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I originally published this post before we realized COVID had hit the US.  I’ve since deleted many of the outdated resources and kept many of the resources about historical epidemics and the racist impacts of COVID.

I know I’ve heard concerns from some students who have heard about the Coronavirus in the news, and thought I’d put together a quick list of accessible resources. I’ll be adding to them as new ones become available.

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Here’s what I have:

A History Of Quarantines, From Bubonic Plague To Typhoid Mary is from NPR.



On Social Media, Racist Responses To Coronavirus Can Have Their Own Contagion is from NPR.

The Pandemic of Xenophobia and Scapegoating is from TIME.


How Our Modern World Creates Outbreaks Like Coronavirus is from TIME.



How novel coronavirus spread across the world – visual explainer is from The Guardian.






How epidemics have changed the world is from The Washington Post.

Speaking Up Against Racism Around the New Coronavirus is from Teaching Tolerance.




On a different note, The NY Times Learning Network’s Coronavirus Resources: Teaching, Learning and Thinking Critically is a great source for teaching about the virus.

Humanity’s Long History of Making Epidemics Worse


Check out this amazing infographic: History of Pandemics.



History’s deadliest pandemics, from ancient Rome to modern America is an impressive interactive from The Washington Post.



The Front Line: Visualizing the Occupations with the Highest COVID-19 Risk is from Visual Capitalist.


FRANCE 24 English has just unveiled a series of excellent and very accessible short videos about famous pandemics in history.

You can see the entire playlist here.

I’ve embedded an example below.



How humans have reacted to pandemics through history – a visual guide is from The Guardian.




How the Coronavirus Compares With 100 Years of Deadly Events is from The NY Times.

Writing Prompts, Lesson Plans, Graphs and Films: 150 Resources for Teaching About the Coronavirus Pandemic is from The NY Times Learning Network.

How 2020 Remapped Your Worlds is from Bloomberg and is a good lesson idea – have students draw maps of how “their” world looks right now.

How a History Textbook Would Describe 2020 So Far is another good lesson idea – have students write what they think a chapter in a future history textbook about this year, particularly including the pandemic and Black Lives Matter, would look like.

COVID-19’s death and suffering could lead us to rebirth, as the bubonic plague did in Europe is from NBC News.

America’s uniquely bad Covid-19 epidemic, explained in 18 maps and charts is from Vox.

How Do Masks Really Help Us? is a lesson plan and this video from KQED:

Brainpop has published a free movie, Interview with Dr. Fauci.

Racism’s Hidden Toll is from The NY Times.

The United States’ Pre-Existing Conditions is from NPR.

‘This is a crisis’: National Urban League finds persistent racial disparities exacerbated during pandemic is from USA Today.

How The Pandemic Is Widening The Racial Wealth Gap is from NPR.

What if all covid‑19 deaths in the United States had happened in your neighborhood? is an interactive from The Washington Post.

A room, a bar and a classroom: how the coronavirus is spread through the air is a very useful interactive.

What Coronavirus Job Losses Reveal About Racism in America is an interactive from ProPublica.

UNDERSTANDING COVID-19 is from Reuters.

The COVID-19 Risk Level For Group Gatherings In Each US County, Visualized. Here’s a direct link to the map.

COVID 19 Spreading Rates

It’s time for Black folks to have a conversation between us, about us.

CoviDB 4 Kids



How COVID-19 mRNA Vaccines Work – Vaccine Makers Project from Vaccine Makers Project on Vimeo.

Google recently unveiled a new feature called A Brief History Of Vaccination. It has tons of images, interactives and videos.

I’m adding this new TED-Ed lesson and video to this list – not because I believe that’s where the coronavirus came from, but because that controversy is why there’s interest in this topic:


An illustrated history of the world’s deadliest epidemics is an impressive interactive from The Bulletin of Atomic Scientists.