COVID-19 Peds- Things Kids Should Know about COVID-19
Things to Know about COVID-19
- Coronavirus is a new germ that is making some people sick with something called COVID-19.
- COVID-19 germs can spread from one person to another if someone who is sick coughs or sneezes. A cough or sneeze sends tiny germs in to the air that we can’t see with our eyes that land on things that people touch.
- People who get sick may have a cough, fever, sore throat, headache, runny nose, vomiting, or diarrhea. They may feel like they are having a hard time breathing, feel very tired, or not be able to taste or smell things. They may feel like they have the flu or a really bad cold.
- Some people may get sick and need to stay in the hospital to get better. Other people can stay home and get better there.
- We now have vaccines to help us keep people from getting very sick with COVID-19. Only some teenagers and adults can get the vaccine right now. Young children may be able to get the vaccine before the next school year.
- Since COVID-19 is new, doctors and scientists are still learning about the best ways to help people who have it. It’s good to ask any questions you have.
What can You Do?
- Wear a mask. Masks are safe, not scary. You may be expected to wear a mask in school, when you go to the store or other places if you are near people. Masks help keep other people safe and help you not to spread the virus germs to other people if you are sick. Masks also help keep you healthy by helping us not breathe in germs from other people. There are lots of different colors and patterns for masks now. Find the masks that you like.
- Wash your hands with soapy water. Sing the ABCs or count to 20 while washing. This is how long it should take you. Washing your hands helps you and your family to stay healthy. It stops germs from spreading to other people. Wash your hands for 20 seconds each time:
- After using the bathroom
- After sneezing, coughing or blowing your nose
- Before eating (even snacks)
- After coming inside from playing
- Any time you touch your face
- Stay at home with your family. COVID-19 germs can easily spread from one person to another. It is important to practice “social distancing.” This means staying home away from crowded places and activities with a lot of people standing or sitting close to each other. Each person should do his or her best to stay 6 feet away from others so we can stop the spread of COVID-19 germs. You can still talk to friends over the phone or by video chat with your family’s help. It is okay for kids to be close to the family they live with unless a family member is sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze. Germs can travel through coughs and sneezes. You should always cover your nose and mouth with your elbow or a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Wash your hands with soapy water for 20 seconds after coughing or sneezing. Put your used tissue in the trash right away.
- Keep hands off faces. Try not to touch your face as much as you can. This helps to stop germs from spreading. Wash your hands with soapy water for 20 seconds if you do touch your face.
- Make the most of school. School may look different this year. Some kids are taking class on the computer and some are going back to the classroom. Some may do both. Whatever you are doing this year, it may be harder to attend than before. Be sure to reach out to your teachers and other school staff for help.
- Be a helper. Everyone is spending more time at home because of COVID-19. Your family might be busy or feel tired. Ask an adult how you can help them, like setting the table or cleaning up your toys when you are done playing.
Always remember, it’s OK to ask questions. Don’t be afraid to ask questions or share how you feel. Adults are still learning about COVID-19 germs too and can help teach you what they know. Talking about your feelings can help you feel better.