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AMI Day 9

Welch – Science

AMI Day 9 (students that receive modifications should not answer question 6)

INSTRUCTIONS:  Read the passage and examine the graph.  Answer questions 1-6 on notebook paper and have them ready to turn in on the first day classes at Alpena School District resume.


A pandemic is an epidemic occurring on a scale that crosses international boundaries, usually affecting a large number of people.  Pandemics can also occur in important agricultural organisms (livestock, crop plants, fish, tree species) or in other organisms.  A disease or condition is not a pandemic merely because it is widespread or kills many people; it must also be infectious. For instance, cancer is responsible for many deaths but is not considered a pandemic because the disease is not infectious or contagious.

Coronaviruses (CoV) are a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV). A novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) is a new strain that has not been previously identified in humans.

A new coronavirus was first identified in Wuhan, Hubei, China, in late December of 2019, as causing a cluster of cases of an acute respiratory disease, now referred to as coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), which had been identified in December 2019. According to the media report more than 116 countries and territories have been affected, with major outbreaks in central China, Italy, South Korea and Iran. On March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization characterized the spread of COVID-19 as a pandemic.

COVID-19 compared to other Pandemics


X-axis represents the number of people each sick person may affect

Y-axis represents the fatality rate percentage from the pandemics

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  1. Coronaviruses are generally respiratory infections caused by a family of viruses.  Which of the following found on the graph is an example of a coronavirus?
    1. Common cold
    2. Chicken pox
    3. Ebola
    4. Measles
  2. Several items are necessary for an epidemic to be classified as a pandemic.  Which of the following is not one of those reasons?
    1. A widespread disease that crosses international boundaries.
    2. A widespread disease that kills many people.
    3. A widespread disease that infects large numbers of people.
    4. A widespread disease that is infectious and/or contagious.
  3. Of the affected countries with COVID-19, what percentage are considered to have major outbreaks?
    1. 116%
    2. 4 %
    3. 3%
    4. 29%
  4. According to the graph, what is the maximum number of people each sick person that has COVID-19 could infect?
    1. 2
    2. 0.1
    3. 2-4
    4. 0.1-5
  5. In this data collection, what would be the independent variable.
    1. Average number of people each sick person will infect
    2. Percentage of fatalities in the world population
    3. How this pandemic compares to other pandemics
    4. Length of time the virus needs to incubate
  6. Examine the graph.  Three infections were much worse than the current hysteria caused by the novel coronavirus.  Which list below represents those three?
    1. Ebola, bird flu, and MERS
    2. Chicken pox, measles, and polio
    3. Small pox, chicken pox, and measles
    4. MERS, SARS, and measles