Imagine Exhibitions, a leader in worldwide travelling exhibitions and entertainment, has added COVID-19 content to its popular REAL BODIES exhibitions around the world.
Imagine Exhibitions is pleased to announce that it has added content regarding the global pandemic to REAL BODIES: The Exhibition. This was first revealed at REAL BODIES at Bally’s in Las Vegas, and will also be added to all of the current REAL BODIES exhibitions across the globe.
This includes the exhibition opening at South Florida Science Center and Aquarium in West Palm Beach, Florida, later this year.
This new content will look at how the virus affects the body, using up-to-date scientific information on COVID-19. It features 3D-printed models of the virus and a range of interesting facts, as well as a short film that tells visitors what the virus does and how it spreads, in easy to understand language. There are also extra facts incorporated into the social distancing floor decals.
Imagine Exhibitions is aware of the vital importance of science communication as the world adjusts to this new normal and scientists work to understand and fight the virus. Museums and science centres play a key role in this communication, so the company has created this new content to help them to deliver accurate, up-to-date and clear information to their visitors.
Visitors to REAL BODIES at Bally’s in Las Vegas can already enjoy the updated content, and it will also be part of the touring version of the exhibition that opens at the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium starting on 28 September 2020.
REAL BODIES: The Exhibition has proved hugely successful, and features 20 real, perfectly preserved human bodies, alongside over 200 anatomical specimens. The additional COVID-19 content aims to help visitors to understand the complex effect that the virus has on the human body, from an anatomical perspective.
It was created by Imagine Exhibitions alongside emergency medicine physicians and epidemiologists with experience in the field of emerging infectious disease preparedness and response. Therefore, it contains accurate and up-to-date information, using the latest research, case reports and data.
“I am excited to share with the public the amazing work that our team collaborated on to create and enhance the exhibition in an effort to answer everyday questions about COVID-19,” says CEO of Imagine Exhibitions, Tom Zaller.
“Our goal is to share with people the current findings about how this new virus affects the different systems of the body in an easy to digest form. The hope is that we all come out of the exhibition knowing a little more than when we went in.”
Guests will find out about COVID-19 and its impact on the major systems of the human body, from respiration to digestion, as they make their way through the exhibition’s 11 galleries. Furthermore, the new content looks at the treatment of the virus and its wider effect on human health and healthcare. It explores the complexity of the virus and the challenges that we face in treating and preventing it.
Some facts from the exhibition include:
- SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19) binds 10 to 20 times more tightly to human cells than SARS-CoV (the virus responsible for SARS), which is one of the reasons why it can spread so easily.
- COVID-19 refers to the disease that the virus causes, not the virus itself. The WHO realized that calling the disease caused by the novel virus “SARS-CoV-2” might lead to some confusion and anxiety.
- A simple way to learn the difference between an epidemic and a pandemic is to think of the P in pandemic as in P for passport. A pandemic is an epidemic that travels.
- Each infected person, on average, spreads the virus to about three other people. In public health, this is called the R0.
- Speaking releases more viral particles than breathing, and speaking loudly may increase the rate at which infected particles are released. Speaking can release 2 to 10 times as many viral particles as a single cough.
Imagine Exhibitions is currently producing more than 40 unique exhibitions around the world, in museums, science centres, zoos, integrated resorts, and non-traditional venues. Last year, Zaller talked to Blooloop about the art of the travelling exhibition.