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PBS's COVID-19 Resources

PBS remains a highly trusted source of information for Americans throughout the coronavirus pandemic. Your support helps provide the programs, online resources, and educational materials featured below.

COVID-19 Specials and Reporting

Through personal stories, photographs and videos posted on the PBS AMERICAN PORTRAIT website, people across America share firsthand accounts of how the global coronavirus pandemic has affected their lives and our nation, and brought us all together. Premieres Friday, May 8, 9:00 p.m. ET

NOVA "Decoding COVID-19"
In this timely episode of NOVA, join doctors on the front lines of the fight against COVID-19 as they strategize to stop the spread, and meet the researchers racing to develop treatments and vaccines. Along the way, discover how this devastating disease emerged, what it does to the human body, and why it exploded into a pandemic. Premieres Wednesday, May 13, 9:00 p.m. ET

FRONTLINE “Inside Italy’s COVID War”
This special FRONTLINE report takes viewers inside a hospital battling COVID-19 cases in Northern Italy, as doctors are forced to make life and death decisions. Also this hour, a report on how the coronavirus outbreak is impacting US families already facing poverty. Premieres Tuesday, May 19, 10:00 p.m. ET

PBS NEWSHOUR anchor and managing editor Judy Woodruff and correspondents shed light on what health precautions everyone should take, as well as the pandemic’s economic impact. The special features interviews with officials, dispatches on the crisis from around the world, plus a virtual town hall with curated questions from viewers like you across the United States.

FRONTLINE “Coronavirus Pandemic”
How did the U.S. become the country with the worst known coronavirus outbreak in the world? FRONTLINE investigates the American response to COVID-19 — from Washington state to Washington, D.C. — and examines what happens when politics and science collide.

PBS Digital Studios remains a leading destination for educational resources on YouTube with videos including “Coronavirus Vaccine: Where Are We and What’s Next?,” “How to Make an Emergency Budget,” “Economic Lessons from Past Pandemics,” and “Why Soap is Still Our Best Weapon Against Coronavirus.” See the full playlist of videos.

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PBS KIDS & PBS LearningMedia Resources

PBS KIDS provides free resources to support kids 2-8, parents and caregivers, including:

PBS KIDS Video & Games Apps
Available on most devices, the apps offer on-demand educational videos, a live-stream of the PBS KIDS 24/7 channel (no subscription required), and nearly 200 educational games, which can be downloaded for offline play anytime, anywhere. Learn more about this and more PBS KIDS apps.

PBS KIDS Daily Newsletter
Every weekday, the newsletter provides educational videos, games and related hands-on activities that families can do to encourage play and learning at home. Sign up here.

PBS KIDS YouTube Channel
Offers educational videos from your favorite shows, as well as a Healthy Habits playlist, PBS KIDS Read-Alongs featuring story-times with Michelle Obama, the Kratt Brothers and PBS KIDS authors, and more.

PBS LearningMedia offers free online resources for all educators:

PBS LearningMedia Tips for Distance Learning and Virus Information & Prevention Collection
PBS LearningMedia offers educators a variety of features that support distance learning, including easy searching by grade level, curriculum area, and state and national standards; integration with Google Classroom and Remind; as well as a free training webinar. The Virus Information & Prevention collection helps PreK-12 educators teach the nature of viruses (including novel coronavirus) and the healthy habits we can all engage in to prevent their spread.

Ken Burns in the Classroom Hub
Houses a full library of classroom-ready content – aligned to state and national standards – to help students further explore the complex historical events and issues illustrated in Ken Burns’s films. To aid in distance learning, full films are now available for streaming in the hub through June 30.

PreK-12 Resources for Emergency Closings
As teachers, students, and families deal with school closures, PBS LearningMedia producers and educators have come together to curate a special collection of resources organized by grade and subject area. Find videos, lesson plans, and activities that support learning at home. For Spanish-language content, see Recursos de PreK-12 para Cierres de Emergencia.