Before the WHO announcement of the novel corona virus COVID-19 as a pandemic on May 11th 2020, many countries have undertaken quarantine measures to reduce the disease transmission. Although adults can understand the high risk virus imposes, and the importance of the quarantine, children cannot; hence their psychological status can be signifcantly affected. In light of this, the healthcare transformation team at the Ministry of Health in Saudi Arabia had launched a series of online webinars during the quarantine using different types of arts aiming at reducing the psychological consequences and stresses imposed on quarantined children. This short article describes the Saudi experience in using Health Edutainment to reduce the psychological impact of quarantine on children during the COVID-19 pandemic and supports it based on evidence from the literature.
Manal M Samarkandy* and Oraynab Abou Abbas