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COVID-19 Resources

Updated August 2021

Preventing the Spread

COVID-19 Vaccine — Receiving the COVID-19 vaccine if you are able to is the best way to protect yourself and others who are not able to be vaccinated.

  • COVID-19 Vaccines (Smithsonian) New
    The Smithsonian has put together a wealth of resources on the different COVID-19 vaccines, how they work, why they are effective, and how important they are.
  • Kids and Vaccines: What You Need to Know (NY Hall of Science) New
    NYSCI & ECRC Present: Town Hall on COVID-19 Vaccination

Face Masks — Masks are a proven way to help protect yourself and others from the spread of COVID-19.

  • The Science of Masks (Bakken Museum) New
    The Bakken Museum has developed a series of videos and activities to help educators and parents unpack serious concepts in a fun and engaging way with kids in kindergarten to 12th grade. Use these guides to explore different factors that make some masks more effective than others at filtering the air we breathe every day.

Resources for Families and Kids 

  • COVID-19 Tools and Resources (Smithsonian) New
    The Smithsonian has curated resources from different science centers and institutes that answer some common vaccine questions.
  • COVID-19! How Can I Protect Myself and Others? (Smithsonian Science Education Center)
    This free guide for youth from the SSEC is available in 24 different languages.
  • Talking to Kids About the Coronavirus (Child Mind Institute) 
    Experts from the Child Mind Institute offer a helpful video on how to talk to your kids about the coronavirus. Kids worry more when they’re kept in the dark. 
  • How to Talk to Your Kids About Coronavirus (PBS Kids) 
    PBS Kids offers conversation guides for talking to your kids about COVID-19. Plus, there are some helpful links to PBS Kids videos on practicing healthy habits. 

Virology 101:  The Biology of Viruses and Viral Diseases 

SARS-CoV-2 – Learning more about the virus helps us understand the prevention strategies recommended by scientists.

Coronavirus tests – A sample from a nasal swab is placed through a Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) process to detect genetic information specific to the virus.

Vaccines – Bacteria and viruses are very different, so they require different medical treatments.

Evaluating Information You Read About the Coronavirus – 


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