How to protect yourself and others (CDC):
- Click here to check recommendation on how to protect ourselves and others from COVID-19 from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
To prevent the spread of disease, it is imperative that we properly cover our coughs and sneezes. This information page explains the importance of covering coughs and sneezes. This is done by coughing or sneezing into the crook of the elbow:
- For young children, please refer to this Sesame Street video
- For older children, please refer to this Mythbusters video
- The importance of proper and frequent handwashing cannot be over-emphasized. As this information page explains, antibacterial soap is unnecessary, and may even lead to antibiotic-resistant germs - what are commonly referred to as “superbugs.”
- The most important element in proper handwashing is time. A minimum of 20 seconds, or the amount of time needed to sing the entire alphabet song, is needed to wash the germs and microbes off the skin.
Germs may be spread through the air or through physical contact. It is especially important to refrain from touching one’s face. The easiest way for a germ to infect a new host is through the eyes, nose, or mouth.
- Please refer to this ABC video to see how germs spread
How to talk to children about COVID-19:
Kids react differently to stress than adults do: They might express themselves through conversation, but they may also draw, play or show their emotions by changing their behaviors or habits. Follow the child’s lead: be a good listener, don’t add pressure, stick to the facts, reassure children, and keep regular routines.
- Please refer to this page for more information.