ON THIS EPISODE: What’s all the fuss over the Coronavirus? Angie answers four key questions. Plus, the U.S. has signed a deal to bring peace to Afghanistan after nearly two decades of war.
Last week, the U.S. and the Taliban signed a deal to hopefully bring peace to Afghanistan. Here are some resources to more fully understand what's at stake.
- Who are the Taliban? The BBC explains the history of the group that came to rule much of Afghanistan by the late 1990's.
- The United States first invaded Afghanistan after the September 11, 2001 terror attacks. The History Channel explains in detail the run-up to the invasion.
- The peace deal signed last week would have the U.S. withdraw all troops by spring of next year, but there are many doubts it will bring a lasting peace to the war-torn country. The liberal news website Vox.com explains some of the concerns.
- America has spent the last 20 years fighting in Afghanistan, spending $2 trillion according to the liberal-leaning New York Times. What did it get us? Read their take.
As the deadly Coronavirus spreads, you might be asking some basic questions. We can't answer every question in the show, so here are some links to trustworthy sources to answer more questions. Beware though, not all questions have absolute answers at this point, as scientists are just starting to understand this virus.
- What are the chances of dying? The BBC breaks it down.
- Frequently asked questions from the Centers for Disease Control, the federal government's public health agency. Questions include: How the virus is spread, how it's tested for, and how you can protect yourself. Deeper: Read more about the CDC and what its role is in this crisis.
- Another FAQ from the World Health Organization, the United Nation's public health agency. Questions include: Should I be worried? Should I wear a mask? Deeper: Read more about the WHO and what it does.
Take the Quiz:
After watching the episode, consider discussing the following questions.
- Why do some scientists think that the death rate from Coronavirus might actually be lower than the presently understood 3.5%?
- How could it be a problem that many with the Coronavirus show only mild symptoms, especially at the beginning?
- Why is it important to refer to facts and information you can trust when trying to learn about the Coronavirus?
- What could have been some reasons for U.S. citizens having a declining interest in or support for the war in Afghanistan since Osama BinLaden was killed?