If there ever was a time for the skills of finding credible sources, understanding information in a variety of formats, getting the gist, sorting through evidence, figuring out and accurately using new words and phrases, building knowledge, and communicating clearly--that time is certainly now.
You've received official communications from jobs, schools, and various levels of government. Here are some of the links they reference, plus a few additional resources that may be helpful. (If you'd like to understand just why washing your hands with soap is effective, read this article.)
As the situation settles into a new normal, we'll add more relevant teaching ideas like these from from Facing History & Ourselves. In the meantime, stay well, and stay in touch.
Updates and Information:
- Massachusetts state government, Massachusetts DOE
- Massachusetts numbers in the WGBH daily coronavirus update
- WHO: Web page on COVID-19, Q&A on coronaviruses (COVID-19), and Coronavirus diseases (COVID-19) Advice for the public: Myth busters from The World Health Organization
- Coronavirus (COVID-19): What You Need to Know from Johns Hopkins Medicine
- CDC: Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Situation Summary, Resources for Home, and Mitigation Strategies for Massachusetts from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- Video: How a virus invades your body
- Video: Exponential Growth and Epidemics
- Article with simulations: Why outbreaks like coronavirus spread exponentially, and how to flatten the curve
- Infographic/Simulation from The Washington Post, "How epidemics like COVID-19 end (and how to end them faster)"
- Podcast Clips from the BBC World Service, on topics such as "Coronavirus outbreak: how do we treat it?"
And finally, here's the PDF of an article from March 9 (with follow-up tweets) by chemistry professor Palli Thordarson on why "deadly viruses are no match for plain soap" (and another version of the article at The Guardian):