Biology Faculty Proceedings, Presentations, Speeches, Lectures

Title

Education, research, and management in STEM and healthcare: global impacts of COVID-19

Event Name/Location

8th Annual LSSF (Life Sciences South Florida) STEM Undergraduate Research Symposium, virtual

Event Name

8th Annual LSSF (Life Sciences South Florida) STEM Undergraduate Research Symposium

Event Location

virtual

Document Type

Conference Presentation

Publication Date

4-10-2021

Date Range

April 10, 2021

Abstract

Most nations have been affected by the Coronavirus Infectious Disease 2019 (COVID-19) at all areas of functioning, individual to governmental. This comprehensive review encapsulates the global consequences of this pandemic on key socioeconomic sectors – healthcare management, and education and research in healthcare as well as science, technology, education, and mathematics (STEM). COVID-19 halted face-to-face classes and meetings in schools and colleges around the world, necessitating virtual instruction as academic institutions sought to continue education safely, yet effectively. This adversely impacted every field and level of learning, especially STEM and healthcare education since STEM degrees entail rigorous curricula integrating lectures and laboratory exercises whereas healthcare education involves hands-on, clinical lab activities and residencies that require working with patients. Research in high-needs STEM disciplines has been prioritized in the fight against COVID-19. Computational scientists, artificial intelligence experts, engineers, virologists, and mathematicians have been contributing with strategies to optimize patient care, enhance public understanding of the disease, track reported cases, and improve physical-distancing measures. Healthcare management facilities have implemented various operational changes geared towards reducing non-emergency patient visits and preventing infection transmission; these include shifting appointments to online modalities, altering procedures, and developing personal protective equipment (PPE). Multifaceted research endeavors have been undertaken to develop treatments or a potential cure for COVID-19; vaccines and antiviral drugs are being designed or undergoing clinical trials, with symptom-management approaches being employed upon evaluation of pre-existing conditions. The analysis will help identify and navigate complex COVID-19-based challenges to education, research, and management in STEM and healthcare worldwide.

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