Coronavirus Episodes and Resources
The coronavirus has turned much of the world upside down and we want to help families understand what’s going on. What exactly is it? How does it spread? Can I protect myself? We answer all those questions and more in our series.
Listen to all the episodes, get resources, and more below.
Understanding coronavirus and how germs spread
In this episode we’ll breakdown what we know about this new virus and tell you how to stay safe. Plus, we’ll listen to a podcast hosted by two chatty viruses to learn how these germs spread (and how our bodies fight back). We’ve also got a special message from some super tough hand washers.
Please note that this episode was released on March 10, 2020. For the most up-to-date information, please head to trusted sources like the World Health Organization and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Staying home: How social distancing helps fight coronavirus
In this episode we’ll explain how all of this could help slow the spread of the new coronavirus. We’ll explain some terms you’re probably hearing too, like “social distancing” and “flattening the curve.”
Please note that this episode was released on March 24, 2020.
Virus Busters: How scientists are working to stop the coronavirus
In this episode we’ll explain how these treatments work and we’ll give you some tips on keeping six feet from other people while taking a stroll outside. Oh, and Kara and Gilly stop by to drop some epic virus facts. Plus a Mystery Sound and a Moment of Um that looks at whether or not worms sleep.
Please note that this episode was released on April 7, 2020.
Coronavirus: How to be a helper from home
In this episode we look at some ways you can help from home, like by making masks, donating to food banks or writing letters. Two stars of the World Handwashing Federation stop by to explain the science of how water actually dries out our hands. Plus, Kara and Gilly interview science journalist Carl Zimmer on the weird world of viruses, including some viruses that help people!
Help Brains On With Research
We’ve been awarded another grant from the National Science Foundation to carry out some really exciting research to understand how Brains On can help support children's and families' information needs about the covid-19 pandemic.
We are looking for people interested in helping out with our research who have listened to at least one of our episodes about the new coronavirus. If you sign up, we’ll send an adult in your family an online survey about listening to these episodes, what kinds of conversations your family is having about the pandemic, and how we can help in the future.
We’ll use what we learn to make the show even better. Plus, you get a cool thank you surprise for helping us out. Sound like something your family is down to be a part of?
For more on how our immune system fights viruses, check out our episode:
How do flu vaccines work?
For more on how to know which sources of information are trustworthy, you can check out our four-part series Prove It: