This footage released by the Swiss police as the country begins to its first phase of ending the coronavirus lockdown shows a new superhero – Coronaman – showing kids going back to school how to be safe.
The footage was shared by the Swiss canton of Basel-Stadt’s police force on their social media channels.
In true superhero form, Coronaman has a red cape, a Superman-style letter ‘C’ emblazoned across his chest, a bright yellow eye mask to protect his secret identity, and of course, spandex tights.
He shows schoolchildren returning to the classroom how to disinfect their hands when they enter the school, how they should avoid sharing classroom equipment with each other, such as rulers, and how when they have a snack on a bench in the courtyard, all huddled up, how they can be safer by sitting further apart.
Just like Batman, Coronaman has a utility belt, although he does not have a Batarang or a grappling gun. Instead, he has bottles of disinfectant on his belt, at the ready to spray anyone in need with the germ-killer elixir.
Coronaman shows how Swiss kids can follow the Federal Office of Public Health’s guidelines to help make sure there is not a second wave of COVID-19 infections.
It remains to be seen whether these measures will be enough to stop a resurgence in infections.
Emma Hodcroft from the University of Basel, for one, warns: “As soon as we loosen the measures, the virus will be able to spread again more easily.”
And molecular epidemiologist Andreas Cerny, a doctor at the Moncucco Clinic in Lugano, also cautioned: “We risk a second wave. And that could be worse than the first.”
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