Dr. Rachel J. Thornton, M.D., Ph.D.
From the TV to the dinner table, you’re probably hearing a lot of conversation about something called coronavirus, or COVID-19. Like most kids, you’re probably home from scholl right noew because of if. But what do these strange- sounding words mean?
Coronaviurs is a new germ around us that is making some people scik with an illness called COVID-19. People who get sick may have a cough, a fever, a sore throat or feel like they are having a hard time breathing.
Doctros and scientists are still learing about coronavirus and COVID-19. “Even through lots of things are changing every day, we can each do our part to help keep everyone healthy,” says Paige Seegan, Ph.D., and Rachel Thornton, M.D., Ph.D., who are experts in working with children and how they feel.
Here are five big things you should know:
1.Wash your hands.
Keeping your hands clean helps you and your family avoid getting sick and spreadign germs to other people. Scrub with soapy water really well for twenty seconds—that’s one verse of “Mary Had a Little Lamb,” or a whole run-through of the alphabet song.
Dr. Thornton suggests singing the “Wash Your Hands” song, to the tune of” Row, Row, Row Your Boat”:
- Whas, wash, wash your hands,
- Wash them nice and clean.
- Scrub them here,
- Scrub them there,
- And scrub them in between!
- Wash, Wash, wash, your hands,
- Play our handy game.
- Rub and scrub, scrub and rub,
- Germs go down the drain. HEY!
2. No in-person playdates — for now.
The coronavirus can spread from one person to another, like when we share toys or hold a friend’s hand. Right now, it’s safer not to have play dates with friends. You my be home from school for a while, too.
Although you can’t visit your friends, you can still see each other in other ways: with your parents’ permission, you can talk on the phone or over video chat. You can also stay in touch as pen pals by writing letters or postcards.
3.Masks are safe, not scary.
If you’re going out in public, like to the grocery store, you may see lots of people wearing masks over their faces. Don’t be scared: People are doing this as another way to help keep each othe safe. The masks help protect the person wearing them from breathing in germs or, if they are sick, from spreading the germs to others.
“Ask a parent r older sibling about making a cloth mask you can wear for added protection, ” suggests Dr. Thornton. “Making a few to donate to others can also be a fun activity to do at home, too.”
4. Cover you cough or sneeze.
Coronaviurs germs can travel through coughs and sneezes. That’s why it’s important to cover your nose and mouth with you elbow or a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Wash you hands afterwards, and, if you use a tissue, make sure to throw it away.
5. Be a good helper.
Because you parents may be working from home now, they may be busy, tird or stressed-out. Give them a hand by helping with chores, like setting the table or cleaning up your toys when you are done playing with them.
Remember, it’s OK to ask questions.
Things may seem confusing or different for a while, so don’t be afraid to ask questions or share your feelings. “In fact, talking about your feelings with your family can actually help you feel better and less stressed,” says Dr. Seegan.
“You cannot control everything, but you can control what you do, ” reassures Dr. Seegan. “If we all work together as a team, we can help keep oursevlves, friends and family healthy.”
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