The COVID-19 pandemic in Canada

In 2020, the coronavirus, or COVID-19, swept the world. The virus started in Wuhan, China and spread rapidly around the world. On March 12, the World Health Organization officially declared it a pandemic. COVID-19 is a new virus that causes respiratory illness that can be lethal in humans – especially those with weakened immune systems. It is considered more deadly than the seasonal flu. This collection takes stock of the pandemic and its impact on Canadians across the country.

  • 2020
  • 9-12
  • 33 Titles

Included in this collection

CBC News The mental impact of COVID-19 and how to cope New

Feeling overwhelmed, anxious or stressed by the coronavirus pandemic? Here are some things to consider and guidelines for how to cope.
  • 2020
  • 00:05:13
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 05/01/2020

CBC Kids News What does it mean to be self-isolated?

What does it mean to be self-isolated? It’s all about reducing the spread of the coronavirus. Have you heard about people being self-isolated because of the coronavirus? It’s happening more and more, including to our prime minister and his wife. Watch the video to find out what it means.
  • 2020
  • 00:01:07
  • 9-12
  • Added on: 03/19/2020

Teacher Guide(s)

  • How to Use Video Effectively in the Classroom [.pdf]

CBC Kids News What is flattening the curve?

Health officials keep talking about flattening the curve. Charlotte and Jimmy Greig, from Guelph, Ont., wanted to know what that means. Basically, it means people still get sick with the coronavirus, but over a longer period of time instead of all at once. That way, doctors are able to treat everyone who needs help, instead of having to deal with ...
  • 2020
  • 00:01:22
  • 9-12
  • Added on: 03/19/2020

Teacher Guide(s)

  • How to Use Video Effectively in the Classroom [.pdf]

CBC Kids News What is physical distancing?

We’ve been hearing a lot about social distancing during the coronavirus outbreak. Now everyone is talking about physical distancing. So what’s the difference? They basically mean the same thing, but as the coronavirus spreads and infects more people, the restrictions are getting more serious. And we’re being encouraged to find ways to be social while still staying apart from each ...
  • 2020
  • 00:01:35
  • 9-12
  • Added on: 03/30/2020

Teacher Guide(s)

  • How to Use Video Effectively in the Classroom [.pdf]

CBC Kids News What is social distancing?

Have you been told not to hug or touch your friends? That’s called social distancing. Why are we talking about this now? Some public health officials are encouraging social distancing as a way to keep the coronavirus from spreading. Check out this video for more on what that means.
  • 2020
  • 00:01:23
  • 9-12
  • Added on: 03/19/2020

Teacher Guide(s)

  • How to Use Video Effectively in the Classroom [.pdf]

CBC News What we actually know about the coronavirus

Information about the coronavirus outbreak is spreading fast, but what do we actually know about the illness? CBC News medical contributor and family physician Dr. Peter Lin breaks down the facts about what it is, where it came from, how it spreads and what you can do to protect yourself.
  • 2020
  • 00:05:09
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 04/01/2020

CBC Kids News Why are schools closed for the coronavirus?

Extended March Break? Sweet! Or not? Some schools in Canada are shutting down to keep the coronavirus from spreading quickly. Even though kids who get the coronavirus are experiencing really mild symptoms, they can spread it, and that puts a strain on the health care system. If your school closes, you might still have homework and there will be plenty ...
  • 2020
  • 00:01:11
  • 9-12
  • Added on: 03/30/2020

Teacher Guide(s)

  • How to Use Video Effectively in the Classroom [.pdf]

CBC Kids News Why is the coronavirus outbreak a pandemic?

Why is the coronavirus outbreak a pandemic? It means it’s new and it’s spreading around the world. At first the coronavirus was called an outbreak. Then, on March 11, the World Health Organization (WHO) announced it was going to start calling it a pandemic. What’s a pandemic? A pandemic is a new virus that’s infecting a lot of people. It ...
  • 2020
  • 00:01:06
  • 9-12
  • Added on: 03/19/2020

Teacher Guide(s)

  • How to Use Video Effectively in the Classroom [.pdf]