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Everyone has questions about coronavirus (COVID-19). You probably have many of your own. Here are answers to some common questions about coronavirus.
At the end of 2019, a new type of coronavirus began making people sick with flu-like symptoms. The illness is called coronavirus disease-19 — COVID-19 for short. The virus spreads easily and has now affected people in many countries.
The coronavirus (COVID-19) causes a fever, cough, and trouble breathing. Some people have a sore throat. Symptoms are a bit like those people have with a cold or the flu. The virus can be more serious in some people, especially if they are sick or have health problems.
People can catch coronavirus from others who have the virus. Most often, 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.
Less often, people can get infected if they touch an infected droplet on a surface and then touch their own nose, mouth, or eyes.
There seem to be far fewer cases of the virus reported in children. Most kids with the infection caught it from someone they lived with or a family member. The virus seems to usually cause a milder infection in children than in adults or older people.
Most people with COVID-19, including children, do not have serious problems. After seeing a doctor, most get better with rest and fluids. People who are very ill get care in a hospital with breathing help, IV fluids, and other treatments.
Doctors and researchers are working on medicines and a vaccine for coronavirus. Antibiotics can’t treat viruses so they won’t help with the coronavirus. Medicines for the flu don’t work either because the coronavirus is different from the flu virus.
Preventing the spread of germs will help protect you from COVID-19. Take these steps:
Many schools and childcare centers are closed during the COVID-19 pandemic. But if you still have children in your care:
For up-to-date, reliable information about coronavirus (COVID-19) and how schools and childcare centers should prepare, check the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and World Health Organization (WHO) websites. If students or families have been traveling or plan to, your school/center should follow recommendations from your local health authority. The CDC’s site also has updated travel information.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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Note: All information is for educational purposes only. For specific medical advice, diagnoses, and treatment, consult your doctor.
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