A new virus such as the one that causes COVID-19 can create anxiety and be difficult for children and youth to understand, especially if someone near them is sick, or they see or hear troubling messages on the radio, internet or television. It is normal for children to feel worried or nervous and have questions. Reassure children and youth about their personal safety and health. Telling children that it is okay to be concerned is comforting. Reassure them that there are many things they can do to stay healthy:
- Stay home when you are sick. Watch for symptoms.
- Tell staff, parents and caregivers when you are not feeling well.
- Wash your hands especially after coughing, blowing noses or sneezing, and when handling food.
- Do not share food or personal items.
- Cough and sneeze into your arm or tissue. Do not touch your face, particularly your eyes, nose and mouth
- Keep two metres of distance from others and avoid close contact. Think of a bike in between you and others.
- Instead of giving high fives, fist pumps or hugs, smile and wave to say hello.
- Stay healthy by eating healthy foods, keeping physically active, getting enough sleep and fresh air.
- Ask questions. It is ok to talk about your concerns and fears. We are all in this together.
Find out more on the Restoring Safe Schools Plan here.