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COVID-19 Resources

 

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Resources for Educators

 

Talking to Kids about COVID-19

Giving kids accurate, age-appropriate information in a calm and reassuring way can help them cope with uncertainty created by the coronavirus. Click the links below for valuable advice about how to best talk to kids about coronavirus.

 

Preventing the Spread of the COVID-19

Actively working to prevent the spread of disease remains the most important thing we can do at this point. Standard precautions to prevent the spread of infectious diseases such as cold and flu apply to coronavirus. These include:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid hugging and shaking hands.
  • Try to stay at least six feet away from anyone who appears to be sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. If no tissue is available, cough into the crook of your arm.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • Individuals with chronic health issues and/or individuals experiencing severe symptoms should be evaluated by a medical professional. 
  • Get vaccinated for flu every year.

 

Social Distancing

Social distancing involves measures that reduces opportunities for person-to-person virus transmission that can help delay the spread and slow the exponential growth of a pandemic during severe, very severe, or extreme pandemics while minimizing the secondary consequences of the measures. Social distancing measures can be implemented in a range of community settings, including educational facilities, workplaces, and public places where people gather (e.g., parks, religious institutions, theaters, and sports arenas). The choice of social distancing measure depends on the severity of the pandemic. Social distancing measures include the following:

  • Closure of schools or work environments.
  • Lessening the contact between individuals through cancelation of non-academic events. 
  • If schools remain open during a pandemic, divide school classes into smaller groups of students and rearrange desks so students are spaced at least 3 feet from each other in a classroom. This applies to apparently healthy persons without symptoms. In the event of a very severe or extreme pandemic, this recommended minimal distance between people might be increased.
  • Persons in community settings who show symptoms consistent with cold or flu and who might be infected with pandemic illness should be separated from well persons as soon as practical, be sent home, and practice voluntary home isolation. 
  • Modify, postpone, or cancel mass gatherings.
  • A video about social distancing with Dr. Robert Levin from VCPH can be viewed at this link.