When it comes to explaining tough situations to kids, Sesame Street corners the market. In bad times and good, Big Bird, Elmo and pals have always been there to help children understand and work through their questions and emotions.
For the coronavirus pandemic, Sesame Street went a step further and teamed up with CNN.
“The ABC’s of Covid 19: A CNN/Sesame Street Town Hall for Kids and Parents” tackles issues like education, anxiety, screen time and play dates.
The 90-minute program features experts and Sesame Street characters discussing a variety of topics.
• Big Bird wonders if Covid-19 is just a bunch of letters and numbers
• Kids ask if they can get the virus from swimming
• Abby’s friend wants to know what coronavirus looks like
• Kids want to know if eating soap helps
• Grover’s buddy wants to know if coronavirus can live in space
• Elmo asks why people are wearing masks if it’s not Halloween
• Abby talks about big feelings and the importance of self hugs
The event is moderated by CNN chief medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta, CNN anchor and national correspondent Erica Hill, and, of course, Big Bird.
It aired on Saturday, April 25 but you can catch watch the full Town Hall here.
And for those feeling a little overwhelmed, Elmo’s dad aired a PSA reminding parents to take some time for themselves.