Choosing who to treat
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Students consider the factors that interact when deciding who to treat in a disease outbreak, and the possible consequences of these decisions
Divide students into groups of 4 or 5, and give groups about 10 minutes to play the ‘Managing an Epidemic’ interactive about the fictional disease, fish flu
Now present groups with this scenario:
Give groups 10-15 minutes to discuss who they would treat for cheese flu? Ask them also to discuss what would happen to the people they didn’t choose to treat and what advice everyone should be given. Make sure all members of each group make a note of their decisions, or write their choices on the board.
Now create ‘envoy’ groups – number members of current groups, then tell all 1s to get together in a new group, all 2s, etc.
Give the envoy groups 10 minutes to share their decisions from round 1, then to decide on a final recommendation about who should be treated, and the reasons why.
Finally, take 10-15 minutes to ask each envoy group to feed back their decision, and to describe how they came to a consensus. You might want to ask some prompt questions such as:
Did you all have similar or very different ideas?
Why do you think all the groups ended up with similar / very different recommendations?
Which group are you most likely to belong to? Would your view be different if you were a teacher, a head teacher, on the trip etc….