Covid-19 info for kids

How to talk to children about the coronavirus – a great article by our House of Science ambassador and microbiology expert Ass Prof Siouxsie Wiles.

This article on the spinoff clearly articulates how to talk to children about coronavirus.

In summary:

It’s important to explain that this virus can make some people really sick, and some people even die, but not everyone.

It is really new so scientists and doctors are still trying to figure out everything about it. But one thing they do know is that it spreads like a cold. I would emphasise that it’s not spreading in people in New Zealand but that we should all be learning how we could stop it spreading if it was here.

The important things to remember are:

  1. You need to wash your hands for 20-30 seconds – try singing “Happy Birthday” two-three times.
  2. Use plenty of soap – it doesn’t have to be antibacterial, normal works just fine.
  3. Make sure you get in all the nooks and crannies, between your fingers, and under your nails.
  4. Make sure you dry your hands afterwards because wet hands pick up bacteria and viruses much more easily than dry ones.

As for sneezing and coughing, never sneeze or cough into your hand. If you don’t have a tissue handy, use the inside of your elbow.

For the full article, click here.