Schools may be closed, but one Washington teen wants to educate her peers about Covid-19.
Durga Nair, 15, built her own website to teach people about Covid-19 and how each person can help to stop its spread. The Sammamish, Washington resident first came up with the idea for https://www.covid19live.site/ on March 18.
“My motivation for creating the site was really seeing or hearing about my friends and peers hanging out together after school was cancelled,” Durga said.
“The whole point of schools in our state being cancelled was because of the mass congregation of people, and at a time like this we needed to be social distancing. School was closed, not only for our safety, but the safety of others, because though the effects on us could be minimal, we could become infected then spread it to others whose bodies cannot handle the virus as well.”
Durga started researching information and guidance from medical professionals so that she could talk to her friends about the importance of social distancing. Once she realized that many people didn’t understand what they needed to be doing and why, Durga decided to put together a one-stop resource for information about the virus, its spread and how to stop it. She also included resources for kids and teens to continue learning at home and a map to track the spread, created with eSpatial mapping software.
It took about a week for Durga to complete the website, and she continues to update it regularly. Most recently, she added an “Ask a Doctor” section, where a local doctor has volunteered to answer questions.
Durga hopes her work will help people understand the three main things they can do to help protect themselves and others from Covid-19:
- Hand Hygiene: Regularly clean your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Always wash your hands before you touch your face.
- Social Distancing: Don’t gather with other people and only go out for essential trips. Keep six feet between yourself and other people if you must leave home.
- Self Quarantine: if you feel sick or if you have traveled to affected areas, self-quarantine and observe isolation guidelines.
“This virus is taking over the world and each one of us holds the key to stopping the spread,” Durga said. “The coronavirus spreads easily and rapidly. Though the recovery rate is high, no one is really safe from the virus unless they follow the practices that all doctors at this time swear by: hand hygiene, social distancing, and self-quarantine.”