With home schooling and social distancing in full effect, kids are left wondering what exactly coronavirus is and when they will be able to go back to school. Last night Kristen Bell hosted a special Nickelodeon Town Hall. The hour-long special answered young people’s questions about the coronavirus pandemic. 

Bell virtually connected with medical experts to offer tips on social distancing, ways to keep safe and healthy, and fun activities to enjoy at home. 

Celebrity guests joined Bell through video conferencing including Josh Gad, Ellen DeGeneres, Alicia Keys, Ciara and Russell Wilson. Keys performed her song “Underdog” during the broadcast. “Music is so powerful. It brings us together,” she shared. Sometimes challenges do the same thing. They show us who we are, what we’re made of. And there’s nothing we can’t get through when we do it together. So, I want to dedicate this song to us, for defying the odds.”

At the end of the broadcast, Bell acknowledged the uncertainty some may be feeling. “This is weird,” she said. “We’ve never experienced anything like this, not in your lifetime, not in mine, not even in my mom’s. Yes, the world has hit a reset button, but resetting isn’t all bad. We’re being forced to look at the world and our friends and our family with more love and more gratitude. I think I needed a little reset on that. I think maybe we all did.”

If you missed the special, you can watch it on YouTube or Instagram.

—Jennifer Swartvagher

Featured photo: Nickelodeon via YouTube

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