Talking to Children About COVID-19 - Parent Resources
Concern over this new virus can make children and families anxious. While we don't know where and to what extent the disease may spread here in the United States, we do know that it is contagious, that the severity of illness can vary from individual to individual, and that there are steps we can take to prevent the spread of infection. Acknowledging some level of concern, without panicking, is appropriate and can result in taking actions that reduce the risk of illness. Please review the resources listed below:
How to Protect Your Family
There is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19 Coronavirus. The best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to the virus. Focus on the suggestions below to keep your family healthy and help prevent the spread of the virus:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use hand sanitizer.
- Keep children away from others who are sick, and keep them home when they are ill.
- Teach children to cough and sneeze into a tissue (make sure to throw it away after each use) or to cough and sneeze into the arm or elbow, not the hands.
- Clean and disinfect household objects and surfaces in your home.
- Avoid touching your face; teach your children to do the same.
- Avoid travel to highly infected areas.
If your child has been exposed to the virus, or you are concerned about your child's symptoms, call your pediatrician immediately.
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