Here are 4 important education programs about the Corona Virus.
These programs are available with English subtitles.
This is perfect for English speaking trainers and medical staff so you can listen together with Yolŋu people and have an informed conversation. To enable subtitles click on ‘CC’ on the bottom right hand corner of the program.
From WHY WARRIORS PTY LTD’s YouTube channel
Produced by Nikunu Yunupingu and Richard Trudgen
Nikunu and Richard discuss the Coronavirus. Yolngu hear the it’s coming to their communities but they’re not sure what it’s about. These programs will share information about the Coronavirus as it’s updated, including its spread and how to manage it.
In this program we introduce the names of the Coronavirus and COVID-19. Nikunu asks if this is a lifelong sickness. (This is one of the points of confusion that many Yolngu have.) It’s explained that it’s only a short sickness of about two weeks. Throughout this time people might be infectious even if they only get a mild sickness. If they’re not sure they should self-isolate for two weeks and it’s explained this becomes necessary as a strategy to stop the virus moving through communities.
The question is asked “What happens after 2 weeks?” Richard shares a lot of information about the immune system and white blood cells. This information is built on the Yolngu worldview around their zoological knowledge. This is necessary so that people can see clearly how the immune system works and also how immunisation works.
We make it clear that there is no immunisation for Coronavirus yet, and it could take two years for it to be produced. However, doctors might ask people on community to have the standard flu injection so their body is not fighting this season’s flu and the Coronavirus at the same time.