Dr. Jill Talks to Kids About Covid-19

She probably answers some of your questions too!

By Julie Follansbee Publisher and Editor of Macaroni Kid Johnstown/Laurel Highlands/Altoona Pa April 9, 2020

We are so lucky to have a resource like Dr. Jill Henning from UPJ in town. Last week she shared questions that adults had been asking and this week she tackled the kids.

Through the wonders of Zoom, she agreed to answer questions kids have about the Coronavirus by having her son and niece share their questions. She touched on how the virus spreads, if it "changes", if take out meals safe, how to properly don and doff a mask and more.

She uses clear and amazing visuals to explain the concepts and has a fun hand washing exercise that you can do with the kids.

I hope you take the time to watch the whole video and invite your family to watch with you.

She's so upbeat and reassuring! 

Jill D. Henning, PhD is an Associate Professor of Biology at the University of Pittsburgh Johnstown Campus.  She has a broad background in immunology, infectious diseases, and cancer biology.  In general, her research examines how infectious disease affect humans and animals—a concept referred to as “One Health.”    She has divided her research into two specific categories: viral influences on immune function associated with cancer and zoonotic infectious diseases and their vectors. She completed her Ph.D. in Infectious Diseases Microbiology from the University of Pittsburgh’s Graduate School of Public Health in 2008. She was a post-doctoral fellow in biobehavioral medicine for a year and joined the faculty at Pitt-Johnstown in 2009.   She teaches Immunology, Microbiology, Ecology of Infectious Diseases, Medical Microbiology, Anatomy and Physiology and Life Sciences.



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