EEK-a, it's Zika! First, watch the above video on the zika virus, produced by the Center for Disease Control (CDC). If you want more information on pandemic preparedness, check out the Zombie Pandemic graphic novella created by the CDC. Although they don't actually think we will have a zombie pandemic, the novella is full of pandemic preparedness tips that would be relevant to any disease pandemic. While not a pandemic, Zika has been spreading. In the video below, find out how the Gulf Coast states are reacting to growing cases of Zika. After reading the Zombie Pandemic graphic novella, what advice would you give to people in your community? How can they protect against health risks? How does health insurance provide a safety net for individuals who may require doctor's appointments or hospital care if they are infected?
For more on how the Gulf Coast states are reacting, check out the NIE video of the week lesson.
Now read the article in the Tampa Bay Times on the Zika war
SS.912.FL.6.8 Discuss the fact that, in addition to privately purchased insurance, some government benefit programs provide a social safety net to protect individuals from economic hardship created by unexpected events.
SS.912.FL.6.7:Compare the purposes of various types of insurance, including that health insurance provides for funds to pay for health care in the event of illness and may also pay for the cost of preventative care .
Deborah Kozdras, Ph.D.