The kids are at that age when they intensely question everything about the world. It’s been a challenge to digest all the news in a manner that they can grasp. Most adults in this society share more intense emotions than objective information. Not useful for kids.
I could be a hysterical jackass and get them to be intensely fearful of catching 2019-nCoV because it’s new and killed people. Or I could explain to them that it’s a new virus that causes pneumonia, so we don’t have a specific antiviral medicine for it yet. I could tell them to be terrified of anyone from China. Or I could tell them that because the world is so connected now, it’s in many different countries, not just China.