COVID-19 Pandemic Response, an Echo of the WWII Home Front and Arsenal of Democracy
[restrict] As these lesson plans were planned a few months ago, one was devoted to mass production of penicillin and the development of the first influenza vaccines during WWII. The story of penicillin is fascinating as one very important, yet often overlooked, aspect of the Arsenal of Democracy.
As the COVID-19 pandemic worsened, the United States is again at a moment when the government is calling upon private industry to help. Pharmaceutical companies are stepping up to quickly develop new tests for COVID-19 and study drug combinations that may help patients recover. This remarkable connection was added to the lesson plan with a primary source current event article on Coppercraft Distillery of Holland, Michigan. In a matter of days, they added a production line to make hand sanitizer after they heard of shortages at hospitals in the area. The following are links to that article at two reading levels posted on the homepage but also linked below. The articles are also available to print through the lesson plan that can be downloaded below.
– Lesson Plan 2: arsenal of Democracy and Pandemic Echo –– CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD
– On the Front Lines with Larry Lather–– CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD
And be sure to check out the Graphic Novel: On the Front Lines with Larry Lather – covering the importance of handwashing. [/restrict]