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Many parents are asking, "What are the best ways to protect my child from the virus?" Here are the most powerful steps you can take to protect yourself and your family.
Social distancing means putting space—6 feet (2 meters)—between you and other people. And avoid contact with others as much as you can. This may be tough with kids, but it's so important to help prevent the spread of the virus.
Have older children wear a cloth face cover if they are sick or if they have to go with you to public places like the grocery store or pharmacy. Children under 2 years of age should not wear a face cover.
This may be an upsetting time for children. They may wonder why people are staying home and why they can't go to school or play with friends. You can help them understand what's going on and help them feel safe. Here are some tips for how to talk to children about the COVID-19 outbreak.
Keep the information simple and reassuring. Gear the information to your child's age. Here are some basics you could share:
Everyone can help prevent the spread of germs. These are great habits to have all the time. And taking action can help kids feel more in control. Teach your child these things:
As they adjust to these changes, kids may need more love and attention.
Current as of:
June 18, 2020
Author: Healthwise StaffMedical Review: Heather Quinn MD - Family MedicineLesley Ryan MD - Family Medicine
Current as of: June 18, 2020
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Heather Quinn MD - Family Medicine & Lesley Ryan MD - Family Medicine
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