Watch the First ABCs of COVID Town Hall

From April 25th, 2020.

Our first Town Hall, The ABC’s of COVID-19 brought information and comfort to viewers around the world at a time when it was a very confusing place.

Hosted by CNN’s Chief Medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta and anchor Erica Hill along with our very own Big Bird, the special answers children’s questions about the coronavirus and provides still-relevant tools to help them understand their big feelings and adapt to changes in their routines as families everywhere continue to navigate a “for now” normal.

Abby Cadabby, Elmo, Rosita, Grover, and other Sesame friends and early childhood experts promote health messages like the importance of wearing a mask and washing hands, and they share ways for parents and children alike to practice self-care. Special videos like Abby’s self-hug bring children comforting messages directly from their Sesame Street friends.

Part 1

Dr. Leana Wen, an emergency physician, answers questions from children all over the world about what the coronavirus is and how they can stay safe.

Part 2

Dr. Sanjay Gupta helps Elmo understand why face masks and proper hand washing are important ways to stop the spread of coronavirus.

Part 3

Children everywhere are experiencing strong emotions during the pandemic. Abby Cadabby, Grover, and Rosita show kids at home how they manage some of the big feelings they’ve been having. Sesame’s Senior VP of Curriculum and Content, Dr. Rosemarie Truglio shares calm down strategies like creating a glitter jar.

Part 4

Having to “go to school” from home can be hard on children. Dr. Sanjay Gupta speaks with a principal about ways to help kids stay focused and engaged while learning from home.

Part 5

Coping with loss is something many families are facing due to the pandemic. Big Bird is here to help kids understand that it’s OK to be sad when you lose a loved one and that, when you remember them, they are still with you in your heart.

Part 6

Cookie Monster is here to help kids make healthy food choices while staying at home during the coronavirus pandemic.