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COVID-19 Peds- Things Teenagers Should Know about COVID-19

  • 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.
  • This is why it’s very important to do your part to stop the spread of the infection.
  • Do your part by…
    • 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).
    • Staying home. It can be hard to stay away from friends, but it’s very important to “social distance.” This may mean no sports or activities in groups. Video chat your friends instead of visiting their house. And if you do go outside, be sure to stay 6 feet away from other people.
    • Coughing or sneezing in to 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.
    • Wearing a mask when going out in public or when you are around people you don’t live with, especially if you cannot be six feet away from them.
  • COVID-19 can cause people to have trouble breathing. Keep your lungs healthy by not smoking and not vaping.
  • Talk to your parents if you start to feel sick, have a fever, or trouble breathing.

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 the people you live with. Remember to stay 6 feet 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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