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Health Information For Parents
Coronavirus (COVID-19) is spreading through communities in many countries now. The best way to fight this spread is for everyone to practice social distancing and stay home.
Social distancing puts space between people. When people who are infected with the virus stay away from others, they can’t pass it to anyone else. This way, fewer people get sick at the same time. Then, doctors and hospitals are better able to keep up with treating those who need care.
Social distancing means:
During this health crisis, it’s best to take a “better safe than sorry” approach. This means:
Kids don’t seem to get as sick from coronavirus as adults. But infected kids can still spread the virus to people who could become seriously ill. Closing schools protects everyone in a community.
It might feel like ordinary life is at a standstill. Movie theaters and restaurants are closed; group events and sports activities have been called off. These temporary but necessary measures will help communities with their social distancing.
But that doesn’t mean we need to feel isolated or lonely. With a bit of creativity, you can help your kids stay connected with friends and extended family members by setting up video visits or playdates.
Some neighborhoods have created scavenger hunts or homemade bingo games to keep a feeling of togetherness. Kids can walk or ride with their parents in search of “treasures” or stuffed animals in windows. These give kids fun things to do outside while still keeping physical distance from neighbors.
You also can plan family activities. Taking a walk or a hike or riding bikes are great ways to get out and get active without having physical contact. Try to find quiet streets or less well-known paths for these outings. It’s best not to go to parks where other people might gather, especially those with things that lots of kids use, like jungle gyms.
The official phrase is “social distancing,” but it can help to think of it as “physical distancing” instead. We can still be social, just in different ways. Take advantage of social media and video apps to support each other, laugh together, and take care of each other until the virus is under control.
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.
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.
We’re learning more about coronavirus (COVID-19) every day. Here are answers to some questions you may have about symptoms, care, and protecting your family.
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.
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.
Everyone has questions about coronavirus (COVID-19). You probably have many of your own. You might have students or their parents asking you what to do. Here are answers to some common questions about coronavirus.
People are wearing masks to help slow the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). Some toddlers and young children may feel uneasy about masks. Here’s how to reassure your child.
You might think face masks are mostly for the operating room. But during the coronavirus outbreak, you might see more people wearing them. Here’s why.
Note: All information is for educational purposes only. For specific medical advice, diagnoses, and treatment, consult your doctor.
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