March 27, 2020
What is a Virus? Our Resource Helps Explain
By Columba Quigley, MD
Comic Book Display

During this trying time for our global community, it’s safe to say one word on everyone’s mind is “virus.”  But, where to turn for safe, reliable information that you don’t need a white coat to understand can sometimes be difficult.

At Jumo Health, we create highly visual resources based on the latest medical research using storytelling to explain difficult medical concepts. With such an influx of information being relayed from all directions surrounding the coronavirus and COVID-19, it can be helpful to take a step back and start at the beginning. We have a number of resources relevant to the current pandemic.

To start with, our title on infections addresses a key question that may not be the first to come to mind, but is particularly relevant: what is a virus?

understanding infections comic book cover

It can be difficult answering even this simple question for kids. Understanding Infections addresses this difficulty by creating an engaging adventure story around the medical facts, in a language and style that engages and entertains while simultaneously educating. As the fictional “Mediland” becomes “invaded” by germs (a narrative that resonates with what the world is currently experiencing) two of the resident superheros (the “Medikidz”), Axon and Abacus, explain what infections are and the different types of causative germs, including the type on everyone’s minds.

different types of infections

As the story continues, the Medikidz proceed to explain various types of infections, from the common cold to more serious conditions, such as meningitis. How infections can be treated and prevented is also explained.

The book ends with the most important message of all— the best way to prevent infections is through regular and thorough handwashing. The current pandemic has highlighted the fact that how we have been washing our hands to date generally falls well short in terms of preventing the spread of disease. Understanding Infections includes a full page visual step-by-step guide on how we should be doing this critical infection prevention measure.

hand washing steps

Understanding Infections answers simple questions that our young audience ask and can relate to. Arming oneself with facts and thereby influencing health behavior is very much at the core of the Jumo Health ethos.

Read our Understanding Infections book here!

Columba Quigley, MD
Mother, physician, writer, cellist, (over)thinker. Lover of comics. Editor-in-Chief at Jumo Health

Jumo Health develops age-appropriate, culturally relevant, and relatable educational resources for patients and caregivers. We have experience serving diverse populations, covering more than 160 health topics across 80+ countries in 120+ languages. Our various digital, video, and print offerings use highly visual elements and research-backed health literacy strategies to ensure that everyone can understand and act upon complex medical information. We do this through familiar mediums – from comic books and animation, to virtual reality experiences and authentic documentary-style patient stories – all customized based on audience. Jumo Health collaborates globally with more than 180 advocacy groups and community organizations to promote access and to ensure unique patient experiences are accurately represented.

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