YAFI Online Programming // Disease State Management and Drug Therapy

SARS-CoV-2 and COVID-19

A Primer for Pharmacists and Technicians

Educational Objectives

After participating in this activity, pharmacists will be able to:

  • Describe the difference between SARS-CoV-2 (the virus) and COVID-19 (the viral infection).
  • Describe the pandemic’s origins of the current pandemic.
  • List signs, symptoms, and concerns related to infection.
  • Describe various approaches to help patients and customers implement protective measures.ns

Session Offered

Release Date: March 14, 2020

Expiration Date: December 31, 2021

Course Fee

Pharmacist: $7
Pharmacy Tech: $4

Session Codes

20YC36-TXF88 Pharmacist

20YC36-JXB34 Pharmacy Technician

Accreditation Hours

2.0 hours of CE


UConn faculty assembled this homestudy in response for a high demand to reliable education on coronavirus. It answers questions proposed by our learners.

Accreditation Statements

The University of Connecticut School of Pharmacy is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education.

Pharmacists and pharmacy technicians are eligible to participate in this application-based activity and will receive up to 0.2 CEU (2 contact hours) for completing the activity, passing the quiz with a grade of 70% or better, and completing an online evaluation. Statements of credit are available via the CPE Monitor on- line system and your participation will be recorded with CPE Monitor within 72 hours of submission


Grant funding: None

Cost: $7 for pharmacists, $4 for technicians

Initial Release Date: : March 14, 2020
Expiration Date: December 31,2021

To obtain CPE credit, visit the UConn Online CE Center

Use your NABP E-profile ID and the session code 20YC36-TXF88 for pharmacists or 20YC36-JXB34 for pharmacy technicians to access the online quiz and evaluation.

First- time users must pre-register in the Online CE Center. Test results will be displayed immediately and your participation will be recorded with CPE Mon- itor within 72 hours of completing the requirements.

For questions concerning the online CPE activities, email joanne.nault@uconn.edu


Jeannette Y. Wick, R.Ph. MDA, FASCP, is the Assistant Director of the Office of Pharmacy Professional Development University of Connecticut (Uconn) School of Pharmacy

C. Michael White, Pharm.D., FCP, FCCP; Professor and Chair, Pharmacy Practice, Uconn School of Pharmacy, Storrs, CT and Director, HOPES Collaborative Group, University of Connecticut and Hartford Hospital, Hartford, CT

Jeffrey R. Aeschlimann, Pharm.D. Is an Associate Professor, UConn School of Pharmacy, Adjunct Associate Professor, UConn School of Medicine, UConn Health, Division of Infectious Diseases

Faculty Disclosure

All faculty have no actual or potential conflicts of interest associated with this article.

Disclosure of Discussions of Off-label and Investigational Drug Use

This activity may contain discussion of off label/unapproved use of drugs. The content and views presented in this educational program are those of the faculty and do not necessarily represent those of the University of Connecticut School of Pharmacy. Please refer to the official prescribing information for each product for discussion of approved indications, contraindications, and warnings.



On March 10, 2020, we (the UConn School of Pharmacy) asked our listserv members if they thought a continuing education (CE) activity on the novel coronavirus would be helpful. Within seconds of sending the message, the first answer arrived. Within hours, more than 600 people responded, with 96% of respondents indicating they would like to see a CE. In 24 hours, we exceeded 800 respondents. Almost 60% asked for a written homestudy, so here it is. We’ve used your questions and comments to fashion what we think you need. We thank you for helping us understand what you face in your workplaces, and allowing us to commiserate. We also hope you’ll appreciate some levity, as we will share some amusing anecdotes. Please note that completing this homestudy requires neither facemasks nor hand sanitizer!

The best predictor of a future event is a past event. This is true for many situations and illnesses, and it is true for viral infections that cause serious illnesses. This outbreak is unique in many ways, but it is also similar to several other coronavirus outbreaks and viral epidemics. We can take comfort that we understand viruses better than ever before, and we have seen outbreaks similar to this in various parts of the world. At the same time, we need to respect the fact that this virus is different and we are still learning about its peculiarities.


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