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Health Information For Parents
Experts are still learning about the coronavirus (COVID-19). With new information coming out every day, it can feel overwhelming at times. Here are answers to some questions you may have.
People can catch coronavirus from others who have the virus. This happens when an infected person sneezes or coughs, sending tiny droplets into the air. These can land in the nose, mouth, or eyes of someone nearby, or be breathed in.
People also can get infected if they touch an infected droplet on a surface and then touch their own nose, mouth, or eyes.
Experts are looking at whether the virus can spread through stool (poop).
The virus spreads most easily when an infected person has symptoms. But the virus can also spread before symptoms start. It can take 2–14 days after someone is exposed to the virus for symptoms to show up.
Experts are still learning about coronavirus, but it seems to usually cause a milder illness in children than in adults or older people. But there have been cases of kids developing more serious symptoms, sometimes several weeks after being infected with the virus.
Most people who have died from coronavirus were older adults or people with health problems such as heart disease, lung disease, or diabetes.
The risk of getting infected from mail or a package is very low. But it’s a good idea to:
Some animals have tested positive for coronavirus. People who are sick shouldn’t have contact with their pets. If someone must care for a pet while sick, they should wash their hands before and after contact and wear a face mask. If your pet is sick, call your vet for advice on what to do.
If you need to go out, cloth face coverings (or a face mask, if you have one) on adults and kids over 2 years old can help slow the spread of the virus:
The symptoms of coronavirus (fever, cough, sore throat, and trouble breathing) can look a lot like illnesses from other viruses. If a family member has trouble breathing, go to the emergency room or call an ambulance right away.
Call your doctor if someone in your family has a fever, cough, sore throat, belly pain, vomiting, diarrhea, rash, dizziness, or just doesn’t feel well. If this person has been near someone with coronavirus or lived in or traveled to an area where lots of people have coronavirus, tell the doctor. The doctor can decide whether your family member:
To test someone for coronavirus, doctors send a mucus sample from the nose and back of the throat to a lab. If the person coughs up mucus, doctors might send that for testing too.
To help protect yourself and your family from the coronavirus (COVID-19):
Doctors and researchers are working on medicines and a vaccine for coronavirus. Most people with the illness, including children, get better with rest and fluids. People who are very ill get care in a hospital with breathing help, IV fluids, and other treatments.
Recommendations for travel are changing every day. Check the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website for the latest updates.
Experts aren’t sure what will happen. Some things that may influence what happens with coronavirus include:
Check the CDC and World Health Organization (WHO) websites for up-to-date, reliable information about coronavirus.
The coronavirus (COVID-19) is making people sick with flu-like symptoms. Read this article to learn how to protect your family, and to know when to call your doctor.
Your kids are hearing about coronavirus (COVID-19). To make sure they get reliable information, here’s how to talk about it.
Preparing for coronavirus means being ready to stay home. Here’s how to do that.
Many people – kids and adults – are worried about coronavirus (COVID-19). But anxiety about it doesn’t have to get the upper hand. Here’s how to calm fears and focus on good things.
Anyone who is sick â even if they don’t know for sure they have coronavirus (COVID-19) â should stay home unless they need medical care. This helps prevent the illness from spreading to others.
There’s still much to learn about COVID-19. Still, parents wonder what to do if their child gets sick during the pandemic. Here’s what doctors say to do if your child has coronavirus symptoms.
Now that coronavirus (COVID-19) is spreading through communities in many countries, the best way to fight this spread is for everyone to practice social distancing. Here’s what that means.
Looking for information about coronavirus (COVID-19)? Find articles and videos that explain what this virus is, how to prepare for it, how to talk to kids about it, and much more.
Washing your hands well and often is the best way to keep from getting sick. Here’s how to teach this all-important habit to your kids.
Here are the 4 best ways everyone (including kids) can help stop coronavirus.
Did you know that the most important thing you can do to keep from getting sick is to wash your hands? If you don’t wash your hands frequently, you can pick up germs from other sources and then infect yourself.
Washing your hands is the best way to stop germs from spreading. Learn all about the best way to wash your hands in this article for kids.
Germs are tiny organisms that can cause disease – and they’re so small that they can creep into your system without you noticing. Find out how to protect yourself.
You know they can hurt you, but what are these invisible creatures? Find out in this article for kids.
We’re learning more every day about coronavirus (COVID-19). Here are some answers to questions about coronavirus and pregnancy.
Mothers with coronavirus (COVID-19) can still breastfeed their babies or give expressed breast milk. Here’s what else the experts say.
Germs are the microscopic bacteria, viruses, fungi, and protozoa that can cause disease.
Bacteria, viruses, fungi, and protozoa can cause disease. Here’s how to help protect your family from germs.
Note: All information is for educational purposes only. For specific medical advice, diagnoses, and treatment, consult your doctor.
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