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A New Virus

Germs are tiny living things all around us. You need a special microscope to see them. One type of germ is a virus. Like many germs, a virus inside your body can make you sick. Viruses cause colds, the flu, and measles.

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Be Informed

If you are worried about the disease called COVID-19, you are not alone. You might feel sad or frustrated. You might feel angry sometimes. Getting information about what’s happening can help calm you down.

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COVID-19 and the Environment

COVID-19 has also changed the environment. Fewer airplanes are flying. Many factories are closed. People are driving less. In many cities, the air is cleaner. The water is clearer. People can hear birds instead of traffic. Wild animals walk down the street.

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COVID-19 Changes Everything

What did you do on New Year’s Eve 2019? Did you have a party? Watch TV? In Wuhan, China, scientists were studying a new virus. It had made dozens of people very sick. Soon it would sicken people all across the world, causing a global pandemic. The virus was COVID-19.

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Doing Your Part

Kids can do their part to stop the spread of the virus. The best way to stay healthy is washing your hands. That prevents the passing of germs to other people. Make it a habit after using the bathroom and before you eat.

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Fighting Pandemics

The first step in fighting a new virus is to stop its spread. Sick people stay where they won’t get others sick. Health workers find people who could have been exposed to the virus. Those people may go into quarantine. They also stay away from others for a time. If they stay well long…

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Good News! Antibodies

People who have recovered from COVID-19 have antibodies in their blood. Antibodies are proteins made by cells in the immune system. They help fight the virus.

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Good News! Minecraft

It can be hard to understand how staying at home slows the spread of a virus. Programmers Joseph Davies and Hugo Barne are fans of Minecraft. They created a way for kids to see how quarantines affect the spread of a disease. Blockdown is a free Minecraft map. Players manage an imagined…

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Good News! Telemedicine

Most people had to visit an office to see a doctor before COVID-19. Healthcare workers now meet with their patients over the Internet. This helps to reduce the spread of the virus. Patients can discuss symptoms and get prescriptions without leaving their homes. Using a computer or…

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How Can I Be Brave?

You might feel scared about getting sick. You may worry that people you love will get the disease or even die. It’s okay to feel that way. A lot of grownups feel scared and worried, too. Talk to a parent or caregiver about your feelings. They can help you understand what is going on. They…

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