2. Case Example: A Mother and Son in Toronto

This lesson introduces the SARS outbreak in Toronto in 2003. The aim is to spark your thinking about epidemics and pandemics.

In the following video, you will view a dramatization of a mother and son during the SARS outbreak. We will then explore a brief history of the SARS outbreak and consider disease transmission.

(To read along click here.)

Click on the following link to read the Pandemic Course Resource:


The following quiz will help to review what you have learned so far.


In this module we will look at a specific stressful situation—the SARS pandemic in 2003—from many angles: the logistical aspects of providing healthcare; the emotional toll it took on healthcare providers, patients, and the general public; and how crucial good communication is in such situations.

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