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A Southampton intensive care nurse has created a book to help reduce anxiety in children caused by the Coronavirus outbreak.

The free online publication, entitled Dave the Dog is worried about coronavirus, has already been downloaded 15,000 times and has received plenty of positive feedback.
The book was written by Molly Watts, a staff nurse on the paediatric intensive care unit (PICU) at Southampton Children’s Hospital, who penned it after a nightshift last week.



Information from the author:
A book for children about coronavirus that aims to give information without fear.

With everything that is going on at the moment; big changes to children’s routines and lots of stories on the news it can be a really scary time for children.

This book aims to open up the conversation about coronavirus and some of the things they might be hearing about it and provide truthful information in a reassuring and child friendly manner.
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Bazzzer22/03/2020 16:46

What age(s) is this for?


Going off the blind panic I'd say for all ages..
What’s Dave the dog got to worry about? It doesn’t affect animals. Massive plot hole!!!
A printed copy should be rammed down the throats of all those crowding the seaside / parks and not observing distancing.....

But anyway , a good idea and puts the key points across better than some “journalists”.
The World Health Organization has declared that dogs cannot transmit Coronavirus, and there is no reason to quarantine dogs.

To be clear, WHO let the dogs out!
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Ah Dave ...!
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What age(s) is this for?
Bazzzer22/03/2020 16:46

What age(s) is this for?


Doesn't specify specifically but as it is a picture book it is probably more suited to pre-school children
Bazzzer22/03/2020 16:46

What age(s) is this for?


Youger than 5 and older than 75 I'd say
Bazzzer22/03/2020 16:46

What age(s) is this for?


Going off the blind panic I'd say for all ages..
Everyone knows a Dave.
Awww
A printed copy should be rammed down the throats of all those crowding the seaside / parks and not observing distancing.....

But anyway , a good idea and puts the key points across better than some “journalists”.
A huge thanks to Molly Watts. Great work!
What’s Dave the dog got to worry about? It doesn’t affect animals. Massive plot hole!!!
He should be more concerned that his nurse has no hands
Coronavirus is the least of Dave's worries , he looks like he's off the dangerous dog list and he's running about off his lead !! Nurse Dotty's about to bubble him to the 5-0 !!
Funny book.
Not sure why she made Dog Dave an iron, nice little pictures.
It's a lovely book and very well presented. Huge credit to the writer.

My daughters giggled all the way through and they really absorbed and understood the information in it.

I think for them it made a change from my constant updates of doom and gloom.
Reading a book to pre school children that has very basic grammatical errors. Oh dear. I wonder who edited this.
The World Health Organization has declared that dogs cannot transmit Coronavirus, and there is no reason to quarantine dogs.

To be clear, WHO let the dogs out!
My kids read it today as part of their reading while i’m teaching them at home. Helped them understand a bit
My nearly 7 year old read this thru himself we chatted after it’s very simple I’d say for 5/6 year olds depending but he’s high EI but I wouldn’t worry it’s too much fir young kids v simple explanation of worries he’s not an anxious child either so probably not target audience. He loves the pictures I thought they were great myself too. Hope that helps someone. Edit I didn’t listen to the story at all. I sat right beside and Managed to obsorb nothing I think I was filling out an unemployment benefit form at the time. But he seems v relaxed all the way thru. And we have never discussed covid 19 with him ever. He listens to ever thing tho news always on as standard household.
Edited by: "No1Funnymummy" 23rd Mar
cheappriceburns22/03/2020 19:36

What’s Dave the dog got to worry about? It doesn’t affect animals. Massive …What’s Dave the dog got to worry about? It doesn’t affect animals. Massive plot hole!!!


Who do you think gives Dave his breakfast?
Meanwhile 27% die who get Lassa fever in Nigeria. No books, no western media hysteria, no stock market falls.
cheappriceburns22/03/2020 19:36

What’s Dave the dog got to worry about? It doesn’t affect animals. Massive …What’s Dave the dog got to worry about? It doesn’t affect animals. Massive plot hole!!!


Dogs don’t talk either but that’s not the point, this is just a story to help ease the worries of little pre school children, it’s not meant to a literary masterpiece , stop picking holes
This book is meant to just try and ease the worries of very little children, it’s not meant to be a literary master piece for goodness sake, why are people being so negative “ saying it does not affect dogs” , your missing the point, this is not meant to be a factual book about Covid 19, it’s a little book to try and make things a little less scary for our children in society, and I know a lot of people who have little ones who have been very scared, a friend read this to her little boy and he has been a lot less worried, so that’s the main thing, stop picking holes in this, if it’s easing children’s concerns them it’s doing it’s job
Very good, lovely book that someone has taken the time and effort to do and is wonderful for children to help them understand the situation.
For anyone criticising it or writing snarky comments, shame on you.
Bazzzer22/03/2020 16:46

What age(s) is this for?



Somewhat younger than either my wife or myself, both late 60s who have both just read it.
It's easy to forget children pick up on the panic and can't express it like we can, bless them. I think this is a great idea.
parabolica24/03/2020 02:05

Meanwhile 27% die who get Lassa fever in Nigeria. No books, no western …Meanwhile 27% die who get Lassa fever in Nigeria. No books, no western media hysteria, no stock market falls.


Shame it's not Lassie fever. Then Dave the Dog would have something to say about it.
chelly6324/03/2020 06:24

Dogs don’t talk either but that’s not the point, this is just a story to he …Dogs don’t talk either but that’s not the point, this is just a story to help ease the worries of little pre school children, it’s not meant to a literary masterpiece , stop picking holes


I think you’re missing the point - they’re being sarcastic/humorous to lighten the mood
Aw it's great to see adults creating a book for children scared by the panic made by adults..
Thank you
It's a scary time for them? It's a scary time for me. This morning for the first time in a long time I woke up in a police state. That hasn't happened since I was in North Korea.
Voting cold. They're not social distancing in that pic.
cheappriceburns22/03/2020 19:36

What’s Dave the dog got to worry about? It doesn’t affect animals. Massive …What’s Dave the dog got to worry about? It doesn’t affect animals. Massive plot hole!!!


Hee hee! Maybe Dave is worried about the family he cares for.
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Lovely little story for the kids
parabolica24/03/2020 02:05

Meanwhile 27% die who get Lassa fever in Nigeria. No books, no western …Meanwhile 27% die who get Lassa fever in Nigeria. No books, no western media hysteria, no stock market falls.


I've never seen any books about the influenza virus and more people die from that every year...Bloody ridiculous
Edited by: "Kristina_Mcmanus" 27th Mar
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