Sharing current science and reinforcing evidence-based public health strategies can help our society collectively navigate the coronavirus pandemic. Adapt or reuse these resources and engagement ideas with your audience.

  • COVID-19 Ask A Scientist chatbot and widget. Researchers the Federation of American Scientist researchers and volunteers through the National Science Policy Network answer the public’s questions about COVID-19. The widget code is availible on GitHub, though if you decide to use it, the organizers’ request an email at
  • Exhibit panels for anyone to use. The New York Hall of Science (NYSCI) has created a four-panel bilingual exhibition that they have graciously agreed to share with the science center community free of charge. Please contact for information about how to access the high-resolution PDF. Thanks to New York–Presbyterian, Queens for their support of the exhibition and to NYSCI for making it available to other institutions. (See more in this blog post from NYSCI.)
  • Virtual community discussions
    • The Museum of Science, Boston, partnered with WGBH to host a free, community-wide town-hall forum on March 8 on the COVID-19 coronavirus. A recording of the community conversation is available.
    • The Pacific Science Center in Seattle planned to host a livestream event on March 24 to connect its community directly with local experts and leaders in epidemiology and community health plus public health officials.
  • Curated research. The Pacific Science Center created an Understanding COVID-19 page to round up scientific research, public health guidance, and articles on the social and cultural context of this pandemic.
  • Communicating with children
Infectious Disease Exhibitions
  • The Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History has hosted a temporary exhibit—Outbreak: Epidemics in a Connected World—about the role of viruses and their connection to human health. The museum has created a DIY version that is freely available to museums, community centers, hospitals, and more. The DIY toolkit is available in five languages and includes pre-designed panels, two customizable temples, interactive multimedia, a 3D model, and an extensive resource guide. Please contact for information about accessing the DIY exhibit.
  • Last year, the New York Hall of Science launched a digital interactive comic, which focuses on how to use scientific evidence to understand and combat viruses, as well as an associated activity guide. Transmissions: Gone Viral, which focuses on the spread of the West Nile virus, was supported by the National Institutes of Health’s Science Education Partnership Award (SEPA) program. Read more about the project in this article from the November/December 2019 issue of ASTC’s Dimensions magazine.

Trustworthy Resources on Public Health

In terms of public health, expert guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and World Health Organization (WHO) suggest that the best way to limit the risk posed by coronavirus is to follow more general strategies for public health, which will also help protect against influenza, colds, and other communicable diseases, including:

  • Regular and thorough handwashing
  • Regularly cleaning and disinfecting commonly touched surfaces and objects
  • Ensuring that vaccinations are up to date
  • Staying at home when sick

The websites of official sources such as Federal government science and health agencies and state and local public-health departments are a good first stop for fact-based information. In addition, scientific societies are sharing trustworthy information about the science of COVID-19.  See below for some helpful links:

This list is provided as a service to the community and inclusion of a resource does not necessarily imply endorsement by ASTC.

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