COVID-19 is a viral respiratory infection that can cause fever, cough, muscle aches, and difficult breathing. Currently-available scientific data and anecdotal reports indicate that children are protected from severe illness caused by the novel coronavirus.
Most children will have symptoms similar to those that occur with the common cold and some may show no symptoms at all. Mild symptoms in children and can be treated like symptoms of the common cold – for example Tylenol or ibuprofen as needed for fever or pain. Make sure to drink plenty of fluids to prevent dehydration.
Like many other viruses, COVID-19 is believed to be spread person-to-person by coughing or sneezing. The best way to prevent infection with COVID-19, flu, and other viruses that cause the common cold is to wash your hands frequently with soap and water or by using alcohol-based hand sanitizer. Please also cover your mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, stay home when you are sick, and avoid contact with others who are sick.
Protect Yourself and Others
We can all do our part to help protect those in our community, particularly those who are elderly or have chronic health conditions. Children can help too! Talk to your children about washing their hands, properly and often, and teach them to “cover their coughs.” It is also recommended that persons with cold symptoms stay home, so as not to spread illness at school or at work.
Talking About COVID-19
Children are not immune to the anxiety that can come widespread news coverage of this disease. Here is more information about how to talk to your child about COVID-19.