COVID-19: Resources for Parents
Updated: Apr 13
Given the emergence of this new strain of the Coronavirus, I have encountered many parents asking about how best to answer their children's questions about the outbreak. I have compiled a few really well done resources here:
Coronavirus (COVID-19) for Parents
The coronavirus (COVID-19) is making people sick with flu-like symptoms. Read this article to learn how to protect your child. Call your doctor if a child has a fever, cough, and breathing trouble after contact with people who might be infected.
Coronavirus (COVID-19): Your Questions Answered for Parents
Experts are still learning about the coronavirus (COVID-19), so we don't have a lot of information about it yet. Here are answers to some questions you may have.
Preparing for coronavirus means being ready to stay home for a week or two, if needed. Here's how to prepare.
There's still much to learn about COVID-19. Still, parents wonder what to do if their child gets sick. Here's what doctors say to do if your child has coronavirus symptoms.
Coronavirus: What Kids Can Do for Kids
Compared with adults, not many kids have become sick with the COVID-19 coronavirus. In this article for kids, a doctor answers some questions kids have about COVID-19 and offers tips on what to do.
If you keep checking your phone for coronavirus updates, chances are your kids have noticed. Here's how to answer kids' questions about coronavirus.
Here's another article from the New York Times to learn more about how to talk to your child about the virus: https://parenting.nytimes.com/childrens-health/coronavirus-kids-talk
For parents wondering about how to work with their child with special needs, this article has a good deal of insightful recommendations on how to best support your child during the pandemic: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/31/parenting/kids-special-needs-coronavirus.html
Finally, please also try your best to address any issues of implicit or discriminatory bias / hate that your child may experience or enact. This disease is an act of nature that cannot be blamed on any one group of people, so this would be a good time to reinforce lessons of self compassion and respect for others.