SARS-CoV-2 Chemistry Project:
- 4) How can the lens of chemistry be used to inform societal practice and policy designed to limit the spread of SARS-CoV-2? The lens of chemistry can be used to inform society and help with policy design to limit the spread of SARS-CoV-2 by providing facts and data to make sure what policies are being made are the most credible. To bring some humanities into it, chemistry can be the ethos of a corona virus policy. The research chemists and other scientists are doing help us get more info on the virus which continues to make our policies on it better. At the beginning of the semester I knew everything I just wrote to be true, but I did gain more of an understanding of the actual research and investigation chemists will use. I also didn’t have as good of an understanding of chemistry at the beginning of the semester so now I understand more things related to chemistry which helped me stay informed on how to limit COVID-19. I also know how soap works now which I did not know at the beginning of the semester.
- How did your knowledge of science grow through your work on the project? - My knowledge of science grew quite a bit this semester. I have a basic understanding of chemistry, more of an understanding of how cells work and reproduce, and I understand how soap works. I have a much greater understanding of how vaccines are made and the tests that they have to go through before they can be distributed to the public. I understand how a team of scientists will work on a certain problem and how they will test something many times to get a concrete result. Lastly, I’m more comfortable working with certain chemicals now after I used the sodium hydroxide to make soap.
- I personally don’t feel like I missed out much because Covid-19 is so relevant to our lives I think it’s important we learned about it. I feel that if we were focusing more on chemistry it would be hard because we couldn’t do as many labs or even go up to FLC to do labs. If we were trying to have more of a traditional chemistry class I think we would’ve faced challenges that we didn’t have to face in our coronavirus unit. We also have another semester of chemistry class that I think would be good if we used it for a more traditional chemistry class. I do think the benefits of learning about coronavirus outweighed what we might have done if we were purely focusing on chemistry. I believe that mainly because of the many corona virus related challenges we would’ve faced if we were to have focused mainly on chemistry.