UNICEF’s Young Reporters explain the importance of social distancing measures and say:

Let's stay home!

Jelena Perovic
mladi reporter
UNICEF Crna Gora / Duško Miljanić / 2020
08 April 2020

Podgorica, 4 APRIL, 2020 – UNICEF Young Reporters have joined the #OstaniDoma (#StayAtHome) campaign of the Public Health Institute of Montenegro and are using short video messages on social networks to explain why it is important to respect social distancing measures and are calling on citizens to stay home.

This weeks' survey conducted by Ipsos with the support of UNICEF shows that one in five citizens are still only partially adhering to these measures, although everyone else is respecting them.

This has motivated Young Reporters to create short video messages in order to underscore the importance of such measures.

In her video, Nastasja Gluscevic translated simulations which were recently published by the Washington Post in order to explain the rate at which a disease spreads in a society, depending on the level of respect for social distance measures.

I liked the simulations because they are clear to everyone. The screen shows that the disease spreads most slowly when the largest number of citizens remain in their homes. In this case, the healthcare system can help all the patients because there are not too many of them seeking help at the same time.

Nastasja Gluščević, young reporter
UNICEF Montenegro

Using humour in her video, Dunja Sestovic invites everyone to stay home. Dunja reminds that in a survey conducted by Ipsos with the support of UNICEF earlier this week, 70 percent of Montenegro's citizens said they believed it would be difficult for people to cope with stress if the measures of social distancing persisted.

I believe that humour is very important, especially in crisis situations like this. It is good for mental health, but also for explaining why people should stay home every day, regardless of the duration of measures and how difficult they may find all this.

Dunja Šestović, young reporter
UNICEF Montenegro

In her video address, Sara Markovic reminded that respecting social distancing was directly related to the quality of health care that sick citizens would receive.

Things are quite simple: if there are too many of us who need to be hospitalized every day, there will not be enough doctors or medicines for everyone. If the same number of citizens sought that kind of assistance within one month, not during one day, all of us would be able to receive adequate health care. So, let's stay home because it's not the same thing if we all get sick within 30 days or a few monthsi.

Sara Marković, young reporter
UNICEF Montenegro

Other Young Reporters will also be posting video messages in the coming days in order to raise awareness about the key messages related to coronavirus among young people, as well as among other citizens.

"According to a recent Ipsos survey, which was supported by UNICEF, young people are least concerned about coronavirus and therefore most likely to refuse to adhere to social distancing measures. However, my message to young people is: Let's stay home and protect others from ourselves. Each of us can infect our grandmother, grandfather, parents or other loved ones who may not have such a strong immune system. We need to think about that now. So let's stay home," Sara concludes.

The Young Reporters are UNICEF volunteers who are promoting media literacy and child rights in Montenegro through the "Let’s Choose What We Watch” media literacy campaign. Their past engagement under this initiative has already been recognized through the UNESCO Global Media, and Information Literacy Award that was presented to UNICEF Montenegro last year.