Here is how I explained it to my nine year old:
Ebola and other plagues are usually easy to catch and stop. They are deadly, but that very deadliness makes them stand out. We spot them. We stop them.
#COVID is different.
Many people who catch it don’t even experience symptoms.
Children, who cough on everything and never wash their hands CARRY IT WITHOUT SYMPTOMS.
When symptoms do show, they come two weeks later. Two WEEKS.
Then two weeks later... KABOOM
The lining of their lungs PEELS OFF.
And here’s the thing - we can treat it. It’s a virus so we can’t kill it but with oxygen and supportive therapy people recover.
....Unless everyone gets sick all at once.
And the medical system just isn’t set up for that.
That’s what happened in Italy. It happened because people who were young and fit and felt fine went out anyway.
The death toll skyrockets as people just can’t be helped.
The danger of COVID is different from Ebola. Ebola is terrifying but you can’t miss it.
When a happy child is running around with a slight cough, that’s just TUESDAY. I have two kids. They are ALWAYS coughing. Kids trade colds at school more than Pokémon cards.
I could infect so many people that doctors have to decide who to save.
But if only a few go out, there are fewer people around. Fewer for me to infect.
Because the only real danger in COVID is the idiots who think they are fine.
...then you make it deadly.