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COVID-19 and Teens

  • COVID-19 is the illness caused by a new coronavirus. It can infect both children and adults.
  • It is spread when an infected person coughs or sneezes and sends droplets with the virus into the air. The droplets can then land onto a person’s face or surfaces such as tables, food, or hands.
  • People can become infected when droplets with the virus enter the body through their eyes, nose, mouth, or lungs.
  • People with COVID-19 might have a fever, cough, trouble breathing, fatigue, muscle aches, headache, new loss of taste of smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, and diarrhea. Some people say they feel sick and some people have no symptoms.
  • Children and teenagers usually have fewer symptoms compared to adults. Many people also carry the virus without knowing it because they don’t have any symptoms.

What do I need to know?

  • Even if you do not feel sick, you could still have COVID-19 and spread it to others.
  • It’s up to each person to do their part in order to keep family, friends, and neighbors safe and healthy.
  • We now have vaccines to help us keep people from getting very sick with COVID-19. Some older teenagers may get the COVID-19 vaccine soon. Studies are being done now. Young children may be able to get the vaccine before the next school year.
  • Even if people around you have had the COVID-19 vaccine, it is still important to do your part to stop the spread by…
    • Wearing a mask when going out in public or when you are around people who do not live in your house. This is especially important if you cannot be six feet away from them.

    • Keeping “social distance” from others. It can be hard to stay away from friends and not get together. This can be one of the best ways to help lower your chance to catch or spread the virus. This can mean you are not participating in the same activities or sports as before the pandemic. If you do get together with other kids, it is better to see each other outside than inside. Also, be sure to wear a mask and try to keep your distance - 6 feet apart is best. 

    • Washing your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If you do not have soap and water, you may also use a hand sanitizer. The hand sanitizer needs to have at least 60% alcohol-base (you can check this number on the back label). Wash your hands after using the bathroom, sneezing, coughing, blowing your nose, coming inside from outdoors, and before eating (even snacks).

    • Coughing or sneezing into the bend of your elbow. Put your used tissue in the trash and wash your hands right away.

    • Not touching your eyes, nose or mouth, especially with unwashed hands.

    • Following your school’s advice for staying safe if you are going to in-person classes. 

    • Having healthy habits. COVID-19 can cause people to have trouble breathing. Keep your lungs healthy by not smoking and not vaping.

    • Talking to your parents if you start to feel sick, have a fever, or trouble breathing.COVID-19 can cause people to have trouble breathing. Keep your lungs healthy by not smoking and not vaping.

Taking Care of Yourself

  • Changes in our lives because of COVID-19 can make us feel alone or cut off from our family and friends.
  • Help yourself by sticking to a schedule. Set times to wake up, get ready for your day, exercise, do your schoolwork, eat meals, and get 8-10 hours of sleep each night.
  • Make time for yourself. Do something creative like writing in a journal, listening to music, or making art.
  • Set up virtual hang outs with your friends and families. Don’t forget about older family members who may also feel alone.
  • Other ideas include:
    • Go for a walk or run outside if you can. You can go by yourself or with the people you live with. Remember to stay 6 feet away from anyone when outside.
    • Get an online library card and check out books. Read the latest hit or research something that you’re interested in.
    • Schedule a virtual movie watching party with your family and friends.
    • Create a project or activity for the whole family, like a game night.
    • Use your time to help clean around the house, including your bedroom.
  • If you have questions, be sure to ask them! Talk to your family about how you’re feeling. If you are feeling sad or down, your parents and your doctor can help.
  • For more on COVID-19 and your mental health, you can visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
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