COVID-19 has very rapidly become part of modern societal lexicon as the disease highlights the importance understanding zoonotic diseases and the impact they can have on human life. With a 177million human cases and 3.82million deaths globally at the time of this publication, the "One Health" nature of the disease has had a lasting impact across the planet. As the disease spread rapidly, it highlighted the dissemination of information through social media and other sources. With this in mind, Dr. Gary Vroegindewey, Director for One Health at LMU-CVM, put forth the idea to have students collect and summarize information about COVID-19 and animal welfare. In April-May 2020, twenty LMU-CVM students, 2 non-CVM students, and a number of faculty were put into groups based on interest with 1-2 faculty mentors assigned to each group. The groups included: Legislation/Policy/Administration, Production Animals and Equine, Public Health and Zoonoses, Shelter/Companion Animal/Working Dog, and Zoo/Wildlife/Exotic/Laboratory Animal. Using "Cloud" based tools, students worked remotely to summarize the information for their topics. A Qualtrics database was created from the summarized information to examine informational trends. Here we provide an overall summary of the project and highlight some of the outcomes.
"COVID-19: A One Health Issue,"
Cumberland Mountain Naturalist: Vol. 2
, Article 1.
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