to surfaces, and from surfaces to other people, by touch.