Understanding Coronavirus and Covid-19, An Introduction to Its Virology, Immunology and Epidemiology

A Webinar Series for Fire and EMS Personnel

  • Four One-hour Segments - specially crafted for Paramedics and EMTs
  • CEUs available

The webinar is available on our learning management system (LMS).

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About the Webinar


What you will learn in a Covid-19 context:

  • Introduction to and demystifying of key concepts in epidemiology, immunology and virology.
  • What is a virus, and what makes a coronavirus special?
  • What's our best understanding of where this virus came from? 
  • How much is it "evolving"? 
  • What are the implications of changes that could develop in the virus?
  • How does testing for the virus work, and what are the advantages and disadvantages of different kinds of tests?
  • What do we know about how the virus spreads and doesn't spread? How is this different from other diseases?*
  • What do we know about the pathophysiology of the virus?* 
  • What do we know now about current best treatments?*
  • What new treatments and vaccines are on the horizon, and how may they work?  
  • What are the implications for the US and the world in the next year or two?

*Has the potential to go out of date quickly so we’ll cover the latest.

Your Principal Instructor

Mark Hensley is an epidemiologist and statistician who works with FireStats on survey design, complex data analysis, statistical modeling and curriculum development/delivery for epidemiology-related Fire/EMS courses. Mark is a biostatistician/epidemiologist with significant knowledge about Coronavirus and Covid-19.  Mark also works with contract research organizations (CROs) in partnership with major pharma companies, analyzing clinical trials and coordinating interim oversight. He also works with technology companies on Covid-19 tracking. 

Mark is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Washington in Seattle, with epidemiological research background in exposure science, maternal and child health, and cancer, expecting to complete his doctorate in Biostatistics/Epidemiology this year. He has a Master of Science in Cell and Molecular Biology from the University of Pennsylvania, where he did research on gene therapy and the immune system, and a Bachelor of Science in Molecular Biology from the University of Denver, where his research focused on developmental biology. Mark is also an international Alpine climber.



Paul Rottenberg is the president of FireStats, LLC.

FireStats, LLC., has been performing statistical analyses for municipal fire departments since 1999 and has been working for over 25 years as a consultant to business and government, providing analysis and public policy support to cities and special districts throughout the United States.

Paul has a Master’s Degree in Public Health with a concentration in health policy and management from the UCLA and an MBA from the University of San Francisco with a concentration in management and international business. He is a designated subject matter expert in deployment analysis at the National Fire Academy in Emmitsburg, MD, regularly teaches curriculum he created in fire service and EMS management, and is regular speaker at major and regional fire service conferences nationwide.


FireStats, LLC., also operates performance measurement software for fire departments around the country. Feel free to email us with inquiries.


- The FireStats Team


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