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Video: COVID-19 Why it Matters, Part 6: Can pandemics be stopped before they start?

This video series features UW-Green Bay’s Immunologist Brian Merkel on COVID-19 and Why it Matters. This series empowers viewers with knowledge to help them navigate through the pandemic. Merkel has a Ph.D. in Microbiology & Immunology from the Medical College of Virginia. He is an associate professor in UW-Green Bay’s Human Biology & Biology programs and has an appointment at the Medical College of Wisconsin Department of Microbiology and Immunology. He will be responding to a number of questions related to COVID19 and try to get behind the “why” it’s important to be educated in your decision-making as we navigate the pandemic together.

Video Transcript – COVID-19 Why it Matters, Part 6: Can pandemics be stopped before they start?

Hi, I’m Brian Merkel, Immunologist at UW-Green Bay, and we’re here to talk about Why COVID-19 matters to you. I think an important question is, can pandemics be stopped before they start? And the answer to that is possible but very, very difficult. The evidence indicates that COVID-19 originated from China. At the end of the day we live in a global society and what that means realizing that when disease is anywhere it can be and is always diseases can be everywhere. It really becomes a matter of where we want to apply our resources. Because it’s very difficult to stop a pandemic in terms of preventing it from ever starting. But if we invest in health care and other measures that are going to put us in the best position possible to deal with these problems when they arise the better off we’re all going to be. Particularly with respiratory diseases like COVID-19 you can be asymptomatic and spread the disease. We can circle the globe within 24 hours by jet so, these things are very, very difficult to stop. But the question becomes what are we going to do when they start? And the more we invest in good public health measures the better off we’re going to be.

COVID-19 Why it Matters:

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Video: COVID-19 Why it Matters, Part 5—I’m young! Why should I care?

This video series features UW-Green Bay’s Immunologist Brian Merkel on COVID-19 and Why it Matters. This series empowers viewers with knowledge to help them navigate through the pandemic. In this video Prof. Merkel discusses how we can get back to the life we remember.

Merkel has a Ph.D. in Microbiology & Immunology from the Medical College of Virginia. He is an associate professor in UW-Green Bay’s Human Biology & Biology programs and has an appointment at the Medical College of Wisconsin Department of Microbiology and Immunology. He will be responding to a number of questions related to COVID19 and try to get behind the “why” it’s important to be educated in your decision-making as we navigate the pandemic together.

Video Transcript – COVID-19 Why it Matters, Part 5: I’m young! Why should I care?

Brian Merkel, Microbiology and Immunology, talking about why COVID-19 matters to you.

A big part of what we want to talk about is in terms of empowering you to be a part of this collective effort, to reduce the problem that is COVID-19.

We all want the economy to get back to where we want it to be. We all want to return to the lives that we used to know. So, even though you as a younger individual may have a lower risk in terms of disease and dying from COVID-19, you play a vital role in preventing the virus from being spread to someone else that have may have may have more dire consequences should they become infected.

And so, the more individuals that become infected that can’t handle the disease the greater the impact that’s going to have on the economy, The greater the burden that’s going to have on hospitals, and the harder it’s going to be for us to return to a life that we remembered before COVID-19 became a problem that it is.

So, related to all that we have to start thinking about how the virus is transmitted. This is generally thought as thought of as a respiratory disease. And what that means here is that the virus can contaminate surfaces so, we have to be mindful of washing our hands. The virus can be released when we exhale, when we sing, when we cough, when we sneeze. And the reason why those realities are important because that is the reason why we talk about face coverings. Those are the reasons why we talk about hand hygiene and keeping our hands clean. And the more we do that the greater and harder time we’re going to give the virus to continuing to infect other individuals.

And as more and more of us that do that while we wait for a vaccine, the quicker we’re going to get to be able to return to a life that we remember.

COVID-19 Why it Matters: Video Series Introduction with Brian Merkel https://youtu.be/M-yYPSPk30Q

Part 1: What are viruses and where did this one come from https://youtu.be/DYbiIv8ICgs

Part 2: Two main types of viruses https://youtu.be/O-OVk3rx96s

Part 3: Why is this virus serious? https://youtu.be/EDFyNN8i5G4

Part 4: Why wash hands/wear mask? https://youtu.be/FlcAvlt876Y

Part 5: I’m young! Why should I care? https://youtu.be/TDrEV_beY1U

Photos of a student exercising on a treadmill and hooked up to a breathing mask, while two students monitor the male runner and a professor looks on during the UW-Green Bay's Exercise Physiology lab.

Video: Human Biology is the perfect preparation for health science careers

Caitlyn Hibner knew most of her life that she wanted to become a physical therapist. She has gone through physical therapy herself and came out with a strong desire to help others regain their life. Caitlyn really loves the hands-on labs in the Human Biology Program and how her professors “genuinely want you to succeed and want you to be successful in whatever pathway you’re taking.”

Video Transcript:

I chose the Human Biology Program here at UW-Green Bay because I’ve known that I wanted to go into physical therapy for pretty much my whole life. Going through the physical therapy process myself really solidified that for me so, I knew that I needed to get there, and the Human Biology Program was the way to go. My favorite lab that I have taken at UW-Green Bay is Exercise Physiology being an athlete myself I kind of am forced to work out a lot and this class was so engaging and we did so many cool experiments with all the incredible equipment that we have here and just to learn how the body responds to all that activity is really incredible. What I personally enjoy most about the Human Biology Program, is the professors. They don’t make you just feel like another face in their class. They genuinely want you to succeed and want you to be successful in whatever pathway you’re taking. They help you learn hard content without even really feeling like you’re learning because they make it so fun and so engaging. And I think the biggest thing that they do for you, is they give you opportunities outside of the classroom. They want you to join in on their research and they will go above and beyond to make sure that you get whatever you need whether that’s in their class or not.

A career in physical therapy has always been my dream. I really just want to help people. And since being here, I feel prepared and I feel ready and I know that I’m going to be successful at the next level because of the classes and the experience that I’ve gotten here. The Human Biology Program here at UW-Green Bay is an incredible program for anyone looking to go into the healthcare field, physical therapy, dietetics, future medicine.

So, don’t worry, come to campus and when it’s all said and done, you’re going to miss it and you’re going to want to come back.”

— Video by Sue Pischke, Office of Marketing and Communication

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Video: Custodial staff work to keep campus safe

Custodial Lead Heather Wade cleans the Cofrin Library to help prepare for our fall 2020 opening.  Custodial staff across all four campuses have been following new cleaning guidelines provided by the CDC and other health experts. When you see custodial workers, please let them know that our Phoenix Family is thankful for all the work that they are doing to keep us safe on campus.

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Video: COVID-19 Why it Matters, Part 4: Why wash hands/wear mask?

This video series features UW-Green Bay’s Immunologist Brian Merkel on COVID-19 and Why it Matters. This series empowers viewers with knowledge to help them navigate through the pandemic. Merkel has a Ph.D. in Microbiology & Immunology from the Medical College of Virginia. He is an associate professor in UW-Green Bay’s Human Biology & Biology programs and has an appointment at the Medical College of Wisconsin Department of Microbiology and Immunology. He will be responding to a number of questions related to COVID19 and try to get behind the “why” it’s important to be educated in your decision-making as we navigate the pandemic together.

 

Video Transcript – COVID-19 Why it Matters, Part 4: Why wash hands/wear mask?

Brian Merkel, Microbiology and Immunology, talking about Why COVID-19 matters to you.

COVID-19 is a respiratory agent and what that means and why that’s important is that it can contaminate surfaces, so we have to be mindful about keeping our hands clean and washing our hands for 20 seconds.

It also means that when we breathe and exhale and when we yell or when we talk and when we cough and we sneeze because this is a respiratory disease, those are all opportunities for the virus to get out in the environment and infect someone else. Given those realities, that’s why hand washing becomes very important and it’s considered to be 20 seconds to be effective. And face coverings very very clearly when both the infected and uninfected when both parties as much face covering and face and mask wearing as we can have the better off we’re going to be. Because it reduces the ability for the virus to be transmitted and to infect other people.

COVID-19 Why it Matters Video Series:

  • Video Series Introduction with Brian Merkel https://youtu.be/M-yYPSPk30Q
  • Part 1: What are viruses and where did this one come from https://youtu.be/DYbiIv8ICgs
  • Part 2: Two main types of viruses https://youtu.be/O-OVk3rx96s
  • Part 3: Why is this virus serious? https://youtu.be/EDFyNN8i5G4
  • Part 4: Why wash hands/wear mask? https://youtu.be/FlcAvlt876Y

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Video: Student Mask Information & Distribution

Greetings Phoenix family. Safety is our top priority this fall and that is why all individuals must wear a face covering once inside any UW-Green Bay campus building, which includes the concourse system. The University provides two free cloth facemasks for every student. On the Green Bay Campus, students can pick up their free masks at the University Ticketing and Information Center (UTIC) in the University Union. At the Marinette, Manitowoc, and Sheboygan Campuses, pick up your masks at or near Student Services. Also, on the Green Bay Campus inside the Community Center at Residence Life, students have the option for the mask laundry exchange service, where you pick up a clean mask, return it to be laundered, and immediately receive a new clean mask. Students unable to wear a face covering, should contact Disability Services at dis@uwgb.edu or 920-465-2841 before classes begin regarding accommodations. For more information related to COVID-19 and the University’s plan for returning to campus safely https://www.uwgb.edu/phoenix-forward

Video Transcript:  Greetings Phoenix family, I’m here to talk to you about staying safe. Safety is our number one priority here on-campus for the fall. Students we have two options for masks for you. In the University Union we have the University and Ticketing and Information Center, which is where if you are looking for a mask for the fall, we have you covered. You can go ahead and pick up two reusable masks that we’ll issue to you all students. You can also pick up those masks in Residence Life at the Community Center. An additional option is if you want a mask that will launder for you, you go ahead and pick that up in the Community Center and then when you’re done and like a clean one you drop it off and we’ll reissue you a new clean one. We have two types of masks that I’ll explain what they are: This is the first type that if you pick up in the Res Life Community Center will be launderable. So, you pick this mask up we’ll issue you one and then when you want it cleaned you just drop it off and we’ll reissue a second one. This mask here is one of the up to two that will go ahead and issue the students who are looking for a reusable mask that’s theirs to keep. If you’re looking for something a little more fancy or looking for some of your share your GB spirit we do have masks available for sale in the Phoenix Bookstore. They have this version and they also have a similar one that says Green Bay and across the front. Those are available for purchase if you want to pick something else up that’s different and show your school spirit. If you are unable to wear a mask for any medical reason, we do ask that you reach out to the Disability Services Office to make sure that you have an accommodation put on file and they can help you through the process to find a suitable alternative to make sure we keep you and us safe on campus.

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Video: COVID-19 Why it Matters, Part 3 – Why is this virus so serious?

This video series features UW-Green Bay’s Immunologist Brian Merkel on COVID-19 and Why it Matters. This series empowers viewers with knowledge to help them navigate through the pandemic. Merkel has a Ph.D. in Microbiology & Immunology from the Medical College of Virginia. He is an associate professor in UW-Green Bay’s Human Biology & Biology programs and has an appointment at the Medical College of Wisconsin Department of Microbiology and Immunology. He will be responding to a number of questions related to COVID19 and try to get behind the “why” it’s important to be educated in your decision-making as we navigate the pandemic together.

 

Video Transcript – COVID-19 Why it Matters, Part 3: Why is this virus serious?

Brian Merkel, Microbiology and Immunology, talking about why COVID-19 matters to you.

COVID-19 is a very serious disease. It carries a high fatal case fatality rate much higher than seasonal influenza. It is highly transmissible, which means it spreads around very quickly and efficiently. And for people like me who study public health there are really two things that become important when we think about what makes something very serious and a threat. And the two things that are particularly are important, number one is what the case fatality rate and for this one it’s high and how transmissible or how contagious it is.

This particular disease is serious in terms of those two things. The other thing to become serious too is that as a consideration is that we don’t have drugs to treat the infection and we don’t have a vaccine to prevent the population from becoming infected. And so, what that means is for those individuals that are particularly at high risk, there’s a high risk for those individuals suffering severe disease and or death. And so, as we continue with these video clips we’re going to talk about what you can do to try to help and what our collective responsibility is.

Other videos from the series you may have missed:

COVID-19 Why it Matters: Video Series Introduction with Brian Merkel https://youtu.be/M-yYPSPk30Q

Part 1: What are viruses and where did this one come from https://youtu.be/DYbiIv8ICgs

Part 2: Two main types of viruses https://youtu.be/O-OVk3rx96s

Graphic showing the UW-Green Bay phoenix and the words, "Commencement Aug 22, 2020."

Video: Sights and sounds of Drive-Thru Commencement 2020

UW-Green Bay’s unique Drive-Thru Commencement Experience was Saturday, August 22, 2020. About 200 seniors and hundreds of family members participated in the vehicle parade, where each new graduate received a gift, their diploma cover, had an opportunity for a photo with Chancellor Michael Alexander, and took advantage of professional photo opportunities with family and friends in front of the Phoenix Rising statue. Most said they were grateful for a chance to celebrate this major milestone.

Video by Sue Pischke, University Marketing & Communication

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Video: Financial Aid and Emergency Grant information

Attention UW-Green Bay students. Talking about finances is difficult! GBOSS is here to help! GBOSS or the “Green Bay One Stop Shop” specializes in helping students with Financial Aid and Emergency Grant information. The office is open remotely 7:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. by phone, 920-465-2111, email, gboss@uwgb.edu, or virtual appointment. Find more at https://www.uwgb.edu/gboss/.

Video Transcript: Hi, I’m Jennifer Jones, your Assistant Vice Chancellor for Enrollment Services at UW-Green Bay. Today I’d like to talk to you about something many people find uncomfortable to talk about and that is money. Many of us are nervous about how we’re going to afford college this fall, how we’re going to pay for our classes. If you’re one of those people and you’re unsure or your family situation your income has changed this year, please reach out to Financial Aid. You can do this by contacting GBOSS. GBOSS is the best place to start. GBOSS has connections to all the resources both financial aid emergency grants and anything else that you need to be successful in your career at UW-Green Bay. Please don’t hesitate to reach out and have that conversation. You can schedule an appointment, you can email, you can call. You can have a video chat with a financial aid advisor to talk about your specific situation. Please reach out. GBOSS is easy to connect with 920-465-2111 or GBOSS gboss@uwgb.edu. I hope to hear from you soon. We are all in this together and we can’t wait to support you to see your success at UW-Green Bay.

Amanda Rosado, student in the UW-Green Bay Social Work Program, wears a face mask as she stands in front of the Marketplace entrance.

Video: Dining Guidelines & App for Fall 2020 Semester

Attention Green Bay Campus students, faculty, and staff… Dining Services has new safety dining procedures and a new UWGB Dining App. Search for “Transact Mobile Ordering” and download. Then search for “UWGB Dining” and login using UWGB credentials.

The new Dining Area Guidelines:
-Food may only be consumed in designated areas of campus
-Areas will be marked to ensure all users abide by physical distancing requirements
-Masks must be worn unless actively eating or drinking
-You must be seated in the designated area to be able to remove your mask

Try to limit your visit to 30 minutes or less. Thanks for helping us protect the Phoenix Family!

Video Transcript: Hello, Phoenix Family UW-Green Bay is prioritizing our safety first and foremost when coming back this fall. You will be required to wear a mask when you are not actively eating or drinking. Tables and chairs will be placed six feet apart as well. UW-Green Bay is becoming creative with the ways with our dining services. There will be plus one meals available where you can take a meal with you and eat at any dining location on campus. There are Phoenix feet stickers placed on the floor when you are entering the Marketplace in order to issue social distancing. You will not need to serve yourself there will be people that will serve your food for you. As well as for drinks people will put a cup down for you so that you can pick it up safely. UWGB will be offering their own Dining App this semester for online delivery or pickup for your food, as well as free delivery to all residence halls on campus.