Nickelodeon plans to feature top infectious disease expert Anthony Fauci in video clips answering children’s questions about COVID-19 and the pandemic starting this weekend.
Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), will appear in Nickelodeon’s “Nick News Breaks,” which are one-minute segments designed to frame news and important issues for kids.
The four “Nick News Breaks” that Fauci is slated to appear on will start airing on Saturday and continue through the weekend on Nick, TeenNick, Nicktoons and on Nickelodeon’s social media.
In the four videos, six children pose questions to the infectious disease expert about how COVID-19 affects their lives. Ella, 6, asks Fauci when she will be able to have playdates again.
“You know Ella I would hope that by the time we get to the late spring and early summer you could start having playdates,” 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.”