We are all terrified to hear the term 'coronavirus', but have you ever wondered how kids feel about it? Every day we read or hear notifications from different screens, such as mobile, tablet, TV or computer. Alberto Pellai, an Italian psychotherapist, has written a letter to all children not to be afraid of the virus. Find out what it contains ...
“It's a virus. It is so small that it can only be seen in special laboratories with special microscopes. That is why it scares us so much because it is elusive with the naked eye. We human beings are always afraid of anything that is bad and unseen.
It has been this way for years, since man was hunting wild animals. He didn't look at them and had to go look for them. They stayed in secret and, to avoid falling, could kill the snake. There our brains have learned to ignite the emotion of fear. It has provided us with the capacity to warn of an unseen danger. This way we are better prepared to face it when it appears before our eyes.
Fear is like the ambulance siren roaring inside you. Coronavirus, today, causes all the alarm sirens of the whole world to fall. They talk constantly in the media, on the Internet, on television. There are some among the adults who are calmer, there are others anxious, some are very scared. But in the meantime there are people with strong nerves working day and night to combat this danger.
Unfortunately, in some countries they have canceled school excursions. No more sporting exercises. It looks like we're in a game, this comes to mind. We have a real fear of coping with it. It cannot undo this fear, but I can say that while it is right to feel an alarm over something that threatens us, we must at the same time learn to take precautions in how we deal with risk: Take it for what it is and to the extent that it is. It is true that coronavirus is a new infection agent that is affecting human beings for the first time. Previously it was present only in the body of some animals.
It's true: Some people infected with coronavirus have it when. These we all know already, but here are some other truths that, in this alarming climate, need to be told, but that people spread very little: First, the disease is localized in certain areas, called to reverse the infection. When the explosion site was identified, the experts took all possible measures to prevent it from going there. It's just like a trap animal. Where it has broken, people are today in isolation and quarantine. They have not been leaving their territory for days. The disease produced by Coronavirus is similar to a flu. Causes cough, malaise, fever. In many people the virus does not even produce these symptoms. Only a few people get much more severe symptoms, such as pneumonia.
You have to know that there are no children among these sick people. Or to put it better, it seems that those of your age have a natural ability to resist the virus. It means that this virus is not a real threat to children. In addition, you should consider that in the countries where the infection has spread, there are millions upon millions of people. Of these, very few get the infection, and of those few, only 2 percent die.
It is sad to know that even a single person dies of a disease. However, it is important for you to understand that the whole world is struggling to avoid that. But it is essential that people are alerted. Because they thus perceive a danger and learn to do all that is needed to avoid it growing.
It's what your parents have been doing with you since you were born. You've been taught that before crossing the road, you have to wait for the traffic light to turn green. Otherwise you risk being pulled over by a car. This has allowed you to learn to be safe in the world, knowing how to avoid risks.
You've been taught that you can't just eat hamburgers and chips. Because your body also needs the fiber and vitamins found in fruits and vegetables. Only in this way can you have a healthy body. You have been taught that when navigating the Internet you should not give your details (name, surname and address) to anyone because you do not know who is on the other side.
For coronavirus it is similar. The world is now being warned that outside is a virus we don't know much about. And that's why we have to protect ourselves. Every day in labs, scientists are working to find a vaccine and cure. At every moment, the people who lead are taking action.
And don't forget that 2% so even people who get sick have a 98% chance of healing. And almost the entire population has a high chance of not getting sick. Prevention experts tell us to do some things that are very simple but very important:
1-If you get sneezed, do it on the bracelet. This reduces the chance of spreading not only the coronavirus but any other airway-related virus.
2-Wash hands well, up, down and between fingers, with liquid soap for more than ten seconds.
3-You can sing in the meantime the song "many congratulations to me" as you wash your hands, so you can accomplish the process for as long as you want and meanwhile say something beautiful and instill in your soul a little joy and optimism.
4-Use lightning bolts and toss immediately into a sealed bin.
5-Don't put your fingers and hands in your mouth, eyes, nose (but you already knew that!) And don't eat nails. Keep these short and orderly.
This is all you can do yourself to defeat this invisible monster that scares you. Which we are getting to know day by day and learning to beat.
Man, throughout history has known how to do extraordinary things. Learned to overcome much darker diseases, invented rockets that could lead us to the Moon, discovered how to convert water and sunlight into energy.
Remember: Fear only makes us see the dark and gloomy side of things. But don't get lost in the dark.
Believe! Also believe in the work of millions of people today who are working and fighting to win the battle against coronavirus. Learn to imagine them all together. They are a never-ending army of millions of men and women - doctors, researchers, scientists, nurses, law enforcement officers - against an invisible microscopic virus. We'll do it again, you'll see we do it! ”