This lesson will focus on the form and function of viruses. Students will learn the basic structure of all viruses. In addition, they will learn how each virus has specificity in its structure that determines what range of host cells it infects. Focus will be on COVID and influenza. Students will manipulate the viruses during discussion of them. In addition, students will take a field trip into a hospital room where healthcare personnel are training in the treatment of COVID patients.
1. Explain that viruses are not considered living because they cannot replicate without a host. 2. Explain the difference between the lytic and lysogenic modes of viral replication. 3. Discuss infection and symptoms of some common viruses: COVID, influenza, common cold, hepatitis, HIV, measles.