‘Dr. Soo’ goes online to calm the COVID-19 fears of area children

Dr. Soo Battle posted her first Facebook live video, "Dr. Soo's advice to kids during coronavirus," on Wednesday and within less than 24 hours, nearly 5,000 people had watched it.
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(KWTX) A local pediatrician who has years of experience in talking with kids about difficult issues as the founder of Camp Careful, through which she educates children about such sensitive topics as sexual abuse, is going online in an effort to calm kids' fears about the novel coronavirus.

"I decided to do it because a parent, who’s friend and a dad, suggested it and thought it would be very helpful since I have good way of explaining difficult topics to kids and parents," Dr. Soo Battle said.

Battle posted her first Facebook live video, "Dr. Soo's advice to kids during coronavirus," on Wednesday and within less than 24 hours, nearly 5,000 people had watched it.

Battle says she thinks the popularity demonstrates the struggle many parents are unexpectedly facing amid the national crisis, which has shut down schools and left much of the world at almost a standstill.

"A lot of parents don't know how to handle information like that with children," Battle said.

"How much is too much? How do I explain it without worrying them? Age appropriate information is extremely important. Kids need info to help them with their own anxieties about this."

In the video, Battle provides a kid-friendly explanation of what the new coronavirus is (an infection like strep throat or the flu), reminds viewers that most people, even those diagnosed with the virus, will be OK, and provides tips on how to stay safe and health (regular handwashing, keeping hands off faces and social distancing).

Battle says she plans to continue to be a resource online as different issues and questions come about in the days to come.