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COVID-19: Is Coronavirus Dangerous to Children?

Dr. Amit Modi    09-04-2020 Consult

There seem to be far fewer cases of the virus reported in children. Most kids with the infection caught it from someone they lived with or a family member. The virus seems to cause a milder infection in children than in adults or older people.

How Is Coronavirus (COVID-19) Treated?

Most people with COVID-19, including children, do not have serious problems. After seeing a doctor, most get better with rest and fluids. People who are very ill get care in a hospital with breathing help, IV fluids, and other treatments.

Currently, there's no specific medicine or vaccine for coronavirus. Antibiotics can't treat viruses so they won't help with the coronavirus. Medicines for the flu don't work either because the coronavirus is different from the flu virus.

Doctors and scientists are working to create a treatment and vaccine for coronavirus, but this will take time.

What Teachers and Childcare Providers Can Do

Preventing the spread of germs will help protect you and the children in your school/center. Take these steps and teach kids and their families to do the same:

- Wash your hands well and often. Wash for at least 20 seconds with soap and water or use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. 
- Try not to touch your eyes, nose, and mouth, especially if you haven't washed your hands.
- Regularly clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that the children touch a lot as required by licensing regulations. Currently, no added steps beyond routine cleaning are needed.
- Avoid contact with people who are sick. If a child becomes sick while in your care, keep them separate from the other children while they wait to be picked up. Encourage all families and teachers/childcare providers to stay home if they get sick.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue if you sneeze or cough, then throw it out. If you don't have a tissue, sneeze or cough into your elbow, not your hands. Make sure that kids have access to tissues and no-touch trashcans.
- You do not need to wear a face mask. Experts say they're not needed to stay healthy. They are needed by sick patients and the health workers caring for them.
 

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