The coronavirus has all of us talking — but are you talking with your children about it? The chatter is widespread enough now that, chances are, your children have heard something about the virus, and they might be worried. Bringing it up with them can give them a chance to share their worries and you a chance to reassure them and let them know that you are their best source of good information.
Here are a few resources to support you in talking with young children about the coronavirus:
- A comic strip exploring the coronavirus
- A guide for parents to keeping children both safe and reassured
- An online interactive game that children can play to learn more about how germs spread and how to wash your hands
- A 30-second hand washing video with a live demonstration by a young child
Here is a message from NCDHHS for parents who want to learn more:
Information from NCDHHS on COVID-19:
Governor Roy Cooper announced on Tuesday a presumptive positive case of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The announcement represents an isolated case, and COVID-19 is currently not widespread in North Carolina.
All North Carolinians are encouraged to visit www.ncdhhs.gov/coronavirus for reliable, up-to-date information.
Included on this page is helpful information for:
- Individuals, families and communities
- Businesses and employers
- Health care professionals
- Colleges, schools and child care providers
- Long-term care facilities
There is also information about what we all can do to combat fear and anxiety about COVID-19:
- All North Carolinians can better prepare for COVID-19 by getting the latest information directly from reliable sources. Be thoughtful about what you read or hear about the virus and make sure you are separating rumor from fact before you share it.
- The latest information from NCDHHS can be found here, and please also share the posts from our Facebook and Twitter accounts.
Printable materials in several languages are available here.