Can children or adolescents contract the coronavirus?
Can children or adolescents contract the coronavirus? According to several questions received by the World Health Organization and several other researches, we can confirm these answers to the famous question “Are children also affected by the coronavirus?”
Research shows that children and adolescents have the same chance of getting the infection as it is in other age groups, and that children and adolescents can spread the disease.
The data available to date suggests that children and young adults are less likely to be severely affected, but severe cases can still occur in these age groups.
Children and adults should follow the same advice on self-quarantine and self-isolation in the event of exposure or symptoms. It is particularly important that children avoid contact with the elderly and others who are at risk of serious illness.
How to educate children about Covid-19?
We want to help children have fun and learn about how to prevent the spread of the virus. Here is some advices from Unicef on how to talk to children about the pandemic.
1. Ask open-ended questions and listen
- Start by inviting your child to talk about the issue.
- Find out what he already knows and follow his lead.
- If they are particularly young and haven’t heard of the outbreak yet, you may not need to raise the issue – take the opportunity to remind them of good hygiene practices without introducing new fears.
- Drawings, stories and other activities can help start a discussion.
- Above all, don’t minimize or avoid their worries.
- Be sure to acknowledge their feelings and assure them that it’s natural to be afraid of these things.
- Show that you are listening to them by giving them your full attention and make sure that they understand that they can talk to you.
2. Be honest: explain the truth in a kid-friendly way.
- Children have the right to get truthful information about what is going on in the world, but adults also have a responsibility to protect them from distress.
- Use language appropriate for their age, observe their reactions and be sensitive to their level of anxiety.
- If you can’t answer their questions, don’t guess.
- Take the opportunity to explore the answers together.
- Explain that some information online is not accurate and that it is better to trust the experts.