Let’s talk COVID-19: An Internews online course

a computer generated heat map of the world, displaying high covid cases and deaths by large red circles
A Covid-19 data tracking map created by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at John Hopkins University in March 2020 / Credit: Clay Banks on Unsplash.
Estimated time commitment: 7.5 hours

Certificate of completion: Yes

Language: English

In conjunction with the Let’s Talk Vaccines course, Internews has launched a separate complementary course called Let’s Talk COVID-19, focusing on the disease caused by the novel coronavirus.

This self-paced course will equip journalists with the knowledge and skills they need to tell COVID-19 stories that are robust, compelling and rich in detail. Learners will have the opportunity to explore the fundamentals of COVID-19 and explore how to connect with their audiences in meaningful ways.

Packed with tips, case studies and quizzes, Let's Talk COVID-19 will help journalists navigate ongoing developments in the pandemic story. This foundation course will focus on the following topics:

  • The nature of viruses, zoonoses and the origins of COVID-19;
  • The nature of SARS-CoV-2 and its variants;
  • The transmission and prevention of SARS-CoV-2;
  • How COVID-19 is diagnosed and treated;
  • The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic; and
  • How COVID-19 numbers are counted and why.


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