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Children’s explainer: What does Coronavirus mean for me?

Children’s explainer: What does Coronavirus mean for me?

Breaking News, children, Education, Explainer, Explainers, Health, Medical, youth
(By Martine Ryholt) The last few weeks have been unlike any others. Schools and nurseries are closed and many parents are working from home. It's normal to feel a bit scared when so many changes happen all at once. Maybe you've heard about Coronavirus in the news, from your parents or a friend? It can be difficult to understand what it really means and why we can't see our friends anymore. We have put together a video for you, explaining Coronavirus and what it means. You can watch it alone or with your parents. Remember that whatever it is you're worried about, it is always good to talk about it. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3M8KEAntxPk&feature=youtu.be&fbclid=IwAR2dakEuJOTBn66-EPXEWUZStcb96h8V5Bzr33w5kLGSx1z3rce6rGCYuzw Text and illustrations: Martine Ryholt,...
Five common coronavirus myths: what might you be getting wrong?

Five common coronavirus myths: what might you be getting wrong?

Breaking News, Explainer, Explainers, Health
Illustration: Veronica Sofia Nitu These past few weeks you’ve probably been overwhelmed by pretty scary images and reports about the ongoing pandemic, so I totally wouldn’t blame you if you never wanted to hear the word “coronavirus” again. But there is a lot of misinformation out there and it’s important to know how to spot it. I’m sure you’ve noticed that newspapers and media outlets have played a big part in how people have been reacting to what’s been going on in the world. False information has always been a big problem, but in this case it can literally mean the difference between life and death, so you need to be careful about what sources you trust. There have been a lot of claims about what you can do to keep yourself safe, and it’s useful to have a look at these mis
Social distancing doesn’t mean kids can’t still have fun

Social distancing doesn’t mean kids can’t still have fun

children, Explainer, Explainers
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TfUyInbDu70 The coronavirus pandemic is still a very pressing matter, therefore it is crucial that we stay home and practice social distancing in order to prevent the spread of the virus.  While this hasn’t been an easy adjustment to our lives, it has been an especially difficult time for young children. Their routine of going to school, going outside often and having contact with their friends has abruptly come to an end and it may be hard for them to understand why. With that said, children should get a better understanding of what social distancing is in order to navigate how they will be spending their time for the coming weeks. Practicing effective and safe social distancing means: Keeping a distance of 2 to 3 metres away from people
The History of Jazz

The History of Jazz

Explainers, Music, musicians
At one point in history, Jazz was considered so appalling that Serbian villagers used it to scare away bears, other stories say that a celebrated conductor had a heart attack on hearing the music. The genre itself became a huge discussion on whether it could be considered as proper music or not. In the 1924 issue of ‘The Etude,’ a popular magazine dedicated to music wrote that jazz “In its original form it has no place in musical education and deserves none.” However,  no one can deny that the spontaneity of jazz that The Etude called ‘sloppy’ is the reason it remains, even today, a popular style of music. Image Credit: Kuheli Biswas So how and where did this interesting style of music start? Going back to the 19th Century, America as a new world full of opportunities attracted p
COVID-19 vs Economy: Is there financial aid for businesses and workers during quarantine?

COVID-19 vs Economy: Is there financial aid for businesses and workers during quarantine?

economy, Explainers, Health
In 2020, an outbreak of the novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, has led many countries to take measures and introduce quarantine. A quarantine is a restriction on the movement of people and goods which is intended to prevent the spread of disease or pests. (Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quarantine)  Italy became the first European country to announce a lockdown in the 14 northern regions on 9th of March 2020 because of COVID-19. In order to avoid financial crisis, governments of these countries introduced certain financial aid that aims at supporting small and medium businesses and the employees.  Currently, only essential businesses are allowed to operate in the UK, such as supermarkets, drugstores, pharmacies, polic...
All you need to know about Alzheimer’s disease

All you need to know about Alzheimer’s disease

Breaking News, Explainers, Medical, Uncategorized
About 30 million people worldwide are living with Alzheimer’s disease, and there are nearly 10 million new cases every year. The disease is the main cause of disability and dependency among older people. Picture Source: verywell health In 1901, the German psychiatrist Alois Alzheimer, identified the first case of what came to be known as Alzheimer’s Disease.  His patient Augustine Deter was 50 years old. She had memory loss, delusions and a number of disturbing behaviours. When asked to write her name in one examination, she found she had forgotten. “I’ve lost myself,” Augustine said. After one century, about 30 million people around the world are living with Alzheimer’s disease, and there are nearly 10 million ne
What are the top five skills a grade-schooler must have?

What are the top five skills a grade-schooler must have?

children, Explainer, Explainers, Uncategorized
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=amRmDFwkJbA&t=4s Children develop skills in five main areas of development: 1- Motor Skills: These skills are required for co-ordination between hands, eyes, legs and other body parts. 2- Creative Skills: The ability to imagine, create and think differently about a given task or problem. 3-Cognitive Skills: The core skills required to think, reason, remember and learn. 4- Social-Emotional Skills: The knowledge to recognise one’s emotions; how they feel and why, maintaining relationships, sharing and caring- all require social-emotional skills. 5-Communication Skills: The ability to talk to another, with or without words in an effective manner. Watch this video to find out 10 fun activities that you can do inside your home, wit
Why are domestic violence victims overlooked in the midst of Covid-19 pandemic?

Why are domestic violence victims overlooked in the midst of Covid-19 pandemic?

Breaking News, Explainers, Natural Disaster, Uncategorized
The World Health Organisation declared Covid-19 as a worldwide pandemic on March 11, 2020. Since then, a lot has happened: borders have been closed, global leaders have tested positive for the virus, many people have lost their jobs or changed how they used to do it, supermarkets have been emptied by panicked shoppers, people have been dissuaded from hugging and kissing their loved ones until further notice, and many countries have declared a state of emergency. Now people are being asked to stay at home and only leave it to buy groceries or medicine.  Pandemics exacerbate inequalities, including gender issues which have been present for a very long time. But in the middle of this 'new normal' that we are trying to get used to, there is one specific group of people who is now ...