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What I Told My 9-Year-Old About Coronavirus

The virus will have a lasting impact on our children’s sense of safety

Jessica Valenti
GEN
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3 min readMar 16, 2020

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“I“I heard 20% of kids are going to die of coronavirus,” my nine-year-old daughter told me matter-of-factly last week. She’d heard that rumor from another classmate, the day before her Brooklyn school was shut down. I explained to her that…

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Jessica Valenti
GEN
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Feminist author & columnist. Native NYer, pasta enthusiast.