Coronavirus Learning Companion

Why use Coronavirus Learning Companion?

Understanding the “why” helps everyone stay the course. Knowing why we are asked to wash hands with soap, social distance, wear masks, and get vaccinated 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 isn’t just for kids! The whirlwind of information shared online can be exhausting. Friendly stories in a comic book format are an enjoyable way for people of all ages to learn something new or just refresh what they already know. Stories are easier to understand, remember, and apply to our own lives! 

Coronavirus Learning Companion Contents

Survey: A Community-Based Approach to Understanding and Improving Adherence to CDC COVID-19 Guidelines:

This survey is being conducted by the University of Cincinnati and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital to provide better information and resources to the general public about COVID-19 and personal safety. At the end of this survey, if you would like to receive a bandana or mask as a thank you, you will be asked for your address.  If you are interested in receiving more information about COVID-19, we will also ask you to provide an email address.

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  

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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Meet Big Sam

Big Sam is a 40-something security guard at the high school Jazzy and Vito attend. Big Sam is worried about his health and recently found out his blood pressure is high. He covers up his worries with jokes. He lives in the apartment above Miss Georgia.

Meet Jazzy

Jazzy is a cheerful younger high school age girl. She is a cheerleader and does gymnastics. She enjoys spending time with older people and loves to bake with Miss Georgia. She has asthma and works hard to control it so she can enjoy her activities.

Meet Cardi

Cardi is a 30-something aerobics teacher at the community center who loves to help people get more fit and healthy but can be a bit too much “in your face” about it. She means well though!

Meet Vito

Vito is a plays-it-cool older high schooler who is sweet-natured at heart. He plays basketball at the community center and is friends with Jazzy. He loves pop and chips and can’t see why eating all he wants of them is a problem.

Meet Pops

Pops is a retired high school science teacher who loves to keep helping people learn about science and health. He likes to check out what everyone is doing or talking about and step in to give his opinion.

Meet Miss Georgia

Miss Georgia is a fun-loving lady in her 50’s who loves to sing, dance, and bake. She is always helping out at community events. She recently found out she has diabetes, and she is learning new ways to cook.