How to Explain Ebola to Your 5-Year-Old Child

Nov 6, 2014 at 5:34 pm |

“We’re going to play a game called, Someone Gets Ebola!”

If you’ve been so inundated with Ebola news–and who hasn’t–that you’re not really sure what it is that everyone’s actually freaking out about anymore, this clip’s for you.

It’s time to bring things back down to a rudimentary level–to the level of a 5-year-old. Because sometimes the media treats us like we’re five, and then we act as if Ebola is an uncontrollable monster living in America’s closet. And, actually, if you do have young children, this might be a helpful exemplification of how you could explain this nutty media sensation to your little one.

UNICEF released a video on its official YouTube channel November 5 which breaks down the complexities of the disease into digestible nuggets easy enough for a child to understand. The video features two adults explaining the disease to three adorable children: They cover how the virus spreads, the impact of Ebola fears on African communities, and how to treat patients suffering from the disease.

Now, everyone get ready for story time!


Let’s play a little game called, Someone Gets Ebola! Want to know how UNICEF breaks Ebola down? Here you go…