COVID-19/SARS-CoV-2 Resources & Information


COVID19 and SARS-CoV-2 Overview:

Originating in the Chinese province of Hubei and its capital, Wuhan, since COVID-19’s first emerged on December 31st, 2019, the virus has spread globally and may now be found on every continent (except Antarctica). The virus associated with the respiratory disease COVID-19, and is characterized by severe flu-like symptoms, such as fever, a dry cough, and difficulty breathing. Most people who experience symptoms recover without needing to be hospitalized, but of those who contract COVID-19, an estimated 14 – 16 %will require hospitalization. The disease has a fatality rate estimated at around 1% (although this is continuously being adjusted), which is about 10 times higher than influenza. Older people and people with preexisting immune system conditions, hypertension or diabetes are the most at risk from experiencing complications such as pneumonia or respiratory failure. 

The virus associated with COVID-19 is known as SARS-CoV-2. It is closely related to other epidemic coronaviruses such as Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) and Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS). As of March 11th, Coronavirus was declared a global pandemic by the World Health Organization.

Coronavirus can spread through infected surfaces and person-to-person transmission, such as through a cough. The best ways to prevent the spread of coronavirus include washing hands, disinfecting surfaces, avoiding large gatherings of people, and limiting exposure to potentially infected individuals.

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Graphics, Infographics & Simulations

Free Online Courses on COVID-19

  • Adaptive Learning Course by Area9 Lyceum – designed for the general public, this free course (requires sign-up) steps learners through the basics of SARS-CoV-2 and COVID19. 

News Sources 

Currently in the News




  • Science of Self-Isolation (ASAP Science)
  • Science Vs has recently begun a series of podcasts on coronavirus that does a good job on factchecking misleading information on the virus.
  • Don’t Touch Your Face (Foreign Policy) Science and international affairs of the coronavirus.
  • Tradeoffs’  page on  podcasts that explore the intersection of public health and COVID19

Additional RicochetScience Resources

Editors Note: We have built this page to share resources for educators who are looking for sources of information on the COVID-19 pandemic and the SARS-CoV-2 virus. We will be updating these resources regularly. If you have suggestions for additional resources, please use the comment form on our contact page.


  • SARS-CoV-2 SEM image: NIAID-RML


last updated: May 4, 2020

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