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.

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 strategies for public health, which will also help protect against influenza, colds, and other communicable diseases, including:

  • Wearing of cloth face masks covering nose and mouth whenever indoors and when social distancing is not possible outside
  • Maintaining social distancing of at least six feet whenever interacting with those outside of the immediate family unit living together
  • Staying at home when sick
  • Regular and thorough handwashing
  • Regularly cleaning and disinfecting commonly touched surfaces and objects
  • Ensuring that vaccinations are up to date

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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