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Feb 26, 2020

Host Kevin Patton alerts us to the potential impact of influenza and other outbreaks on our courses and provides advice and options for preparation, handling impacts, and more! In the absence of outbreaks, these tips also help cope with normal winter absences resulting from illnesses.

00:42 | Why Winterize in Mid Winter?
04:16 | Sponsored by AAA
04:33 | Learning from Past Epidemics and Pandemics
08:49 | Sponsored by HAPI
09:11 | Staying Home. I Mean It!
16:04 | Sponsored by HAPS
21:49 | Survey Says...
22:19 | Final Thoughts
26:56 | Staying Connected

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Just think: your family are the people most likely to give you the flu. (Jane Wagner)

Why Winterize in Mid Winter?

3.5 minutes

We are now in a flu (influenza) season and on the verge of a coronavirus pandemic. Maybe we should have talked about this earlier, eh? But better late than never!

  • CDC expects ‘community spread’ of coronavirus, as top official warns disruptions could be ‘severe’ (news summary)
  • World is approaching coronavirus tipping point, say experts (news summary)
  • Image: influenza structure

influenza virus structure


Sponsored by AAA

0.5 minutes

  • A searchable transcript for this episode, as well as the captioned audiogram of this episode, are sponsored by the American Association for Anatomy (AAA) at

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Learning From Past Epidemics and Pandemics

4 minutes

Back in the Spanish flu pandemic of 1918, St. Louis had a much lower impact than other major U.S. cities. The key was implementation of "social distancing," which we can implement in our personal lives—and in our courses.

  • Quarantine during 1918 Spanish flu epidemic saves lives (retrospective on how closing things down helped stem an epidemic in St. Louis)
  • Information About Social Distancing (fact sheet)
  • Influenza—Flu (CDC information hub regarding influenza)
  • Image: Spanish flu in St. Louis 1918

St. Louis Spanish Flu 1918


Sponsored by HAPI Online Graduate Program

0.5 minute

The Master of Science in Human Anatomy & Physiology Instruction—the MS-HAPI—is a graduate program for A&P teachers. A combination of science courses (enough to qualify you to teach at the college level) and courses in contemporary instructional practice, this program helps you power up  your teaching. Kevin Patton is a faculty member in this program. Check it out!

NYCC Human Anatomy and Physiology Instruction


Staying Home. I Mean It!

7 minutes

Yeah, we want to come to school. We want our students to be regular participants in class. But, you know, sometimes the public good takes precedent over what we think is "right" or honorable.

covid-19 virus


Sponsored by HAPS

0.5 minutes

The Human Anatomy & Physiology Society (HAPS) is a sponsor of this podcast.  You can help appreciate their support by clicking the link below and checking out the many resources and benefits found there. Don't forget the HAPS Awards, which provide assistance for participating in the HAPS Annual Conference.

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The Preparation Phase

5.5 minutes

Preparation is a great strategy to minimize harm, right?

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Survey Says...

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Final Thoughts

4.5 minutes



Apology: Long after recording this episode, I realized that the term "Spanish flu" that I used is a derogatory term. My intent was not to cause harm and I apologize to everyone hurt by my use of the term. Please listen to Episode 72 for the audio apology.


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