Coronavirus Tips & Resources


How to talk to kids about COVID-19

For parents—news of COVID-19 (coronavirus) is everywhere. We know it can be challenging to bring up the topic to children in a way that will reassure them without increasing their worries or confusion. It’s important to discuss what’s going on and be a support for your children in these uncertain times.

Here are some tips and resources to help you through the process.

For children—while it’s important to talk openly with children about what’s going on, it’s still important to do so in an age-appropriate way.

Here are some resources that can be used to help teach children about COVID-19 and proper hygiene techniques.

 

Staying connected during social distancing

Social distancing is important for the well-being of ourselves and others. Now more than ever it is important to stay connected to friends and family and reach out through technology when needed. Times of crisis often lead to feelings of stress, fear and anger. Please know that this is normal and there are people who are willing to help.

Here are some tips for physically distancing while staying emotionally and socially connected:

Connect with family—we can still connect with family near and far while practicing social distancing. Yay for technology!

  • Call/Skype/FaceTime with family members

  • Look at photo albums and discuss history

  • Write letters to/create cards for relatives

Connect with friends and neighbors—stay connected with your support systems. There are plenty of alternatives to stay connected while still practicing social distancing.

  • Go outside and greet and talk to neighbors from a safe distance (6 ft)

  • Play an online game together

  • Plan a neighbor activity together. Here’s a fun one: cut out a variety of paper hearts (or any shape) then encourage your neighbors to do the same. Hide the hearts outside on different parts of your house and let the neighborhood kids go around walking or on their bikes and see how many hearts they can spot.

Connect with your kids—Utah’s schools have been shut, and most parents are working from home. This is a great time for you to spend quality time with your children.

  • Craft bedroom decorations or design an art project with your child.

  • Play card and board games

  • Have each kid pick a topic they'd like to learn about and spend 30 mins each day on that topic

  • Do family yoga

  • Get outside; take a walk!

Connect with yourself—times of crisis are stressful for parents. Fear and anxiety can be overwhelming and cause strong emotions. It’s important to take time to care for yourself.

  • Read a book or listen to a podcast.

  • Exercise

  • Do yoga or meditate

  • Do some spring cleaning

If you, or someone you care about, are feeling overwhelmed with emotions like sadness, depression, or anxiety, or feel like you want to self harm or harm others call

Staying connected during social distancing

School cancellation, working from home, no extra-curricular activities or playdates have most likely given you an empty household calendar. This is a great time to do some of the following as a family:

  • Solve a puzzle

  • Watch a movie

  • Play a board game

  • Complete a Lego set

  • Read a novel as a family

  • Make cards for the local senior center

  • Watch home/family videos

  • Take a drive through the mountains

  • Try out Go Noodle!

  • Make your own Slime

 

Help stop the spread of COVID-19

 
  • Wash your hands frequently and thoroughly, with soap and water, for at least 20 seconds

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth

  • Practice social distancing (stay at home, instead of going to the movies, sports events or other activities)

  • Cover your nose and mouth when coughing and sneezing with tissue or flexed elbow

  • Keep children and those with compromised immune systems away from someone who is coughing or sneezing (in this instance, at least 6 feet)

 

Steps to Prevent Illness, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

It’s important to know the facts about COVID-19

There is a lot of misleading and false information online and in the media regarding coronavirus (COVID-19).
Educate yourself by following these links:

CDC.GOV
WHO.INT
Coronvavirus.Utah

It’s important to know the facts about COVID-19

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