Posted Friday, March 20th, 2020
We Need Our Kids to Understand and Help, Too
It is important to help our kids make sense of what they hear about this situation in a way that is honest, accurate, and minimizes anxiety or fear.
The Morris County Office of Health Management has created a basic Q&A for our younger residents, and one that also may guide adults in having conversations with children about COVID-19 and ways they can avoid getting and spreading the disease.
“We need the help of the younger residents of Morris County to help their families and our county right now. So, I ask our kids to read these questions and answers, and ask your parents if you need to know more,” said Morris County Freeholder Director Deborah Smith.
COVID-19 Question & Answer for Children
Q: What is the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)?
A: A highly contagious respiratory disease. It was discovered in China in December 2019 and has since spread around the world.
Q: How is this virus spread?
A: From person-to-person
Q: What is my risk, as a child, to become infected with (COVID-19)?
A: Children do not appear to be at higher risk for COVID-19 than adults. While some children and infants have been sick with COVID-19, adults make up most of the known cases to date.
Q: How can I protect myself from (COVID-19)?
Q: What do I need to know about handwashing?
A: Please watch this very informative video the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) created.
Q: Should I wear a mask?
A: No, not if you are currently healthy.
Q: How can I cope/ deal with (COVID-19)?
Q: How can I keep busy now that my school has closed and I am at home?
Also, from the CDC:
Teach children everyday actions to reduce the spread of germs.