Novel Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2
3D print of a SARS-CoV-2—also known as 2019-nCoV, the virus that causes COVID-19—virus particle. The virus surface (blue) is covered with spike proteins (red) that enable the virus to enter and infect human cells. The spikes on the surface of coronaviruses give this virus family its name – corona, which is Latin for “crown,” and most any coronavirus will have a crown-like appearance. For more information, visit the NIH 3D Print Exchange at


COVID-19, a disease caused by a novel coronavirus, is forcing many communities to be on high alert. Educators can find detailed information about this important public health challenge on websites of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Coronaviruses (NIAID)

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (CDC)

In addition, SEPA Projects across the country have developed teaching resources on viruses and infectious diseases that can be used in the classroom.

A Planet of Viruses

BioEd Online: K-12 Teaching Resources on COVID-19

Carnival of Contagion

Expert-Novice Differences in Mental Models of Viruses, Vaccines, and the Causes of Infectious Disease

The Great Diseases: Bringing Biomedical Science to the High School Classroom

Helpful Hand-Washing Poster

This hand-washing poster may appeal to students and their families. It prints on legal-sized paper on most copiers.

Download: Hand-Washing Poster

Associated Institution:
National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS)