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Understanding COVID-19


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Science and an informed public are humanity’s best hopes in addressing COVID-19, climate change, and other threats. As this region’s science center, Pacific Science Center’s work is more important than ever.

While we are closed to the public, we will work as hard as we can to continue serving the community. That includes using this webpage, email, social media and other channels to keep the public informed about COVID-19, disease prevention, and other science. We are continually adding content to our website, including Curiosity at Home educational resources and science-based activities for remote learning. PacSci depends on financial support from the community, especially now. Please consider donating generously.


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Related Events

COVID-19 Livestream: Connect with the Experts

Event Postponed | New date to be announced
Due to the Stay Home, Stay Healthy order issued by Governor Inslee on March 23, we are postponing the COVID-19 livestream because we do not currently have the technology solution to enable panelists to participate remotely. We will investigate options and are hoping to post a new date shortly.

COVID-19 is one of the most significant public health crises we have ever faced. Pacific Science Center is pleased to present a live online conversation about COVID-19 with some of our region’s experts in epidemiology and public health. Learn more

Read a blog interview with Teresita Batayola, one of the panelists



Related Exhibits

New York Hall of Science’s Science Behind the News: Coronavirus Exhibit

Every day, there is new information about new viruses. We are experiencing that now with the COVID-19 pandemic right here in our own home in Seattle, as well as sweeping the globe. This can be confusing and scary, especially without the facts. The New York Hall of Science’s Outbreak exhibit provides information about the science behind viruses, and also gives context to what’s going on.

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Curiosity at Home

Ignite your curiosity at home with streaming live science shows, hands-on STEM activities, tutorials, interviews, and more. These educational activities and resources are for all ages of learners and are meant to inspire and excite all people about science.

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Science and innovation is happening in real time in our community and around the globe. We’ll be periodically posting some of the links and resources that we’ve found useful in understanding COVID-19.


Tracking a pandemic: Q&A with a COVID-19 detective
Read about how scientists at Fred Hutch have become COVID-10 detectives by tracking changes to the virus’ genetic code. Changes act like fingerprints, helping researchers chart its global movements in near real time. Read more
Posted April 2, 2020

Coronavirus COVID-19 Global Cases by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at Johns Hopkins University (JHU)
Looking for tools that track the COVID-19 outbreak in real time? Johns Hopkins University created a dashboard mapping tool to help you do just that. Read more
Posted March 18, 2020

People ‘shed’ high levels of coronavirus, study finds, but most are likely not infectious after recovery begins
Ready for a deep dive into virology? Did you know that people can ‘shed’ viruses? Highlight: “The study also noted that people who are infected begin to develop antibodies to the virus quickly, typically within six to 12 days. The rapid rise of antibodies may explain why about 80% of people infected with the virus do not develop severe disease.” Read more
Posted March 18, 2020

Why outbreaks like coronavirus spread exponentially, and how to “flatten the curve”
Have you been hearing the phrase “flatten the curve” lately? Dig into the Washington Post’s fascinating coronavirus simulator to look at how social distancing effects the spread of this pandemic. Play with these visual models to see the impact of different outbreak responses. Read more
Posted March 17, 2020

Does closing schools slow the spread of coronavirus? Past outbreaks provide clues
Curious about whether closing schools helps slow the spread of COVID-19? Researchers review similar outbreaks in the past to find out from Science MagazineRead more
Posted March 17, 2020

Gates-funded program will soon offer home-testing kits for new coronavirus
A local research project will soon offer home-testing kits for COVID-19 thanks to funding from The Gates Foundation. Soon they’ll be able to test 1000s of samples per day, helping researchers know how far the disease has spread. Read more
Posted March 10, 2020

The race to unravel the United States’ biggest coronavirus outbreak
Local virologists and genomicists are working around the clock to diagnose, figure out transmission, and test treatments of the COVID-19 virus. Read this article from Nature magazine to learn about their work! Read more
Posted March 9, 2020

University of Washington coronavirus puzzle game aims to crowdsource a cure
Help scientists find a COVID-19 cure! How, you ask? Play the University of Washington Center for Game Science’s puzzle game. They are crowdsourcing designs for new antiviral proteins to combat COVID-19 via their Foldit game. You don’t have to be a scientist to participate, either—sometimes solutions come from unexpected places. Read more
Posted March 9, 2020

UW Medicine gets green light to test for coronavirus
A new COVID-19 test was created right here in Seattle! The University of Washington Virology laboratory recently received approvals to begin testing and potentially speed up the time to determine if someone has the virus. Read more
Posted March 6, 2020

Resources for Kids


If Your Kid Keeps Asking ‘Why,’ Give Them an Answer
Do your kids have endless questions? Read about why questions are important for their development and why answers are even more important. Read more
Posted March 30, 2020

Stuck at Home? These 12 Famous Museums Offer Virtual Tours You Can Take on Your Couch (Video)
Want to go to a museum, but stuck at home? Never fear, museums around the world are delivering arts and culture straight to your screen with virtual tours! Explore the Guggenheim Museum in NYC, the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, the National Museum of Anthropology in Mexico City, and more. We love seeing so much energy on digital platforms. Read more
Posted March 18, 2020

Helping Children and Teens Cope with Anxiety About COVID-19
How do you help your children and teenagers cope with COVID-19 anxiety? Seattle Children’s Hospital has some tips. Read more
Posted March 17, 2020

Coronavirus prevention: 10 awesome songs to sing while you wash your hands
Can handwashing be inspiring? Yes, yes it can. Take this opportunity to belt out your favorite tunes as you thoroughly wash your hands! Do it in public restrooms. Sing for your pet. But most importantly, sing for your health. Read more
Posted March 9, 2020

Just For Kids: A Comic Exploring The New Coronavirus
Looking for a gentle way to talk to kids about COVID-19? NPR has just the thing. This comic was created to help you answer common questions—bonus, it can also be printed out and folded into a zine for on-the-go FAQ needs! Read more
Posted March 9, 2020

Public Health Guidance

What we know about the coronavirus model the White House unveiled
How are public health policies and regulations made? Learn about the models and data behind the U.S. governments decision to extend it’s social distancing order through April 30, 2020. Read more
Posted April 2, 2020

How soap kills the coronavirus
How does handwashing prevent the spreading of viruses? Watch and find out. Read more
Posted April 2, 2020

Separating the Facts From the Misinformation About COVID-19
There is so much infomration available about COVID-19, and it can be challenging to tell the difference between fact and fiction. Get answers to all your questions. Read more
Posted April 2, 2020

A psychologist’s science-based tips for emotional resilience during the coronavirus crisis
Don’t forget to take care of your mental wellbeing during the COVID-19 outbreak. The Washington Post has some advice for dealing with stress and uncertainty during this crisis. Take care of yourself. Read more
Posted March 18, 2020

As the novel coronavirus spreads throughout Washington, can you boost your immunity with food?
Can you boost your immune system with food? Seattle Times investigates! Read more
Posted March 18, 2020

Why COVID-19 can’t beat a good hand-washing
What’s the most important thing you can do to fight COVID-19 (and a whole host of other diseases)? Wash. Your. Hands. It works! But why? Read more
Posted March 13, 2020


Contextual Information

How To Tell If We’re Beating COVID-19
How do we know if our efforts o How To Tell If We’re Beating COVID-19

f staying home and staying safe are affecting the spread of COVID-19? Watch this analysis of the growth numbers from MinutePhyiscs. Watch video
Posted April 2, 2020

Why Coronavirus Will Stimulate Innovation
Pandemics have stimulated innovation for thousands of years. Read about societal and economic innovations that have emerged from historically challenging times. What innovations might COVID-19 bring? Read more
Posted April 2, 2020

Yes, the new coronavirus is mutating—but that’s not a bad thing
COVID-19 is mutating, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. This scientific analysis explains how viruses change over time and what that means for COVID-19. Read more
Posted April 2, 2020

Scarcity Of Health Workers A New Concern As Self-Quarantining Spreads With Virus
What is “flattening the curve,” and why is it so important? @NPR has answers for you in this article about the impact COVID-19 has had on the health care system. Read more
Posted March 18, 2020

Coronavirus disease (COVID-19): Exponential growth and epidemics
Math? Math. Indulge your inner math nerd with this 3Blue1Brown video illustrating how exponential growth applies to the COVID-19 outbreak. Watch now
Posted March 17, 2020

Coronavirus: Why You Must Act Now
As Seattleites know, closing businesses and schools during pandemics has a huge impact on the community and local economy. Read an argument that this decision is crucial for public health. Let us know what do you think @pacsciRead more
Posted March 17, 2020

Before coronavirus: How Seattle handled the Spanish flu
Did you know that this isn’t the first time our community has been asked to take extraordinary measures to address an epidemic? Learn about how Seattle handled the Spanish Flu from Crosscut. Read more
Posted March 10, 2020


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