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IST 360 Global Health: COVID-19 in Context: Useful keywords

Useful keywords for searching

Appropriate keywords - the key to successful searches

When searching for information to complete the 4 stages of the Country Expert portfolio, identifying appropriate keywords is essential. Here are some suggestions.

Terms related to a country's response to COVID-19

  • international public health response
  • global public health response
  • public policy response
  • policy response
  • pandemic response protocol
  • epidemiological study
  • epidemiological response
  • any/all these terms combined with the name of your country

Names of recent past epidemics and pandemics

  • H1N1 (or A(H1N1 or A/H1N1)
  • H1N2 (or Novel porcine H1N2 virus or swine flu)
  • SARS
  • MERS CoV
  • Cholera
  • Yellow fever
  • Dengue Fever
  • Zika virus
  • Avian influenza
  • Ebola
  • Hand, foot and mouth disease

How to use the resources in this guide

If you view this video on YouTube (, you will find time stamps/descriptions in the video description to help you skip to the parts of the video you will find most helpful for your individual research needs. I recommend everyone watch at least the portions on how to use World News Digest, the health websites and Think Tank search, which will be your most valuable research tools.


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