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Faculty from the Zucker School of Medicine and New York Medical College Create Free E-Book to Educate Children about the Science of COVID-19

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Hempstead, NY — Lauren Block, MD, MPH, a primary care physician at Northwell Health and associate professor at Zucker School of Medicine, along with her husband, Adam E. Block, PhD, assistant professor of public health at New York Medical College, wrote and self-published a free, downloadable e-book, Kelly Stays Home: The Science of Coronavirus. This book, aimed at children ages 5-12, breaks down the COVID-19 pandemic in an easily-digestible way and aims to teach kids basic health safety habits, such as hand washing, social distancing and more.

Kelly Stays Home: The Science of Coronavirus is designed to help parents explain how much the world has changed due to the coronavirus and why. Ever-inquisitive kids, curious why they can no longer have playdates with classmates, learn about the science behind these new norms.

 “We wrote this book to discuss with our own kids the science behind the Coronavirus infection, symptoms and treatment,” said Drs. Lauren and Adam Block. “Looking at the children’s literature on the topic, we saw few resources addressing the COVID-19 pandemic from a scientific standpoint, yet was still accessible to kids of all ages. With all the uncertainty portrayed in the media, it can be easy to lose sight of all we do know about the illness and the steps to prevent transmission and keep our families safe.”

By making this book available free online, the doctors hope to provide a community resource to help families learn more about the virus together.

Book Summary: Eight-year-old Kelly is a budding scientist who learns she has to stay home because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Her mom, a physician in the local hospital treating COVID-19 patients, explains how the virus spreads and causes illness, why social distancing and handwashing are important, and how vaccines will eventually help us to stay healthy.

Target Audience: For parents and children age 5-12

Website: www.KellyStaysHome.com

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