With an aim to spread awareness about coronavirus among children, Government of India recently released a comic, titled ‘Kids, Vaayu and Corona.’ The virus which has already claimed about 4,000 lives around the world has been declared pandemic by WHO. Many states in India have closed schools and colleges for the month of March to ensure safety of students. In such trying times, it was a delight to find the health ministry thinking of a comic for students.
The 22-page comic introduces the superhero, Vaayu, who flies down from Himalayas to educate children about coronavirus. He also explains them measures that they can take to avoid getting infected like staying away from crowded places and greeting each other in the traditional Indian manner rather than shaking or hugging each other. Read the entire comic here.
So, how are children finding it?
“I loved Vaayu. He explained coronavirus in such a simple manner. We don’t need to worry if we take precautions,” said Priya, who studies in class 7, and is enjoying her holidays.
“The comic was fun and informative. From now on, I will only say ‘Namaste’ and not shake hands,” said Harish, a student of class 8.
In order to ensure that the comic reaches a maximum number of children in the country, it is being translated in various regional languages.