Covid-19: Lessons from the Pandemic

What have we learned from Covid-19?
Covid-19: Enseñanzas de la Pandemia
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Covid-19: Lessons from the Pandemic

What have we learned from Covid-19?

The SARS-CoV-2 pandemic has affected every individual and every society on the entire planet, and continues to be a cause of suffering and concern for all societies and professions.

Although the uncertainties about the disease are still numerous, science has advanced rapidly and notably in its knowledge, from various points of view: microbiological, clinical and epidemiological, as well as in its analysis of the social and health repercussions.

Therefore, an in-depth analysis of Covid-19 can be of interest to many different professions within the biomedical sciences and related disciplines.

The SARS-Cov2 pandemic, as of 11/07/2021 and according to data from Johns Hopkins University, has produced more than 187 million diagnosed cases in the world, and 4 million deaths. These figures are surely much higher, as many cases remain undiagnosed and deaths unknown (especially at the beginning of the pandemic and in countries with limited resources). The same University attributes almost 4 million confirmed cases and 81,000 deaths to Spain.

It has transformed the life of societies and the individuals that compose it on all continents. Although vaccines are available, it seems certain that it will continue to be a daily problem for months to come.

Differential aspects and competences

Learning from the experiential lived by the speakers The professors have been treating Covid-19 patients for more than a year, and they have prepared the units based on their daily activities on the front lines. They explain and analyze the pandemic as it occurred and was experienced in a general hospital in a region of Spain.

With an informative approach It is not a course for specialists, it aims to make knowledge about Covid-19 accessible to various sectors, with a holistic approach that analyzes the pandemic from different angles.

Up-to-date content LThe pandemic is a changing event, and it will be analyzed from its inception to the knowledge that exists at the time the course is taken.

Information based on scientific evidence Being educated through information based on the latest scientific evidence will help healthcare professionals to form their own opinion amidst the intense media noise.

Teaching methodology

  • Online course through Nebrija virtual classroom. Teaching sessions scheduled online with teacher interaction with students after the teacher's presentation. The sessions will be recorded for those professionals who are not able to attend the live session.
  • Presentation of the subject by the speaker, with discussion of questions and clinical cases for (60 minutes of presentation and 60 of student-teacher interaction with clinical cases).
  • The necessary bibliography to analyze the subject will have previously been provided.
  • Support of the subjects with slides.
  • Teaching material and bibliography provided by teachers.
  • Interactive forum.
  • Interactive personalized tutoring sessions via email.
  • Evaluation: The student will follow the teaching content. The student must take a multiple-choice exam (50 questions, 5 possibilities with only one valid answer), and will need 60% correct answers to get the certificate of achievement to guarantee the assimilation of concepts and the fulfillment of the objectives. Alternative: The student must submit a short paper commenting on an article (or several if they are on the same topic) of their choice from all those provided at the beginning of the course. To do this, he will have the advice of an assigned tutor and chosen from among the group of speakers. Post-training assessment survey on satisfaction of expectations.


  • Analyze and assess the body of knowledge we have on Covid-19 after more than 16 months of pandemic.
  • Widely disseminate to improve future actions against pandemics. Despite the fact that the speakers are mostly practicing doctors, an attempt will be made to give a holistic and understandable vision for people not directly involved in the clinical task.
  • Provide the most up-to-date knowledge about Covid-19 to understand broadly and in all its dimensions a historical phenomenon such as this global pandemic.
  • Analyze, in the light of existing scientific publications, the strategies that have been used in the management of the pandemic

Specific competences

At the end of the course, students will be trained and will have learned to:

  • Understand the history of a pandemic.
  • Interpret the microbiological aspects of the SARS CoV-2 virus, which causes Covid-19.
  • Understand the clinical features of the disease.
  • Know the basic elements to diagnose and treat Covid-19.
  • Know the nursing care applied in Covid-19.
  • Know how to interpret the evolution and prognosis of the disease.
  • Understand the epidemiology of Covid-19 and the SARS-CoV 2 virus.
  • Know and evaluate vaccines against Covid-19.
  • Assess the consequences at different levels of the pandemic.
  • Understand the impact produced on mental health in all its dimensions.

Course Program

Covid-19: Lessons from the Pandemic

  • 1. History of a pandemic: Dr. Gª Forcada
  • 2. Microbiology: Dr. Sánchez
  • 3. Clinic: Dr. Igúzquiza
  • 4. Diagnosis and treatment: Dr. Herrero
  • 5. Nursing care in Covid-19: Mrs. Matute
  • 6. Prognosis (long Covid, post-Covid syndrome): Dr. Igúzquiza
  • 7. Epidemiology: Dr. Palacios
  • 8. Vaccines: Dr. Torres
  • 9 Direct and indirect repercussions of the pandemic: Dr. Rubio
  • 10. Covid-19 and mental health: Dr. Gª Forcada


Active clinicians of the internal medicine service of the Reina Sofía Hospital, Tudela, Navarra, with direct involvement during the pandemic in caring for Covid-19 patients. List of professors:

Ángel García Forcada Ángel García Forcada Course Director Teresa Rubio Obanos Teresa Rubio Obanos Professor David Sánchez David Sánchez Professor Isabel Torres Courchoud Isabel Torres Courchoud Professor
Mª Jesús Igúzquiza Mª Jesús Igúzquiza Professor Tina Herrero Tina Herrero Professor Lara Palacios García Lara Palacios García Professor Estefanía Matute Lavilla Estefanía Matute Lavilla Professor