The new coronavirus (COVID-19) is a topic that has overtaken news stations and other social media networks. It is in our daily conversations with coworkers, friends, and family and because it is being talked about on a daily basis, more than likely your child will hear about it and may have questions. Take this opportunity to reassure them by familiarizing them on what the new coronavirus is, what the symptoms are, and what preventative strategies your family should do. Not sure how to start the conversation or what information will be appropriate to share with your child? Check out this awesome coronavirus comic from NPR to help families communicate to their kids about the virus!
Also, here are a few key things to remember:
- Most people who have gotten sick with COVID-19 have had mild symptoms
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds (Side note – check out these fun hand washing videos to encourage younger kids to wash their hangs!)
For more information on how to protect yourself and your family from COVID-19, visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/protect/index.html. If you or your child has develop a fever and showing signs of respiratory illnesses such as cough or have difficulty breathing, please contact your healthcare provider.
Featured image from NPR’s Morning Edition – Just for Kids: A Comic Exploring the New Coronavirus