Final Project


The novel coronavirus has taken over the world in the last four months and has even been quantified as a pandemic.

To stop the spread of the virus, we have been having to close businesses and isolate indoors. This is no doubt something that is going to be in the history books.

We are seeing similar trends occur with this pandemic with pandemics we have seen in the past. For example, the Spanish flu from 1918 was so bad that they had to dig mass graves. Over 100 years later, we are seeing the same concept again in New York. This is undoubtedly scary, especially considering the great increase of technology and science that have evolved over the past century.

So, how did the coronavirus start, spread, and affect the world? How can we combat this? What can you do to protect yourself? Check out this video that covers all of those topics.

Now that we know how the virus started and how it works, how has it affected us personally? Many of us are stuck at home, but many of us are also on the front lines helping combat the virus. Listen to this podcast to hear from a senior college student, a freshman college student, a college student who also works in an emergency department, and a nurse stationed on the USNS Comfort in New York City, undoubtedly the place in the United States that has been hit the hardest.

Hopefully you were able to understand the severity of the coronaviurs and understand how we can help combat it from the video. I also hope you were able to find some comfort and interest in hearing peers and healthcare workers talk about their experience with this pandemic.

However, if you weren’t really interested (but I hope you are, considering the severity of this pandemic), please look at this poster created to help inform you about the virus. You can see that the number of cases in the U.S. are very high. If you have any symptoms, make sure to call your doctor and stay home. You can also help yourself and society by following the guidelines mentioned.

The coronavirus has shaken our world. We are going through something that I think many of us didn’t think was possible because of our advancement in science and medicine. This pandemic shows that science is so important and that we need to have processes in place if this were to happen again.

And it likely will. Viruses mutate. We won’t always have immunity to them because of how they change.

From all that has happened just in the past few weeks, I hope that everyone has gained an appreciation of science and our essential workers. So, thank you to those who have been on the front lines, but also a thank you to those who have been staying at home. If we don’t stay home, it will only get worse.

As places begin to open again, I still urge you to take precautions. Once everyone goes outside and begins to interact again, it is highly likely that we will begin to see a second surge of the virus. Those of us who didn’t know that we were sick can spread it again.

Please continue social distancing as much as you can and still follow the precautions that have been mentioned.

Stay safe, stay healthy, and wash your hands!

Final Summary

Video: Having had many issues that I have mentioned before with making videos, I decided to go with a Powerpoint video again to avoid such issues. However, instead of combining a bunch of different videos like I did before, I wanted to make my own presentation. I thought it was important to drive the point home of what I wanted to say and not include a bunch of miscellaneous information.

I did a lot of research on this. I wanted to incorporate the timeline of the virus, how we can use vaccines, and how simple precautions such as washing your hands and staying home can keep you and others healthy.

Trying to make this less of a Powerpoint presentation, I added a lot of animations that would refer you to what I was discussing rather than using the mouse as a pointer. This way, it made it feel more like a video.

Luckily, I also recently obtained access to a program called Screencastomatic through my job. This program allows me to record my screen and narrate, so I didn’t have to worry about timing and putting in narration later. It made it a lot easier.

Ultimately, I got my presentation together, animated everything, and then recorded my video. There are a few misspeaks, but I’m very happy with how it turned out.

Audio: I went back to my good friend Audacity to record my podcast. I wanted to include some interviews with an array of people, but because of this distancing, it had to be done over the phone. So, what I did was use the same phone call recording app that I used for our radio show interview. I typed out some questions for my friends and family and was able to ask them these over the phone and then import it to Audacity.

The only issue I ran into with this was the phone call recorder. There were some times where it was spotty but I couldn’t do anything about it. It cleared up eventually in both phone calls.

I would then record myself before, after, and in between the interviews with what I wanted to say. I did a lot of splicing and moving of the audio pieces.

Last week, I also chose some music to add to my podcast for the beginning and end. I cropped it and added some fading to it to make it flow.

I enjoyed this part of the project the most because I was able to talk to other people about their experiences. And, the music was pretty uplifting.

Design: I created my poster on Canva. I knew that I wanted to include how to protect yourself, symptoms, and the severity of the cases in the US to drive across the point that it is important to stay safe. I started by creating the graph of the cases in the US by taking data from the CDC website. I created the graph in Excel, but Excel doesn’t typically create pretty graphs. Luckily, Canva had a graph function so I was able to input the data and create a graph on the website itself.

I also wanted to make sure that the poster looked organized. I played around with the colors a lot until I found the ones that I liked. I also wanted to add the shapes to the background to make it more organized. I altered their transparency so that it would seem a little more soft.

Taking data from the CDC website, I then found the symptoms and the best way to protect yourself and others. To make the poster as simple as possible while conveying the point, I represented them by icons, minimal words, or both.

I spent a few hours on this gathering information and trying to make the poster look neat.

Overall: I believe that this project combined almost everything that I learned this past semester. If you would have asked me to do this in the beginning of the semester, it would have been pretty bad. My skills have really increased and I was happy to do this project. I hope that you learned a lot, because I know that I certainly did.

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