MOHDC SmartStart Nature Academy and Learning Center wants to ensure our scholars and their families remain safe during this trying time of the COVID-19 (Coronavirus Disease 2019) dilemma. We will update this page as necessary to remain up-to-date. On this special resource page you’ll find definitions, links to valuable resources, and other information to keep you informed. Please feel free to share this page with others so they can benefit, too.

What is a Coronavirus?

Coronaviruses aren't new. In fact, they have been around longer than all of us have been alive. They are responsible for coughs, colds, runny noses, fevers, and other "sick" feelings you get. These viruses are generally not lethal and you recover from them fairly quickly with rest, good nutrition, home remedies, and common medicines.

COVID-19 (Coronavirus Disease 2019), on the other hand, is what's called novel because it's new to humans. Although there have been similar viruses, there hasn't been one like this. COVID-19 (Coronavirus Disease 2019) is a respiratory disease that is spread from person to person in close proximity and can cause the familiar symptoms—sore throat, runny nose, cough, etc.—but it can also lead to more serious outcomes like pneumonia and death.

With no current treatment, COVID-19 (Coronavirus Disease 2019) is potentially deadly for compromised and vulnerable populations, including those with asthma, heart disease, lung disease, and diabetes.

How Can You Keep Your Family Safe?

While COVID-19 (Coronavirus Disease 2019) is a serious issue, please don't overreact or panic. Listen to the latest updates given by responsible official outlets and apply the best practices advised everywhere. Here are some basic precautions everyone can try:

  • Stay inside if you're sick until you recover
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with the inside of your elbow
  • Thoroughly wash your hands
  • Disinfect surfaces you use every day
  • Avoid touching items and surfaces when out in public
  • Practice social distancing and non-contact activities

We suggest the following websites for up-to-the-minute information:

The Official Website of the City of New York

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

World Health Organization

NYC Department of Education

NYC Health Topics

NY1 News

NYC Press Conferences on Coronavirus


Please refer to these resources as you fight the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus Disease 2019). These are linked directly from official government websites and are as recent as made available. Clicking the link will open the image in a new window.