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Discussion 2 – COVID-19 and Scientific Literacy
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The coronavirus pandemic has increased the public’s exposure to scientific topics and scientific methodology. As scientists continue their research into topics like virus origination, transmission, infection, symptoms, mutation etc., new data continuously becomes available. In addition, the information available to the public has changed over time. For example, a collection of news articles and videos published by the scientific journal Nature is available here (Links to an external site.), organized by date. In this collection you will find the articles below to get you started, however, you are not required to use these to complete this assignment:
April 27, 2020 Pseudoscience and COVID-19 — we’ve had enough already (Links to an external site.)
May 27, 2020 The epic battle against coronavirus misinformation and conspiracy theories (Links to an external site.)
July 3, 2020 Six months of coronavirus: the mysteries scientists are still racing to solve (Links to an external site.)
July 21, 2020 Five coronavirus questions scientists still don’t have answers to (Links to an external site.)
Using information taken from, at a minimum, 5 articles, in one page (400-500 words), summarize your position regarding the following question:
Do you believe that the pandemic, and the stream of information available, has made the general public more or less scientifically literate? Please download this file: Discussion 2Preview the document, and complete your writing in this file to be submitted to your instructor per the instructions below. This is a graded assignment (see grading rubric in Canvas) and a well written response should:
Include a clear introductory statement including the focus of the assignment in your own words and your position on the topic.
Clearly organize relevant arguments to support the position.
Use relevant data from the articles you have read to support your arguments. Be sure to cite your sources (you can simply include the DOI number in parenthesis at the end of a statement, *DOI info below) and consider their scientific integrity.
Include a cohesive and well supported conclusion.