Listed are facts and recommended methods during the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic to keep children from contracting the disease.
Take Steps to Protect children and others from getting sick.
- Clean hands often – with soap and alcohol-based sanitizer
- Avoid people who are sick – coughing and sneezing
- Clean and disinfect – wipe surfaces daily
- Laundry items – toys and laundry
Limit time with other children
- Practice positive social distancing
- Clean hands often
- Make changes in spring breaks and travel plans
Limit times with older adults and people with severe underlying medical conditions.
- Separate child from high risk for severe illnesses from COVID-19
- Limit your children with other people
- Postpone visits and trips to others including friends
Children 2 years and older should wear a cloth mask.
- Cover nose and mouth
- Prevent spreading to others
Keep Children Healthy
- Watch for signs of stress in your child
- Talk with child about COVID-19 share facts
- Help child cope with emergencies
- Teach and reinforce everyday preventive actions
- Everyday preventive actions
- Help child stay active
- Encourage child to play outdoors
- Play indoor activities – like exercising and dancing
Help Children continue learning
- Stay in touch with child’s school
- See if online teaching available
- Communicate challenges to your school
- Create a flexible schedule for learning at home
- Have consistent bedtime
- Structure the day for learning, free time, healthy meals, snacks, and activities
- Consider the needs and adjustments require for your child’s age group
Look for ways to make learning fun
- Hands on activities
- Independent play
- Proactive handwriting
- Start a journal
- Use kindle or audio book
Children may have mild symptoms
- Some children have been known to be sick, they do not appear to be at a higher risk that adults
- Symptoms are similar in children and adults
- Symptoms include cold like symptoms, runny nose, cough, vomiting, and diarrhea are all reported.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Coronavirus 2019.