We are going virtual and continuing our mission online; click here for more information on our virtual programming.
The South Florida Science Center and Aquarium will be temporarily closed effective Monday, March 16th to support our nation's efforts to contain the COVID-19 pandemic. This includes all exhibits, events, programs and Spring Break Camp. It was a tough decision for us to make since we take pride in being an educational resource for many, but the health and safety of our visitors, members, staff, volunteers and community is our top priority. Please refer to our calendar of events page to access information unique to each event. Please refer to our Education drop-down menu on our website for more information regarding specific programs.
If you have already registered or purchased tickets, your investment will be honored at a future date. Email email@example.com for further questions. All current members will be given an extension equal to the number of days we are closed.
We want to ensure the public that we will continue to provide our marine animals with professional care. We also have a dedicated custodial staff that will continue to regularly clean and disinfect our campus so it will be ready for our guests to return when it is safe to do so. The Science Center plans to re-open in alignment with Palm Beach County Public Schools.
As you know, we are a non-profit organization and heavily rely on admission and event revenue to keep our museum running. If you are able to do so, please consider making a donation here to support us through this temporary closure.
Our hearts go out to all who are affected by this global emergency. Please stay tuned to this website for the latest resources and updates. Thank you for your understanding, trust, and continued support and we look forward to opening our doors again soon.
The South Florida Science Center and Aquarium Team
Science behind COVID-19
What is COVID-19?
A virus is an infectious agent that requires a host cell to replicate. When we are infected with a virus, the viral genetic material hijacks the cells within our bodies, forcing them to replicate and produce more viruses. The body will experience different symptoms depending on the type of host cell impacted by the virus. As defined by the World Health Organization, coronaviruses are a large family of viruses, which may cause illness in animals or humans. In humans, several coronaviruses are known to cause respiratory infections ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS). The most recently discovered coronavirus causes coronavirus disease COVID-19.
Who can get COVID-19?
According to the World Health Organization people of all ages can be infected by COVID-19. Older people, and people with pre-existing medical conditions (such as asthma, diabetes, heart disease), appear to be more vulnerable to becoming severely ill with the virus due to a weaker immune system. However, WHO advises people of all ages to take steps to protect themselves from the virus by following good hand and respiratory hygiene processes.
How Do I Protect Myself?
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, COVID-19 is primarily transmitted person-to-person, through people in close contact with each other and respiratory droplets. When a person with COVID-19 coughs or exhales, small droplets from the nose or mouth are expelled from the body and land on objects and surfaces. Other people can catch COVID-19 by touching these objects or surfaces then touching their eyes, nose or mouth. People can also become infected with COVID-19 if they breathe in respiratory droplets from a person with COVID-19. Coronaviruses are a type of virus that can be destroyed with the alcohol that’s in hand sanitizers. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says handwashing with soap and water is the best way to clean your hands and decrease the spread of germs, but when that's not an option, the agency recommends using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
What You Can Do
SFSCA encourages everyone to educate themselves about COVID-19: Learning more about COVID-19 is the best way to equip yourself with the science and facts related to this disease and rapidly evolving situation. We trust the following sources:
- The World Health Organization (WHO) has comprehensive information about COVID-19 and its impact around the world.
- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has details about the disease within the United States.
- The Florida Department of Health is leading the state response and offers a COVID-19 resource toolkit.
- Palm Beach County is leading the county response to COVID-19.