Generation Z differs notably from previous generations like Baby Boomers or Generation X. In recent years, young adults have been persisting through the COVID-19 pandemic, though not unscathed. This paper seeks to answer the following question: How does Generation Z differ in its outlook on Viral diseases compared to previous generations? Using a series of three surveys conducted on three seperate Viral diseases (HIV, Zika, and COVID 19), it was found that while Generation Z has improved in its ability to combat Viral outbreaks due to factors like high digital literacy, other factors such as poorer mental health show that not everything about Generation Z has improved from previous generations.
First Advisor Department
Public and Allied Health
Daniel Mark Pavuk
Second Advisor Department
McWhorter, Ian, "Emerging Viral Diseases: Generation Z's Outlook" (2022). Honors Projects. 816.