Corona Virus (SARS-CoV-2) & COVID-19 Information

What’s up Team!

Eventually I will assign activities that incorporate the fascinating molecular biology of the novel corona virus, but for now I wanted to share some great resources that you might be interested in checking out to educate yourself about the current COVID-19 pandemic. Enjoy!

1. Where do new viruses come from? – Stated Clearly

2. The Coronavirus explained and what you should do. – Kurzgesagt – In a Nutshell

3. A kid’s guide to Corona Virus. – NYTimes The Daily

4. How soap kills the coronavirus. – TEDEd

5. Why COVID-19 is hitting us now – and how to prepare for the next outbreak – Alanna Shaikh

6. The proximal origin of SARS-CoV-2 – NATURE (This is really technical, but a very reputable study showing the novel corona virus evolved from another corona virus and was not synthesized in a lab).

7. Finally, for the super nerds out there (myself included) here is a badass website showing the most up-to-date information about the evolutionary history (phylogeny) or SARS-CoV-2 and it’s evolution as it spreads with amazing data visualization tools. Check it out!

8. Bad News Wrapped in Protein: Inside the Coronavirus Genome (NYTimes – requires you to sign up, but it’s free through June!)

9. How Coronavirus Hijacks Your Cells (NYTimes – requires you to sign up, but it’s free through June!)

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