“What is Coronavirus? Why can’t we leave the house?”
Coronavirus is a new virus which is spreading around the world. It’s like a tiny monster, only visible under a microscope, which causes a disease similar to the flu, called COVID-19. This tiny “creature” is very sly and fast: it can jump from one person to another without being seen!
This new disease spreads when people stay really close to each other: just like what happens in school! For this reason, the Government has decided to protect everyone by closing schools and suspending classes for the time being.
But don’t worry, there are a few small things you can do to stay safe: for example, wash your hands often and don’t leave you house.
How can you know if you have washed your hands properly? We’ll teach you a little trick: pick a song you like (e.g. Happy Birthday) and only rinse your hands once you’ve finished singing…repeat this many times a day and you’re sorted!
If you have any questions or doubts about Coronavirus, ask someone close to you. There are no right or wrong questions: it is just important to share them with someone!
“Who is taking care of the people who are sick?”
Don’t worry about it, there are many people who are helping the ones who are feeling unwell. For example, doctors, nurses, but also many volunteers, keep working hard to take care of and support the people who need help in this situation.
“Sometimes, I am a bit worried, sometimes I feel a bit anxious…but I don’t know why and I don’t know how to explain it.”
This is a new and difficult situation for many people: it’s normal to struggle to find the right words to explain how we feel. However, the most important thing is to share this feeling with the people who are close to you, like your mum and dad, even if it’s not easy to do so. If you can’t sleep, if you don’t feel well, speak with someone. Did you know that even drawing or telling a story can help you feel better?
“When I’m watching TV, I see things I don’t understand and I get scared.”
Hearing the news about Coronavirus on TV can sometimes be scary. If you feel anxious, don’t keep everything bottled up and talk about it with your family: they are there for you to explain what is happening. Together, you can gather information, understand it and find programmes that suit you, in order to spend time together and learn new things.
“I miss all the people I can’t see anymore, like my friends and my favorite teacher…”
It’s normal to miss your classmates, they will be missing you too. But remember, even if you can’t meet them, you are not alone! Ask your parents to help you organize a group video call: you can plan to “meet” online every day in the afternoon to have a snack together!
Another idea could also be to have a video call with the relatives who don’t live with you and have a big family reunion!
“I’m bored! There’s nothing to do at home! How can I spend my time?”
Let’s try and use a bit of imagination. In addition to homework, there are a lot of activities to do while at home, both alone and with the company of your family. Take a look around and you’ll find many possibilities! Why don’t you take advantage of these days to do something fun? You could read comics, dance to your favorite song, bake a cake with your parents, and much more! You can find many useful tips and suggestions on the Telefono Azzurro website.
“What can I do to help fighting coronavirus?”
You have the power to defeat Coronavirus too! Remember to follow the rules that your parents and adults give you; follow the sanitary safety regulations and stay home, you’ll see that everything will be over soon!
If you need to talk with someone, Telefono Azzurro is here for you!
An expert you can trust, who knows your needs very well, is always available to listen to you and help you.
You can reach us 24/7 through the free tool number 1.96.96, or via chat active on the website www.azzurro.it
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