Lesson 1: Using the Pandemic Vulnerability Index Model to Examine the Risk Factors Associated with COVID-19

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How vulnerable are you to COVID-19? High school mathematicians use the Pandemic Vulnerability Index to create models that help them collect and analyze data about the risk factors associated with COVID-19. After investigating four groups of risk factors (infection rate, population concentration, intervention measures, and health and environment) groups select a county in the United States, analyze its PVI score using their math model, and present their findings to the entire class.

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Instructional Ideas
  • When assigning counties to research, ensure that those selected represent a wide variety of locations
  • Invite a local health professional to discuss local statistics, prevention measures, and availability of resources
Classroom Considerations
  • Requires access to computers with internet
  • Class members should have some experience with using moth models
  • The first lesson in a two-part series
Pros
  • Includes step-by-step directions for researching each of the four risk factors
  • Links are provided to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention webpages
Cons
  • None
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