George was curious and wanted to know how his friends were doing in Africa. One day, the postman brought an envelope for George! The envelope was addressed to George and it was from George’s friend, Emile!
George read his letter from Emile. Emile wrote that he and his family were not feeling well.
Emile and his family were not feeling well! Oh no! George felt bad for his friend. Emile was sick with something called the Ebola Virus.
George asked the man in the Yellow Hat about Emile not feeling well. The man in the Yellow Hat told George they’d visit their friends at the Hospital and ask Dr. Kent, Nurse Nina and Nurse Amber to help explain Ebola.
George was glad. George knew when he didn’t feel well, that the Doctors and nurses always made him feel better. Doctors and Nurses did things like take your temperature and give you medicine to help make you better.
George was excited! He liked visiting his friends at the hospital! George saw his friend Hannah and her Dad when they arrived.
SUDDENLY, George saw scary looking people in scary looking outfits! George was scared of them because they looked so different!!
The man in the yellow wasn’t scared of them at all! In FACT, he smiled at them and said hello! Wait a minute ….that was George’s friend Tommy! George felt a little better seeing Tommy but he was still scared of those scary aliens!
The scary Aliens started talking to him. They knew his name! The voices sounded familiar. George watched as the scary aliens started taking off their outfit. It was his friends at the hospital, Dr. Kent, Nurse Amber and Nurse Nina!
They weren’t scary aliens! They were his friends, INSIDE the outfits! They looked so different with the outfits on, but George realized that they were dressed up! They were dressed up just like his friend Hannah dressed up for Holloween! They were wearing scary costumes but they were still his friends INSIDE the costumes!
George loved his friends! He was so relieved! George felt kind of silly that he was so scared! George asked Dr. Kent about his friend Emile who was sick with something called Ebola.
Dr. Kent explained that Doctors and Nurses were working very hard to help make patients like Emile better. Dr. Kent told George, that even he had been sick with Ebola. But, thanks to heroic Doctors, Nurses and Healthcare workers - he was now better.
George asked Dr. Kent, if Emile’s doctors and nurses wore the scary alien suits too. Dr. Kent said, yes they had to wear the suits so that they wouldn’t get sick. Dr. Kent explained that the Doctors and Nurses are Heroic. The Brave Doctors and Nurses are helping patients like Emile. However, they wear the suits because if they became sick too, then they wouldn’t be able to help their patients.
George saw other Doctors and nurses in the suits helping sick children who didn’t feel well. George saw how these heroic Doctors and Nurses worked hard to help the children feel better.
Dr. Kent explained that Emile was in good hands with these heroic Doctors and Nurses and he hoped and prayed that Emile would feel better soon. George realized that since Dr. Kent was helping children like Emile, that Dr. Kent was Brave and Heroic! Dr. Kent is a hero!
Dr. Kent saw that George was still curious, so he recommended George talk to his other friends, Nurse Nina and Nurse Amber.
George saw Nurse Amber! George loves Nurse Amber! Nurse Amber told him that it was true that she helped take care of a patient who had Ebola and that she also had Ebola. But now she’s better!
Nurse Amber showed him a picture of when she was in the hospital. Nurse Amber explained that the only way Doctors and Nurses can help patients with Ebola is by wearing the scary suits. Nurse Amber is going to be married soon. George asked Nurse Amber if she’d still be able to get married.
Nurse Amber smiled and said yes! She asked him if he’d like to see her wedding dress! This is Nurse Amber in her wedding dress. Doesn’t she look beautiful?! George was so glad that she was ok now and getting married! George realized that Nurse Amber had to have been very brave while she’d been sick. Wow, Nurse Amber was a hero too!
Now it was time for George to visit Nurse Nina. Nurse Nina has a dog named Mr. Bentley! George loves Nurse Nina and her dog Mr. Bentley! George has so much fun playing with Mr. Bentley!
Nurse Nina showed him her picture when she didn’t feel well. The man in the Yellow hat told George that Nurse Nina had been very brave too! Wow!!!
Next, Nurse Nina showed him a picture that surprised him!!! Even Mr. Bentley had to have special heroes take care of him! Mr. Bentley had to be brave too!
But now, both Nurse Nina and Mr. Bentley are well and fully recovered from Ebola. Nurse Nina told George that she hoped his friend Emile would feel better soon. George hoped so too.
So, Curious George learned that Emile also had Brave Doctors and Nurses who had to wear the suits while helping take care of Emile. Curious George wanted to help Emile and wanted to be a hero just like Dr. Kent, Nurse Nina and Nurse Amber! Curious George asked the man in the Yellow Hat how he could be brave and help Emile and be like Dr. Kent, Nurse Nina and Nurse Amber?!
The man in the Yellow Hat explained that George just needed to continue helping his friends and continue learning! George was glad he had good friends, and decided he’d grow up to be a Brave, Heroic Doctor or Nurse like his friends!
Curious George decided that’s just what he’d do because he wanted to be a hero who helps, just like Dr. Kent, Nurse Nina and Nurse Amber!
George was going to be brave, even if it meant that he had to wear the scary looking alien suit! Because George had learned that our Doctors and nurses helping patients, are actually our Real-Life Heroes!!!!
Additional ideas: This version of the book was designed primarily for children who have to endure hospitalization and might be very scared of the suits. The book is designed to help children who need medical care but are scared of accepting help from HCP’s dressed in the Hazmat suits. The book is intended to help the children trust their HCPs. Create different versions for different scenarios – PowerPoint version can be edited and personalized with children’s names/pics and specific HCP’s and printed out for child’s own personal book. Note: The PowerPoint version of the book should only be opened from a trusted source. Microsoft currently has a known vulnerability with PowerPoint. Vulnerability in Microsoft OLE Could Allow Remote Code Execution - https://technet.microsoft.com/library/security/3010060
Additional ideas cont: Create different versions for different requirements: 1.) Learning about Ebola - 2.) Learning if family or friends have Ebola 3.) Learning about Ebola if child, themselves are infected 4.) Loss of a loved one from Ebola Educational: 5.) Educate children on not touching, washing hands etc. 6.) Educate children on BASIC, General info about Ebola Recreational: 7.) Print the book in black and white and allow the child to use as a coloring book. Cultural: 8.) Add Heroic Doctors and Nurses from West Africa. Create different versions for different languages that Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea, USA, UK etc if have different requirements/needs.