Saturday, April 03, 2021

Nickelodeon Taps Dr. Anthony S. Fauci to Answer Kids' Questions About COVID-19 in Brand-New Nick News Breaks, Airing Saturday, April 3


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Nickelodeon’s Nick News will feature Director of NIAID and the nation’s leading expert on infectious diseases Dr. Anthony S. Fauci taking real questions from real kids in a series of four Nick News Breaks, beginning Saturday, April 3, and airing throughout the weekend on Nick, TeenNick, Nicktoons and on Nickelodeon social media platforms. Nick News Breaks is an ongoing series of news updates covering the big topics and news of the day that are most important to kids.

In the Nick News Breaks, Dr. Fauci candidly answers the following questions from kids across the country:

  • I already wear one mask and now I hear we need to wear two masks.  Do I really need to wear two masks? – Kaleb, age 12
  • I stay with my grandma part time.  Does that mean I need to get the vaccine? She gives the best hugs – does that mean I can’t hug her? – Jade, age 10
  • My parents told me that kids my age are now being tested for the vaccination. Is that true? – Joey, age 9
  • When will I be allowed to have playdates again? – Ella, age 6
  • Why does the information about COVID-19 keep changing on the news? – Jesai, age 13
  • I didn’t have a birthday party last year. Will I miss it again this year? – Natalie, age 11

Nick News Breaks debuted on Nickelodeon earlier this year, covering topics ranging from the Capitol Insurrection to Trump Impeachment, Peaceful Transition of Power, to COVID-19 Vaccines and NASA Landing on Mars.

The award-winning Nick News series made its return last June with a special hour-long presentation Kids, Race and Unity: A Nick News Special, hosted by global superstar Alicia Keys, and was followed by Nick News: Kids Pick the President, a special hosted by Nickelodeon alum Keke Palmer (True Jackson, VP) in October. Specials will continue to air throughout the year. Nick News is executive produced by Magalie Laguerre-Wilkinson, Vice President of News Programming.

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In the four videos, six children pose questions to the infectious diseases expert about how COVID-19 affects their lives. Ella, 6, asks Fauci when she will be able to have play dates again.

“You know Ella I would hope that by the time we get to the late spring and early summer you could start having play dates,” he said. “So hang on a little bit longer. We’re going in the right direction.”

Ten-year-old Jade questioned Fauci on whether she needed the vaccine if she lives with her grandmother part-time and whether she can hug her. 

“Well if your grandmother is vaccinated, even though you're not vaccinated, you don’t have to wear a mask when you’re with her, and you can go back and get one of her really big hugs,” Fauci responded. 

Natalie, 11, posed a question to Fauci asking whether she will be able to have a birthday party this year. 

“Natalie, it depends on when your birthday is,” he answered. “I didn’t have my birthday this year. Usually I have all of my daughters and my family come in and have a big meal together, and we didn’t do that this year.”

“So I’m hoping that next year I’ll be able to have it,” he continued. “So I’m wishing the same thing for you that when you have your 12th birthday, Natalie, that you’re going to be able to have a party. So let’s keep our fingers crossed.”

In another video, Jesai, 13, asked, “Why does the information about COVID-19 keep changing on the news?”

“That’s a good question,” Fauci answered. “Information changes only when you get new factual data and evidence. And since we’re still continuing to learn more and more every week, every month, sometimes recommendations that you wanna make based on data — they can change only when the data and the evidence change.”

Originally published: Friday, April 02, 2021 at 16:12 BST.

Additional sources: The Hill, CBS Local.

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