What is Coronavirus (COVID-19)?

At the end of 2019, a new type of coronavirus began making people sick with flu-like symptoms. The illness is called coronavirus disease-19 — COVID-19 for short. The virus spreads easily and has now affected people in many countries with is epicentre being Wuhan in China. The disease causes respiratory illness (like the flu) with symptoms such as a cough, fever, and in more severe cases, difficulty breathing.

What Are the Signs & Symptoms of Coronavirus (COVID-19)?

COVID-19 causes a fever, cough, and trouble breathing. Some people have a sore throat. Symptoms are a bit like those people have with a cold or the flu. The virus can be more serious in some people, and may lead to illnesses like pneumonia.

How Does Coronavirus (COVID-19) Spread?

People can catch coronavirus from others who have the virus. This happens when an infected person sneezes or coughs, sending tiny droplets into the air. These can land in the nose, mouth, or eyes of someone nearby, or be breathed in. People also can get infected if they touch an infected droplet on a surface and then touch their own nose, mouth, or eyes. Experts are looking at whether the virus can spread through stool

Is Coronavirus (COVID-19) Dangerous to Children?

Experts are still learning about COVID-19. There are far fewer cases of the virus reported in children. Most of them caught the infection from someone they lived with or a family member. The virus seems to usually cause a milder infection in children than in adults or older people. Call your doctor if your child or someone in your family has a fever, cough, or other flu-like symptoms. Tell the doctor if they have been near someone with COVID-19 or lived in or traveled to an area where lots of people have the coronavirus. Make sure your children have all their vaccinations. Protect them against illnesses like measles and the flu. This helps keep them out of the doctor's office or hospital where they could be around other germs, including COVID-19. Plus, kids who have another infection may have a harder time getting better if they do get COVID-19.

How Can I Protect Children From Coronavirus (COVID-19)?

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use hand sanitizer. Look for one that is 60% or higher alcohol-based

  • Reduce close contact with others by practicing social distancing. This means staying home as much as possible and avoiding public places where close contact with others is likely.

  • Try to stay at least 6 feet (2 meters) away from other people

  • Try not to touch your eyes, nose, and mouth.

  • Always cough and sneeze into a tissue (make sure to throw it away after each use!) or to cough and sneeze into the arm or elbow, not in hands.

  • Wash your hands before eating.

  • Have a plenty of sleep as it boosts immune system

  • Wash stuffed animals or other plush toys, following manufacturer's instructions in the warmest water possible and dry them completely.

  • Stay at your home as much as possible.

  • If in any case you have to go out, go only with your elders, with properly covered mouth.