Control the spread and return to work safely

Chemistry in Practice: Reduce the Spread of Viruses is an on-demand educational course from ACS Publications intended for all professionals, academics or students returning to work settings. Developed and reviewed by leading experts in the fields of infectious disease, medicinal chemistry, and healthcare, this course consists of seven 15 minute lessons and a self-assessment module, focused on:

How the virus spreads

How a Virus Spreads

Learn about viruses that cause respiratory infections, how a virus spreads, 6 factors about droplets, and what makes an outbreak severe.

wearing and caring for masks

Wearing and Caring for Masks

Understand how masks work, effective wearing of masks, and caring for your mask properly. Access research from ACS Publications on fabric and layers of masks.
effective hand hygiene

Effective Hand Hygiene

Evaluate if you really know how to wash your hands, plus how much soap you should use, which is most effective, how hand sanitizer works, and more.
recommendations on gloves and face shields

Recommendations on Gloves and Face Shields

Find out when and if you should use gloves and face shields. Understand the difference between droplet transmission and indirect contact transmission.
navigating group situations

Navigating Group Situations

In this lesson, you will evaluate the concentration of the virus in the air and the protective actions you might take. Understand your own risk and when to social distance with a risk-assessment calculator.  
cleaning and disinfecting

Cleaning and Disinfecting

Learn the three most common mistakes when using disinfectants. Understand how disinfectants work and what needs to be disinfected, plus access the CDC Decision Tree on cleaning and disinfecting surfaces.
how we fight a virus

How We Fight a Virus

Understand the difference between the body's natural defense systems, vaccines, antivirals and other treatments. Address frequently asked questions around herd immunity, safely developing vaccines, and testing.
capstone: a day in the life

Capstone: A Day in the Life

In a final self-assessment capstone module, learners will be evaluated on key takeaways and lessons learned. Upon completion, you will receive a Chemistry in Practice: Reduce the Spread of Viruses certificate.


Two modules are made freely available to anyone who registers. Companies or institutions that wish to purchase this course for use within their own learning management systems (LMS) should contact
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