When will Coronavirus be Over?

On today’s show we speaj with Professor Paul Moynagh, Head of the Biology Department in Maynooth University, Ireland about Coronavirus to find out just when Coronavirus will be over and life can go back to Normal?!

Buster and Buddy find out loads more about Coronavirus started, how vaccines work…and most importantly, when they can get to hug their Grandparents again!

Listen to the show to find hear what Professor Paul tells us, to hear kids talking about Coronavirus…as well as telling us all their brilliant Jokes of the Day!

And remember to Stay Healthy, Stay Happy and Stay Well!

Michelle and her team have a collective 50years experience working with kids as teachers, entertainers and parents!

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Michelle

Hello and welcome to The Kids Are All Right!, a weekly podcast specially for kids, that’s all about health, happiness and wellness. I’m Michelle and here with me are my co-pilots on this podcast, Buster and Buddy.

Buster

Hey. Hey, guys, it’s Buster here!

Buddy

Hey! Buddy checking in too!

Michelle

And we are on a mission to help you all feel great and live happy.

Buddy

Each week we speak with experts who have changed advice to share on how to feel in our heads, healthy in our bodies and happy in our lives.

Buster

Oh, and we’ll also be chatting with people who’ve got really interesting stories to tell or have cool jobs or like a really cool attitude to life. Yeah!

Michelle

And kids, this is your podcast, so we want to hear from you.

Buddy

Your opinions, your questions, your stories.

Buster

Oh, yeah…and your favourite jokes, because laughter really is the best medicine!

Michelle

Whatever is on your mind, we want to hear. All you have to do is record yourself on the voice recorder on an adult’s phone and then email us into us. And you might just hear yourself on this podcast.

Buster

Yeah! Woooah, let’s get started!

Michelle

So how are you guys this week? A brand new year, 2021?

Yeah, it’s great to finally get 2020 behind us and start a brand new year fresh, cause I am sick of coronavirus!

Buddy

What you’re sick with coronavirus?

Buster

No, I’m sick OF coronavirus. I just want to see my Grandad again and give him a big hug.

Buddy

Well, that’s OK. I mean, I miss being able to have fun with my grandparents and give them proper hugs too.

Michelle

Yeah, 2020 was definitely a difficult year for everyone. And kids all around the world have been amazing how well they’ve dealt with all the changes that have happened.

Buster

Oh yeah. I think I probably washed my hands like a hundred million times last year!

Buddy

Yeah, like a Gazillion times for me! Everything has changed. Nothing is the same anymore. I haven’t been able to go and play dates for ages and I didn’t even get to have a birthday party. I miss things just being normal.

Buster

Yeah, I’d like to know just when coronavirus will be over and things can go back to normal, huh.

Michelle

Well, you’re not alone there, guys. I think every kid out there just wants Coronavirus to disappear and let things go back to normal…like proper, normal. So we went out and asked some kids what they’ve missed most about normal life and if they think there were any good things to come out of Coronavirus?

Kids Vox Pop

Oh, yeah, well, I miss going to Montessori which I’m going to in a few days. I don’t like how we can’t travel far or go to Portugal like we used to a long time ago. Going to the pool is so nice.

Kids Vox Pop

I miss my friends. I miss sleepovers and playdates. It’s mostly meeting up with my friends that I miss.

Kids Vox Pop

I miss my Grandad very much!

Kids Vox Pop

I love having my mommy home and playing Monopoly with Evie my big sister and daddy and my mommy.

Kids Vox Pop

I love how my dad works at home.

Kids Vox Pop

I love baking with my mom.

Kids Vox Pop

I think that it’s been good the way that people have started realizing climate change more. I like the way that, well, our parents stay at home more and we can do more activities and stuff because we’ve been playing more card games. We’ve started doing more sea swimming which is a good thing.

Kids Vox Pop

Well, the thing Daddy doesn’t do now, is he doesn’t go back to Newcastle. I’m very happy. I’m happy he didn’t have to go back and over because he’ll go back there when he, when the Lockdown is banged away!

Buddy

Yeah, those kids are right. Coronavirus has been horrible in lots of ways, but it also made it understand the things that are most important.

Michelle

Yes, it’s important to always try and look for the good that can come out of the bad things that happen. And I think we can all agree there have been some good things to come out of coronavirus. For me, I think it’s all the amazing mountain walks that I now do with my daughters.

Buster

Yeah, I love playing all the board games with my family. It’s so much fun.

Buddy

Yeah. Or even being able to put down the electronic devices every so often and read a book or use my imagination by colouring new things in.

Michelle

Because life doesn’t always go the way we wanted to and there will always be bumps along the way. So we have to learn how to get around or over these bumps.

Buddy

Exactly. Yeah. Michelle, Michelle.. What was that saying you heard about problems being like waves.

Michelle

Oh yeah. You can’t stop the waves, but you can learn to surf.

Michelle

But life has been very different because of the Coronavirus. So to help us to understand more about Coronavirus and when we can expect things to return to normal, we have Professor Paul Moynagh joining us.

Buddy

Oh, he’s a professor and head of the Biology Department in Maynooth University. Well, he knows everything there is to know about Covid-19 right now.

Buster

Everything?

Buddy

Well, yeah, that’s what it says here in my notes.

Buster

Well, we’ll soon see about that.

Michelle

Enough you too. Sorry, Paul, these two are still a bit hyper from all the Christmas treats. Welcome to the Kids Are All Right! Podcast.

Prof Paul Moynagh

Thank you very much, Michelle. And hello to Buster and Buddy.

Buddy

Hey, Paul.

Buster

Hey, Paul. Professor Paul, what actually do you do in the Biology Department?

Prof Paul Moynagh

Well, Buster, Biology, in Biology, we’re interested in living things. We study living things, we study me, you, animals, plants, why we get sick and if we get sick, how we can make ourselves better. And in the Department, I do many things. I teach, so maybe when you get a little bit older Buster, you’ll end up studying Biology, hopefully come to Maynooth University and you may end up coming into my class and I’ll be teaching the class. And I also do research. So research is where we some of the things we don’t understand and we do lots of experiments to try to understand those things that we currently don’t understand.

Buddy

And Paul, all we’re hearing nowadays is Coronavirus, Coronavirus and Corona virus! But can you explain what it really is and how did it all start in the first place?

Prof Paul Moynagh

I know it sounds there Buddy like you are really fed up with Coronavirus. I think we’re all fed up with the virus at this stage. So really, what a Coronavirus is, it’s a virus. We can’t see it. They’re really, really tiny. But if you had a really, really good microscope, you can actually see it. And then it looks like a football with spikes coming out of it. And the problem is that it can get inside you, it gets in through your nose. And when it gets into your body, they can make you sick. And that’s the problem with viruses. They’re not they’re not very nice. So the Coronavirus seems to have appeared in animals, first of all. And then for some reason, it moved from animals into people. And since then, it has gone all around the world and so many people have ended up getting this nasty virus. Oh, wow.

Buster

Oh, Professor Paul. But if I’ve got, like, a bad cold, I can go to the doctor and get medicine to make me well, again. Why is it taking so long to get rid of coronavirus?

Prof Paul Moynagh

And it’s a very good question. So normally if you’re sick, if you’ve got a cough and you go to the doctor, the cough is caused by something that we know about that we’ve seen before. And because we’ve seen it before, we know how to treat it and we know what medicine to give to you. The problem with the Coronavirus is it’s new. We haven’t seen it before and we’re doing lots and lots of different experiments to try to find out why it makes you sick and then importantly, the medicines we can make to make you better. So it’s just taking a little bit of while. We’ve made really, really good progress now and we’re getting to the stage where we’ve got really good medicines that will stop you from getting the virus and stop you from getting sick.

Michelle

Exactly. You know, there does seem to be a number of vaccines now that have been developed and that people around the world are starting to get. I mean, can you explain what a vaccine does and why this is good news?

Prof Paul Moynagh

So, first of all, Michelle, vaccines are really, really good and they stop us from getting sick. So normally to explain what a vaccine is, when a virus gets inside your body, your body says, hang on there; there’s something here that doesn’t belong to myself. And what it will do is try to get rid of that virus. And the body has little soldiers that come along and get rid of the virus. But the problem is those soldiers are asleep and they need to be awakened up and it takes a few days to wake them up. And during that time, you can get a little bit sick. But then when the soldiers are waking up, then they get rid of the virus. And again if the virus tries to get in a second time, the soldiers will stop it getting in. So with a vaccine, what we do is we actually trick the soldiers. So we give a little bit of the virus that doesn’t make you sick. And then the soldiers will be wakened up so that if the real virus comes along and tries to get into your body the soldiers are already awake and will stop the virus from getting in. So vaccines are really, really good.

Buster

Professor Paul, we learned in school that there are 7.8 billion people in the world! So how long is it going to take to get the vaccine to everyone?

Prof Paul Moynagh

Well, the great thing there Buster is that we’ve been spending and lots of different companies have been spending over the last year making lots of these vaccines. So now we’ve got lots and lots of these vaccines made, we’re ready to give them to people, so hopefully by the end of this year, virtually everybody in the world who wants this vaccine will have got this vaccine. So we’re in a really, really good place.

Buster

Wow, that’s cool. Yeah, that’s amazing. So if my Nanny and Grandad get the vaccine, say, maybe like this month, how long does it take until they’re safe from Covid?

Prof Paul Moynagh

Well again, this is really good news. So when your Nanny and Grandad get the vaccine, they will get it twice. So if they get it today, they will also get the vaccine again three weeks from now and then very quickly they will be protected from the virus. In fact, some of the experiments shows us that even after getting the first vaccine, they will be protected. But just to be safe, we give two vaccines and then about one to two weeks after those two vaccines, they’re safe and they are protected from the virus. So that’s that’s really, really good news.

Buddy

Right. But does that mean that once they have it, I can start to give them a hug again?

Prof Paul Moynagh

Well, that’s been one of the terrible things Buddy hasn’t it about the Coronavirus, that you haven’t been able to hug the people you love, especially your Nanny and Grandad. And one of the reasons that you haven’t been able to hug your Nanny and Grandad is because the virus is more dangerous to them than you. So it can make them very, very sick. So you’ve all been doing a really, really good thing. I know it’s been really hard by not hugging your nanny and granddad, but you’ve kept them safe. But once they’ve got the vaccine now, it should be safe, relatively safe for you to hug them a number of weeks after they get the vaccine. And I’m sure you’re all looking forward to it.

Buster

Awh yes, it’ll be awesome!

Michelle

That’s brilliant. That’s brilliant news, Paul. I didn’t know that. But the main thing is that once their grandparents can get the vaccine, they can start to hug them again. I think that’s the main thing kids want to do is spend some time with their Nanny & Grandad’s and give them the hugs they’ve missed out on.

Prof Paul Moynagh

That’s something that definitely they can do once their grandparents have got the vaccine. Once their grandparents have got the vaccine it will protect them. But obviously, we still need to be careful. You know, the boys and girls will realise, you know, we’ve been wearing masks, we’ve been staying apart from each other. And to a degree, we have to try to keep those things as much as possible. But it’s really important that they’ve got the vaccine, thgat your nanny and granddad have got the vaccine so that they’re protected, so that by hugging your granny and ground that they’re not going to get sick. So it’s really important that they have the vaccine before you can do that.

Buddy

OK, but I’ve heard that there are some people who say they won’t take the vaccine as it’s not safe because it’s been made too fast, so fast that they couldn’t have done all the safety checks that they usually do with a normal vaccine.

Prof Paul Moynagh

Well, this is brilliant. So in less than a year, we’ve ended up being able to make a vaccine that will stop us from getting the virus and making us very, very sick. And the reason why this has been so quick is because everybody has worked together, because everybody has wanted desperately to try to get this vaccine. So instead of people sort of competing and racing against each other, everybody work together. The second thing was that to make a vaccine and to discover a vaccine, it takes so, so, so much money and normally takes you a long time to get that money. And sometimes that can take many, many years. But because everybody was so desperate to try to get this vaccine, lots and lots of money was available. So then we were able to make this vaccine really, really quickly. But importantly, we still did all those experiments to make sure that those vaccines are safe. So it’s really, really important that those experiments are done and those experiments have been done. And we now have a situation where we have these vaccines that work to stop us from getting sick from the virus and they’re also safe.

Buddy

Oh wow, you guys working together like a team. You’re almost like modern day superheroes!

Prof Paul Moynagh

There have been many superheroes during this coronavirus and especially doctors. Nurses have done really, really great work in terms of keeping us safe. They are the real heroes.

Buster

Professor Paul, I really, really want to know when will the coronavirus really be over and things can go back to normal again and I can stop giving virtual high fives and give them real high fives.

Prof Paul Moynagh

Yeah, yeah. I’m looking I’m looking forward to those real high fives as well guys and moving away from those virtual high fives. So I think it’ll happen bit by bit, but certainly over this year, I think and by the time we get to the late summer and towards the end of this year. They will take a little bit of time if we can get enough vaccines and if enough people will take those vaccines, I think by the end of the year, we should be able to get closer together again.

Buddy

Yeah! I’m sending you a virtual high five right now!

Prof Paul Moynagh

Well, I’m sending you one right back as well!. Yeah. Yeah.

Michelle

Professor Paul, it’s been great talking with you and understanding so much more about Coronavirus. But before you go, the guys have just one final question. It’s a special one they like to ask all our guests.

Buster

Professor Paul, Professor Paul. You ready?

Prof Paul Moynagh

I’m ready.

Buddy

I’m ready.

Buddy

OK, so we call this Big Me to Little…..Ah Buster you forgot the voice filter!

Buster

Oh, Yeah, Sorry, I forgot!. Are we ready? Try now.

Buddy

BIG ME TO LITTLE ME!!. So basically what we want to know is if you could teleport back in time, what would Big You tell Little You? So like, what advice would Big Paul give to little Paul.

Prof Paul Moynagh

Well, I’m a very big Paul now. And if I could go back in time, what I would tell little Paul would be to to try to do things in life that you enjoy that make you happy. I’ve ended up being a scientist. I enjoy so much being a scientist. And if you enjoy doing this doesn’t really feel like work anymore.

Buster

Oh, my God. That’s amazing.

Prof Paul Moynagh

Thank you so much for talking to us today. I’d say all the kids listening really understand Coronavirus so much better now.

Buster

Oh, Professor Paul, before you go, what’s your favourite number?

Prof Paul Moynagh

Seven!

Buddy

Oh, lucky seven. Bye bye.

Prof Paul Moynagh

Bye guys!

Buster

You know what Buddy, I really understand so much more now about Coronavirus after chatting with Professor I didn’t really understand why it was taking so long to stop coronavirus and to get back to normal life.

Buddy

Yeah, me too. And now I know it’s because doctors and scientists had never seen Covid-19 before, so they had to start at the beginning and do loads of experiments to learn all about it and then work out what medicines they could make to help people get better.

Buster

Exactly. And I loved how he explained that we all have our very own army of soldiers in our body always there to protect us. Yeah. And that when a virus gets into our body, they know that it’s their job to defend us and fight off the virus. Oh, brilliant.

Buddy

Yeah. And that sometimes these soldiers are asleep, but we can trick the soldiers into thinking they are under attack, wake them up and when they are standing to attention that it is ready to fight off the Coronavirus and wait that’s how the vaccine works.

Buster

Oh yeah. And I’m so happy to know that once my nana and granddad get two doses of the vaccine that they’ll be protected, then I can start giving them little hugs again. That will be amazing!

Buddy

We just have to stay strong. Oh, we’re almost there. I just can’t wait to get there!right.

Michelle

Yeah, it really will be amazing when we can get back to normal. I can’t wait either. And you know what? After the year we just had, I think all of us are much, much stronger than we even realize ourselves. .

Buddy

And knowing I’ve been able to get through the worst things about coronavirus and all the difficult and upsetting parts, I really think I could pretty much deal with anything that happens now.

Buster

Oh, I’m just so excited to get back to normal. I just can’t wait!

Michelle

so we’ve learned loads today, laughed lots and now it’s time to give our brains a massage. Are you guys ready for this week’s Mini Mindfulness Moment?

Buster

Oh, yeah!

Louise Shanagher

Hello, everyone. My name’s Louise, and welcome to this episode of Mini Mindfulness Moments. So today’s Mini Mindfulness Moment is called Hot Chocolate Breathing. And I want you to imagine now that you’ve a lovely cup of chocolate in your hands. Is there marshmallows in your cup of hot chocolate? Mmm, I know there is in mine. So we’re going to breathe in and smell the chocolate and breathe out and cool it down, breathe in and smell your chocolate. Breathe out and cool it down. Well done. That’s so good. And remember that you can practice your many mindfulness moments any time you like. Bye for now and see you next time.

So guys, that’s almost it for us for today. Thanks to all the kids who sent in their audio clips this week. If you have something you want to tell us a story, a question or your favourite joke, we’d love to hear from you. All you have to do is record it in the voice recorder app on a parent’s smartphone and then email us into us. And the email is in our show notes

Buddy

And you can check out our website www.TheKidsAreAllRight.ie for more details about sending in your clips or you’ll find more information on the show and everything we talked about.

Buster

And guys, we really, really hope you enjoyed this week’s show. And if you did, please rate review, subscribe and tell all your friends. Yeah!

Michelle

And remember guys to try to be Healthy, be Well and be Happy. See you next time guys on The Kids Are All Right!

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