5-year-old Alaska girl is serious about keeping people safe

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This undated photo provided by Rebecca Knight in April 2020 shows her daughter, Nova, at their home in Fairbanks, Alaska. The 5-year-old Alaska girl is producing videos teaching other children how to be safe during the coronavirus pandemic, including encouraging them to skip their play dates, stay home, wash their hands and telling them to cough into their elbow to prevent the spread of germs. (Rebecca Knight via AP)

ANCHORAGE, Alaska – Nova Knight is 5, and very serious about keeping others safe during the coronavirus outbreak.

She said so in a video, the Fairbanks, Alaska, resident made that’s been viewed more than 18,000 times and drawn the praise of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

“I’m sorry if you can’t go to your play dates,” Nova said in the March 26 video. “Don’t go anywhere. And wash your hands. I’m serious.”

Nova lives with her parents, Robby and Rebecca Knight and her 2-year-old brother, Colton. She has more advice about washing hands in the 40-second clip, including encouraging repeated viewings of the video as a reminder of what to do stay safe from the virus.

“I’m really, really serious, so you should do this video every single day.”

Nova told her mom that she wanted to make the video after her aunt, Jennifer Trevors in Halifax, Nova Scotia, sent her a video of Trudeau thanking children in Canada for not going on their play dates and for doing their part in stopping the spread of the virus.

Nova said she intended to watch that video every day, so she knew what to do.