|CORONAVIRUS DISEASE 2019 (COVID-19)
| We care about you and your family and strongly encourage you to remain calm. Do not panic! Here are some facts about COVID-19
and how you can protect yourself and others from the disease.
- Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a respiratory illness
that can spread from person to person.
- The virus that causes COVID-19 is a novel coronavirus that was
first identified during an investigation into an outbreak in Wuhan,
- The virus that causes COVID-19 probably emerged from an
animal source, but is now spreading from person to person.
- The virus is thought to spread mainly between people who are
in close contact with one another, within about 6 feet, through
respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs
or sneezes. It also may be possible that a person can get
COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on
it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or eyes, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.
- Patients with COVID-19 have experienced mild to severe respiratory illness with symptoms of fever, a cough, and shortness of
- YOU can help protect yourself and others from COVID-19 with everyday preventive actions.
Coronavirus has us all on edge, but as a parent it’s important I remain calm and NOT panic. Your child looks to you for guidance on
how to react during stressful times, like right now. Here are my tips on talking to kids about coronavirus.
|HOW TO TALK TO KIDS ABOUT COVID-19
BE HONEST AND ACCURATE
Let your child know kids can get coronavirus, but they are less likely
to get seriously ill from the virus. Remind them they can keep from
getting coronavirus by washing their hands often with soap and water
for at least 20 seconds, by avoiding touching their eyes, nose and
mouth, and finally to cover their cough and sneeze with a tissue and
then to throw the tissue in the trash.
LISTEN TO YOUR CHILD
Acknowledge your child’s worries and let them know those concerns
are normal and that everything is going to be okay.
MAINTAIN A NORMAL ROUTINE
School may not be in session, but it’s important to keep things normal
by still getting dressed in the morning, still doing homework, and still
eating lunch at the same time.