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 so far:
Many in China Wear Them, but Do Masks Block Coronavirus? is from The NY Times.
How Worried Should You Be About the New Coronavirus? is from Slate.
How the new coronavirus differs from SARS, measles and Ebola is from The Washington Post.
Frequently Asked Questions and Answers is from The Centers For Disease Control.
Q&A: What is coronavirus? What you should know about the virus behind the outbreak in China is from The L.A. Times.
Mapping the spread of the new coronavirus is from The Washington Post.
Tracking Where the Coronavirus Has Spread is from The NY Times.
PHOTOS: What It’s Like Living Through An Outbreak is from NPR.
— The New York Times (@nytimes) January 25, 2020
Maps show where the coronavirus started and why officials are so worried. is from The Washington Post.
The new viral threat: What you need to know is from The Washington Post.
On Monday, The New York Times reported that five people in the United States had tested positive for the illness. But how worried should you really be? https://t.co/YrTAgyD9in
— New York Times Opinion (@nytopinion) January 29, 2020
How can you avoid coronavirus?
1. Wash your hands frequently.
2. Don’t go to the office when you are sick. Don’t send your kids to school or day care when they are sick. https://t.co/EbxiK4lSPD
— New York Times Opinion (@nytopinion) January 29, 2020
— New York Times Opinion (@nytopinion) January 30, 2020
— Jihye Lee 이지혜 (@TheJihyeLee) January 30, 2020
This flu season has killed 10,000 Americans. Coronavirus hasn’t killed anyone in the US.
my latest: https://t.co/eCyeGG8h6t
— Soumya (@skarlamangla) January 31, 2020
The Pandemic of Xenophobia and Scapegoating is from TIME.
— Kevin Whitelaw (@KevinWhitelaw1) February 6, 2020
Fears of the coronavirus translate to discrimination, xenophobia https://t.co/bQmZh1Kgrp
— Larry Ferlazzo (@Larryferlazzo) February 6, 2020
How Our Modern World Creates Outbreaks Like Coronavirus is from TIME.
.@juliaoftoronto has been doing amazing, careful reporting on the coronavirus, and this does a great job pulling it all together. Send it to your family and friends who need to know. https://t.co/DVBa406joz
— Ezra Klein (@ezraklein) February 6, 2020
Please share this video and learn more about #Coronavirus and other pandemics with free Prek-12 lesson plans, resources and activities https://t.co/fVPUfhf4Hg#EdChat #Educhat #AFTNewTeachers #CoronavirusOutbreak #facemask @AFTunion @AFTteach @AFTHealthcare pic.twitter.com/7ic055GsEg
— ShareMyLesson (@sharemylesson) February 10, 2020
How novel coronavirus spread across the world – visual explainer is from The Guardian.
How an outbreak came to be https://t.co/CzAUwwK8Uh
— Patrick LaForge (@palafo) February 13, 2020
In this lesson plan, students will learn about China’s efforts to contain the coronavirus outbreak, then consider the ethics and effectiveness of its response.https://t.co/W0fpTEvUqK
— NYT Learning Network (@NYTimesLearning) February 19, 2020
“Thank you for the kindness. Your tweets give me strength.” How the coronavirus quarantines of 2020 are unlike any other in human history. https://t.co/rxvNODT3HA
— The New York Times (@nytimes) February 18, 2020
Here’s a timeline of what we know so far about the coronavirus outbreak https://t.co/Gw5wI4g93d
— The New York Times (@nytimes) February 22, 2020
As the new coronavirus continues to spread, so too do misinformation, racist tropes and xenophobic actions. Educators should understand the historical context and current moment so they can confront these hateful messages. This resource can help.https://t.co/r2czVYFtHI
— Teaching Tolerance (@Tolerance_org) February 14, 2020
NEW: Top public health officials say Americans should prepare for the spread of the coronavirus in communities across the U.S.
“It’s not so much a question of if this will happen any more, but rather more a question of exactly when,” a CDC official says. https://t.co/4kVoFgbYde
— Geoff Bennett (@GeoffRBennett) February 25, 2020
Coronavirus map: how Covid-19 is spreading across the world is from The Guardian.
A Guide: How To Prepare Your Home For Coronavirus is from NPR.
Just For Kids: A Comic Exploring The New Coronavirus is from NPR.
“The most important lesson from 1918 is to tell the truth.” This compelling read, written 2+ years ago, is not going to make you feel better. https://t.co/BtsH6BzdIg
— Beth Popp Berman (@epopppp) February 29, 2020
Important advice for coping with coronavirus:
-Wash your hands
“Remember to not let fear override your common humanity about how you treat other people.” https://t.co/rLKeMO3Zwk
— Sarah Kaplan (@sarahkaplan48) February 28, 2020
Coronavirus map: Tracking the spread of the outbreakhttps://t.co/Woj2rfUlwt
— The New York Times (@nytimes) February 27, 2020
As the world struggles to respond to the new coronavirus, “we risk missing the really big picture,” writes @PeterDaszak. “Pandemics are on the rise, and we need to contain the process that drives them, not just the individual diseases.” https://t.co/OtlOsmPr7P
— New York Times Opinion (@nytopinion) February 27, 2020
— Colorín Colorado (@ColorinColorado) February 26, 2020
Xenophobia, racism and persecution can be a symptom of epidemic disease, writes the Harvard historian Hannah Marcus. https://t.co/qrlL1iPLog
— New York Times Opinion (@nytopinion) March 1, 2020
How does the coronavirus compare with the flu? Here’s a close look at the differences. https://t.co/b4IEGCL56U
— The New York Times (@nytimes) March 1, 2020
— Randi Weingarten (@rweingarten) February 29, 2020
How epidemics have changed the world is from The Washington Post.
Speaking Up Against Racism Around the New Coronavirus is from Teaching Tolerance.
How Concerned Are You About the Coronavirus Outbreak? is from The NY Times Learning Network.
“The coronavirus is serious. It is worth taking protective measures against,” writes Celine Tien. “But in the past few weeks, I’ve learned to be fearful of things possibly more contagious than Covid-19: racism and the silence of those who witness it.” https://t.co/daue7aS6en
— New York Times Opinion (@nytopinion) March 7, 2020
It’s harder than it sounds https://t.co/l2uwpmRBAN
— Patrick LaForge (@palafo) March 7, 2020
“At first, I vacillated between worried and bored. But then I gradually adapted to our new life … I wrote in my journal, I sketched pictures, and I learned to make a whole array of pastries.”
How people are dealing with quarantine, all over the world: https://t.co/aEKbvgfoDm
— Vox (@voxdotcom) March 6, 2020
We asked teenagers how worried they were about the outbreak. They told us how their schools are responding, how they’re sorting through disinformation, and why they’re concerned for their grandparents.https://t.co/fYracQLgk9
— NYT Learning Network (@NYTimesLearning) March 6, 2020
Tracking coronavirus cases in the United States. https://t.co/qTlBOqjh7b
— Mark S. Getzfred (@marknyt) March 5, 2020
Why pandemics activate xenophobia https://t.co/MRWNKs38UR
— Vox (@voxdotcom) March 4, 2020
How Pandemics Change History | The New Yorker https://t.co/eAVTsYoBb6
— Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) March 3, 2020
The coronavirus may turn out to be no worse than a nasty but not deadly bout of flu, and school closings won’t be necessary, says @HowardMarkel. “For now, policies to contain it should be influenced by the adage, ‘Better safe than sorry.'” https://t.co/qujADxsIDl
— New York Times Opinion (@nytopinion) March 6, 2020
Black and brown folks face daunting health problems because of social disparities caused mostly by racism. That’s why a coronavirus outbreak could devastate their communities. https://t.co/K17urQbvMt
— John Eligon (@jeligon) March 7, 2020
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.
As Coronavirus Spreads, So Does Xenophobia and Anti-Asian Racism https://t.co/uZXVTKUvdR
— TIME Health (@TIMEHealth) March 6, 2020
Practice Good Hygiene. Don’t Practice Xenophobia. https://t.co/OUakYdNs0C
— COMMON (@common) March 12, 2020
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.
This 3-D Simulation Shows Why Social Distancing Is So Important is from The NY Times and is pretty impressive.
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.
The coronavirus left one Chicago neighborhood reeling. Blocks away, residents are living life largely as normal. The difference? Income and race. https://t.co/bA8SgC8wO5
— USA TODAY (@USATODAY) May 2, 2020
“A lot of it may come from the fact that African Americans are essential employees in our system. Everything from bus drivers to health care workers and cleaning services, they are on the front line, and therefore are far more likely to be exposed.” https://t.co/UDB3LqZNn6
— Errin Haines isn’t going anywhere! 🧼🧴🙏🏾 (@emarvelous) May 2, 2020
— Alec MacGillis (@AlecMacGillis) May 2, 2020
How humans have reacted to pandemics through history – a visual guide is from The Guardian.
In this lesson, students learn about how three historical pandemics ended. Then they choose one pandemic to research further and draw their own conclusions about its medical and social ending.https://t.co/01Jv7jggzr
— NYT Learning Network (@NYTimesLearning) May 20, 2020
— Face The Nation (@FaceTheNation) May 31, 2020
Research continues to show that the disparate impact of COVID-19 on Black people is attributable not to underlying medical conditions, but to systemic racism. https://t.co/BFvCDpGKdq
— Kimberly Atkins (@KimberlyEAtkins) June 15, 2020
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.
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.
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.
6) How many aerosols linger in the air with or without masks? Look at this video under laser light. pic.twitter.com/v4asAq8nXD
— Eric Feigl-Ding (@DrEricDing) September 20, 2020
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 CDC, breaking from its recommendations on the use of masks so far, said this week that masks benefit wearers, not just those around them.
Our animation shows how masks work and how effective a swath of fabric can be at fighting the pandemic. https://t.co/dRRyrPsURx
— The New York Times (@nytimes) November 14, 2020