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Connect on Coronavirus: public engagement resources

Discover coronavirus public engagement resources from the BSI

Here you will find new resources from the British Society for Immunology to engage and inform the public about the immunology of coronavirus. 

  • Colour In Coronavirus - beautiful drawings based on microscope and computer models of the SARS-CoV-2 virus. Add colour to these drawings to make the virus striking so it will be spotted by the immune system. 


Below you will also find a variety of other coronavirus public engagement resources for all ages and abilities. If you have any recommendations for more great engaging tools please contact our Public Engagement Officer, Erika Aquino, or tag us @britsocimm. ​


Public engagement resources from BSI members


For younger audiences (up to 11 years)

  • My Hero is You, How kids can fight COVID-19!​ - a free storybook for children on COVID-19 from the World Health Organisation (WHO). This book has been developed to explain how children can protect themselves, their families and friends from coronavirus and how to manage difficult emotions when confronted with a new and rapidly changing reality. (6-11 years)
  • Coronavirus: A Book for Children is a free digital book for primary school aged children illustrated by Gruffalo illustrator Axel Scheffler, from children's publisher Nosy Crow. (5-9 years)
  • Investigate the coronavirus pandemic with this free child-led learning resource from The Economist Education Foundation.
  • Just for Kids: A Comic Exploring the New Coronavirus from the USA National Public Radio (NPR). Available in English, Spanish and Chinese.
  • This storybook from psychologist Manuela Molina is an introduction to coronavirus designed to support and reassure young children during a time of confusion and uncertainty. Available in multiple languages. Up to 7 years.
  • Science communicator James Soper has created this resource pack for teachers covering key coronavirus facts without any jargon or technical language - also great for parents/carers at who are currently homeschooling.
  • Lifeology Coronavirus Centre
  • This interactive video from LET'S GO LIVE with Maddie and Greg is a fun introduction to germs. Find out how germs get around and what's in our blood to keep us protected from them.
  • Viruses and you - a short video introducing viruses and how they work, from Dr. Joe Grove at UCL. (4-11 years)
  • How to talk about coronavirus - a guide from the Child Mind Institute.
  • All About Coronavirus is a beautifully illustrated and easy to read digital book from biomedicial researchers Dr. Sonia Aguera-Gonzalez and Prof. Adrian Lison.
  • Coco Virus is a series of illustrated stories that explain the coronavirus situation to children, available in nine languages. Created by Paul and Marguerite de Livron they aim to help parents reduce the impact of the situation on the development of their children. 

For a range of audiences

  • World Health Organisation:
  • The UKRI have created a Coronavirus: the science explained website containing a series of short articles with the evidence and the facts about the virus, the disease, the epidemic, and its control. The information is updated as new discoveries are made.
  • The Physiological Society have created an excellent and comprehensive information hub covering a wide range of coronavirus health topics.
  • The Australian and New Zealand Society for Immunology have a new coronavirus series for non-scientific audiences, including a session hosted by the BSI President, Arne Akbar, on Monday 01 June at 08:00 BST.
  • London School of Health and Tropical Medicine
  • Stop the Spread is an interactive public health information website, founded by a group of student doctors, programmers, and scientists from Cambridge University.
  • Great blog on biosafety from LifeologyKeep viruses OUT by learning how scientists keep them IN the lab.
  • What is a coronavirus? How long will the pandemic last? Roger Highfield, Science Director of the Science Museum Group, rounds up the things we know and the things we don’t in this comprehensive Q&A.
  • What happens when SARS-CoV-2 infects a human and what should we all do? Learn more about the effects of Coronavirus on the human body with this explainer video from online educators Kurzgesagt.
  • How does Coronavirus spread so quickly? Learn about exponential growth in the context of an epidemic with this short video from mathematician, Dr. Tom Crawford.
  • Are you a fan of Star Wars? Immunology Wars, an educational resource which explains the basics of the immune system through Star War movies, have made a short video about COVID-19.
  • Laboratoons.comJesús Gil-Pulido from the Spanish Society for Immunology have created this great comic, available in Spanish and English, explaining how the immune system fights against SARS-CoV-2. 

Coronavirus trackers

  • Coronavirus status checker has been developed to help the NHS coordinate it's response and build up additional data on the COVID-19 outbreak. It is open to anyone who thinks they may be displaying potential coronavirus symptoms, no matter how mild.
  • COVID-19 Symptom Tracker from the Department of Twin Research & Genetic Epidemiology at King's College London. Set-up to track the disease in real-time, the aim of the app is to help slow the outbreak. The app is available for both TwinsUK members and the general public.

More technical resources

  • The Coronavirus Tech Handbook from The London College of Political Technologists is a crowd-sourced library for technologists, civic organisations, public and private institutions, researchers, and specialists of all kinds working on responses to the pandemic. It is a rapidly evolving resource with thousands of expert contributors.
  • For those interested in vaccine research and development, check out this treatment and prevention infographic from SynBioBeta and Leaps by Bayer.​​