"I've seen enough information about coronavirus!"
Coronavirus Learning Companion uses stories and activities to help readers of all ages understand the purpose and science behind COVID-19 public health recommendations. Knowing why we are asked to wash hands with soap, social distance, and wear masks makes it easier to keep doing so.
Families are looking for reliable, easy-to-understand information to help kids understand why the current health recommendations are so important. What’s better than reading a story together?
Coronavirus Learning Companion was developed by the We Engage 4 Health Project (WE4H). WE4H is a collaboration of the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center (CCHMC), University of Cincinnati, Miami University Center for Chemistry Education, and Seven Hills Neighborhood House.
We Engage 4 Health is supported by the Science Education Partnership Award (SEPA) Program of the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS), National Institutes of Health (NIH), award number R25GM129808. Contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the NIH. For more information about the SEPA program, visit nihsepa.org.
The content of Coronavirus Learning Companion is provided for informational purposes only, is believed to be current and accurate at the time of posting, and is not intended as, and should not be construed to be medical or consulting advice.
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The Coronavirus Learning Companion begins with the story Coping with COVID-19. In this story, teenage asthma patient, Jazzy, has a telemedicine visit with her asthma doctor, Dr. Breeze. Jazzy asks many questions about coronavirus, COVID-19, and her risks as an asthma patient. Dr. Breeze gives Jazzy information in an easy to understand and reassuring way.
The Coronavirus Learning Companion continues with a story called Soap Surprises. In this story, Jazzy and her mom do an experiment to find out if soap really is such an important part of washing coronavirus, and any other germs, off our hands. Instructions for the activity follow the story so you can try it yourself.
Jazzy and her mom continue their science investigations in a story called Foamy Soap Fun. They explore shaving cream, which is really just foamed up soap. They make colorful prints on paper by adding food color to the shaving cream. Instructions for the activity follow the story so you can try it yourself.