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Think about Spreading

Here are some ways to learn more about pandemics and how diseases spread.

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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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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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A Balancing Act

COVID-19 has hurt the economy. Many businesses have closed. Some will not reopen. Airlines, restaurants, and hotels lost most of their customers. Millions of people lost their jobs. In the US, more people are out of work than any time since the Great Depression.

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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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The New Normal

Living with COVID-19 can be hard. People everywhere just want their lives to return to normal. But many changes brought by COVID-19 are here for a while. Some might even be here to stay. We will need to get used to a “new normal.”

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Think about Hope

There are lots of things you can do at home while keeping yourself and others safe.

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Good News! Celebrations

Special days still come when there's a global pandemic. People have found creative ways to celebrate when they can’t be together. Many people are using the Internet to connect with friends and family. Schools are holding online graduations. Couples are live-streaming weddings as guests…

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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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Understand and Share Your Feelings

COVID-19 altered life in a short time. Schools shut down to protect you and others. Large gatherings were canceled. Special events you were looking forward to were called off. Malls closed and playgrounds emptied. You lost the chance to play and watch team sports.

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