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Lesson 3: Which is Better: Wearing a Mask or Taking Antibiotics?
After a year of wearing masks due to the coronavirus, you most likely know that mask wearing helps to reduce the spread of some viruses. So, which is better, wearing a mask or taking antibiotics to prevent the spread of the flu?
Here are some definitions to help you in your investigation.
Virus - a small collection of material that make up genes that can infect and damage cells
Influenza (flu) - a virus that attacks the lungs, throat, and nose
Antibiotic - a drug that slows down the spread of infections due to bacteria
Bacteria - small, single-celled organisms that can spread disease while others can help other organisms
Doing the Science
- Start the Flu Transmission Simulation by clicking on the “Simulation” tab.
- Click on the “Masks” button under the Factor menu on the left-bottom of the screen.
- Click on the “Run” button at the bottom center of the screen.
- Note the Progress bar, which shows time running for a six-week period.
- Click on the “1” icon on the Progress bar.
- Count and record in Table 1 the number of infected students at the end of the first week of the flu outbreak.
- Click on the “2” icon on the Progress bar.
- Count and record in Table 1 the number of infected students at the end of the second week of the flu outbreak.
- Repeat this process until you have counted and recorded data for all six weeks.
- Click on the “Antibiotics” button under the Factor menu on the left-bottom of the screen.
- Repeat steps 3 - 9, only enter your data in Table 2.