‘Disturbed, scared’: What our kids really think about pandemic
Queensland children have revealed how they feel about the coronavirus represented in artwork.
"Disturbing", "worried", and "like being in jail" were some of the words Year 5 students have used to describe their time in lockdown due to COVID-19, however one Brisbane class agreed the virus would "go away if we listened to the government".
The students at St Paul's College in Bald Hills said although the virus had changed their lives and made them uncertain about their and their family's future, the children found many positives during the lockdown, including less air pollution and more family time.
"It felt weird to see stuff on TV and I freaked out a bit about the death toll rising," Charlie White said.
Kimberley Boag-Hodgson said the toilet paper shortage was "confusing", wondering why people were stockpiling toilet paper over food, while Neha Bhat said the coronavirus taught people to value frontline workers.
"When we first went into lockdown we couldn't go to the park or see our friends or anything and it felt kind of like being in jail. My favourite thing is sport and I couldn't really do that because of the parks being closed," Ryder McCarthy said.
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"I felt the Coronavirus was kind of good and bad. The good was that there was not as much pollution and there were less people out littering and the bad was being inside and the virus will take a long time to go away."
"It felt weird to see stuff on TV and I freaked out a bit about the death toll rising. I went from a very busy schedule doing sport and then just going to nothing, watching movies and doing home learning."
"I was really scared my cousins and grandparents were going to get the virus. I was nervous and scared and was watching the news and didn't want that to happen.
"Too many things were cancelled and the government has gone a bit too far about it about how they're forcing people to mask but I think the positive side of coronavirus is there is less air pollution and people are more hygenic and you get to spend more time with family.
"I'm just a bit angry because in a couple of weeks I'm supposed to go on holiday but now they're shutting borders I'm not doing that.
"I felt worried and scared because I kept thinking I was going to get coronavirus. I kept being worried about my family. Kept relying on scientists they will get a result.
Kimberley Boag - Hodgson
"My drawing is about at the beginning when everyone went for toilet paper instead of food. I got a bit confused on that because I thought people would choose food over toilet paper. I didn't really enjoy online learning as much because the only way I could talk to my friends was through technology and that meant even more screen time.
"I felt confused because so many things had changed since coronavirus started and I felt lost and I didn't know what to do. At school everyone's so serious about coronavirus and its disturbing. I also kind of felt happy because we were valuing the doctors that were helping us getting us through the coronavirus. When I was at home it was comforting because I knew my family was safe.
Originally published as 'Disturbed, scared': What our kids really think about pandemic