Coronavirus myths: what you should know about kids and young people

There are many myths online. Here is some information to help you and your family learn more about coronavirus (COVID-19).

Can kids get the coronavirus (COVID-19)?
Unfortunately, children can get this disease. The good news is that children are far less likely than older people to get the disease. Even better is that children who do contract the disease are far more likely to have a less severe case. While we know that over 80% of adults who get the disease will have a mild case, about 97% of cases in children will be mild. That said, it is just as important for children as it is for adults to frequently wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, stay away from people who are ill, and practice social distancing.

I am young and healthy, so can I still socialize?
Younger people are at less risk for getting extremely ill from coronavirus (COVID-19). However, younger people can still transmit it to others. Everyone needs to practice social distancing to prevent the spread and lessen the impact on individuals and the healthcare system. Social distancing is maintaining enough distance (approximately 6 feet) from person to person to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Avoid mass gatherings and social gatherings of greater than 10 people
  • Avoid handshakes

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What can I do to protect myself?

  • Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Avoid social gatherings of greater than 10 people and practice social distancing

What should I do if I think I may have symptoms or have been exposed to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19)?

  • Contact your physician: If you have a fever, cough or shortness of breath, please call your personal physician. Also, anyone who thinks they may have had contact with someone who is being tested for, or is confirmed to have COVID-19, should call their doctor’s office.
  • Medical emergency: If you are experiencing a life-threatening medical emergency or if you are experiencing severe symptoms requiring immediate attention, go to the ER or dial 911.