The Land of Blue People

This story needs to be read by parents and teachers to assess whether it is suitable for their children. The story is quite stark and you may need to take bits out and soften it for sensitive children.

A story for kids from 9 to 12 years old about the Covid pandemic 2020

The Land of Blue People

This is a strange land I find myself in. It is not what I knew before. I have to behave in different ways to stay safe. I want to stay safe and to protect my family so I pay great attention to the rules. In this land there is some kind nasty stuff that is making those who touch it turn blue. If you become a blue person you have to keep away from other people, because if they get too close they could turn blue. Nobody wants to be blue. A few people become so blue that nobody recognises them any more then they have to go to the land of the Blueys. We don’t see them again. Other people become a lighter blue and if they’re very careful and do the right things eventually the blues fades and they can get close to their families again. They can hug them and be hugged.  They say that’s what they miss most when they are self isolating, hugs and important conversations,  and just having fun with other people.

The children don’t seem to go blue so easily and if they do it is usually only a pale wishy-washy blue, around their eyes and their fingernails. If people think their children are looking a bit blue they take them to be tested, then they know if they are safe or not.  They know if it will be all right to hug their grannies and granddads.  Usually they find they are safe to hug and be hugged. But just in case the testing is not being done, everyone is asked to wear a mask when they are out and about. This is so that they do not breathe in the blueness from another person, or  breathe onto someone else who in turn may go blue.

It is a strange and different life but it affects the whole world and the only way to get rid of the blue is to keep apart from people who are not in your family or not in your ‘bubble’ of people you see regularly. 

Scientists all over the world are busy inventing vaccinations against blueness.  When they have chosen the best one, people will be able to have a dose of the vaccine which will stop them from going blue.  Meanwhile everyone needs to be careful to stay apart, to wash their hands and wear a mask when they are asked to. THE END.

Just a year ago this would have seemed like a strange and unbelievable story but today it reminds us of something very important that is happening in the world: the Coronavirus.  It does not turn us blue but it can make some people very ill, especially older people . Most people recover well from it.  Young people such as you might just feel like you have had a temperature and a cold but, like in the Land of Blue People, you need to think of others and be careful not to catch or spread the Coronavirus.  It will soon be under control we are told, but meanwhile think of others as well as yourself and stay safe.

Talk about this with your parents, guardians or teachers. Every one is in the same boat and we just need to do our best and be helpful and kind.