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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks at a press conference about COVID-19 in front of his residence at Rideau Cottage on the grounds of Rideau Hall in Ottawa, on Sunday, March 22, 2020. He also took a moment to speak directly to Canadian children during the briefing.Justin Tang/The Canadian Press

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau took a moment to speak directly to Canadian children during his press briefing on Sunday. Here is what he said:

To all the kids out there: All of a sudden, you heard you can’t go on play dates or have sleepovers, your playgrounds and schools have closed and your March break was certainly different than what you’ve hoped for.

I get it from my kids as well.

They watch a whole lot more movies, but they miss their friends, and at the same time, they are worried about what’s going on out there in the world and what their future may hold.

I know this is a big change, but we have to do this not just for ourselves, but for our grandparents, our nurses, our doctors and everyone working at our hospitals and you kids are helping a lot.

The doctors and scientists have been clear that social distancing – which means staying at least two metres apart and staying home at much as possible – is the best way to help each other, and you have been washing your hands a lot.

So a special thanks to all you kids. Thank you for helping your parents work from home, for sacrificing your usual day, for doing math class around the kitchen table, and for trusting in science. We are going to have more to say to you soon, so stay tuned.

In the meantime, let’s make sure we all do our part. Let’s fight this together.

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Editor’s note: An earlier version of this article said Mr. Trudeau thanked children for "trusting insights," when in fact he said "trusting in science."