Greetings,

COVID19 has resulted in a ‘shift’ in our way of being within our own families, our nation as well as the world we live in.   Amid these perilous times, parents may be wondering how and what information to share with their children/teens regarding COVID19 in a way that they can understand,  as well as providing reassurance, to reduce fear. Children may be asking parents a variety of questions such as: Will I get Corona Virus?  Why can’t we go visit family?   What will happen if I get sick or my parents get sick?  Included a brief question and answer regarding COVID19. Check out additional links for resources for kids on COVID19. Attached is a story for kids explaining COVID-19.

 

Q & A:

Question 1. What is the Coronavirus?
Answer: The Coronavirus (COVID19) is a virus that infects the lungs that can be spread from one person to another. The Coronavirus can cause a person to have difficulty breathing, fever and a cough. Most people recover from Coronavirus however those who have other medical conditions may be more likely to get COVID19 or have more difficulty getting better from the virus. It can pass from one person to another through coughing and sneezing or touching objects that have the virus on them.

 

Question 2. What is Social Distancing?
Answer: Social distancing is when you stand at least 6 feet away from another person in order to prevent the spread of infection/disease. Use the term social distancing to explain to your child as a means of protecting one another as well as reasons for not visiting their elder loved ones who may be at higher risk for COVID19.

 

Question 3. How do people protect themselves from getting the Coronavirus?
Answer: Handwashing for at least 20 seconds with soap and water, avoiding contact with a person who may potentially be sick/infected with the Coronavirus. Also avoid touching your face (particularly the eyes, nose and mouth) with unwashed hands. Parents modeling this for your child while singing their favorite song may be a way to join in with your child and teach them how to do their part in helping themselves and others stay healthy.

 

Question: What if I feel scared or afraid of the Coronavirus?
Answer: You can talk to your parents/grownups about your feelings. It is ok to feel scared/afraid, sad, or even angry as a result of the changes that have happened.
Blessings of health, peace, love and joy!
 
Submitted by: J’Nae Broadnax, MA, LCMHC
 

Additional Helpful Website:

What You Should Know About Covid19

Children and COVID-19  <- Click link for an interactive printable for kids