A seminar entitled "COVID with us and at our side" was held earlier this week on the initiative of the ASPU Chair of First Aid, Emergencies and Civil Protection.
The online seminar attended by students from different faculties aimed to raise students' awareness of the coronavirus pandemic, to remind once again about anti-epidemic measures and to exchange results of various studies.
Narine Sahakyan, Head of the Chair of First Aid, Emergencies and Civil Protection, stressed the importance of the online meeting and focused on issues associated with COVID-19 in the world and in Armenia in particular. She believes that the best way to prevent and slow down transmission of COVID-19 is to be well informed about the virus. "Although there is still no explanation why the signs and symptoms of COVID-19 vary from person to person we can draw some conclusions about the consequences it has on the human body,” Narine Sahakyan said. Then she spoke about the scientific research carried out in Armenia, as well as about misconceptions about the fight against the pandemic.
In their reports, the students first presented the infectious diseases that have plagued humans around the world throughout the history, causes and hypotheses of their occurrence over time, waves of the COVID-19 pandemic, how they progressed, etc. The future educators once again dwelt on the common symptoms of COVID-19 (sore throat, headache, muscle pain, loss of taste and smell, gastrointestinal problems) and on different approaches and measures to prevent and manage the spread of the disease, etc. Further on, they spoke about associations between blood type and COVID-19 infection stating that individuals with blood group B are at higher risk for COVID-19 infection. The students also referred to the side effects of COVID-19 vaccines, the negative and positive impact of the pandemic on the learning process and education in general. Their speeches were followed by a Q&A session. All participants of the discussion agreed that the coronovirus has changed people’s lives and everyone is in an unusual situation today. We must remember that our health is in our hands and take responsibility for it.
Narine Sahakyan thanked the students and lecturers for the joint work and research and stressed that ‘it will give an opportunity to supplement the knowledge on this popular topic with scientific research and useful knowledge.’ She urged everyone to be informed and vigilant and to remember that the epidemic situation in our families and at ASPU depends on the behavior of each of us.