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4 Ways to explain Covid-19 to young children

Published May 13, 2020


DURBAN - With the possibility of schools reopening soon it is imperative that children fully understand and grasp what Covid-19, its dangers and preventative measures.

Here are a few ways to explain to children age 7 or younger what Covid-19 is: -

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1) Ask your children what they understand what Covid-19 is.

Find out what your child/children knows about Covid-19. They may have picked up on what they heard or seen. Children may be able to accurately explain what something is; however, they do not fully understand the concept.

2) Explain to them what Covid-19 is.

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Sit your child/children down and explain clearly that Covid-19 is a virus that enters via the nose, mouth or eyes and attacks the lungs. The viral cells attach themselves to the lungs and cause mucus to build in your lungs which causes breathing difficulties. Inform them of the common names of Covid-19.

3) List the accurate symptoms of COVID-19.

Make sure you list both flu-like symptoms and the defining Covid-19 symptoms such as red irritated eyes, difficulty breathing, lack of taste and smell and discolouration of the skin which varies from case to case. Stress the importance of informing you when they have these symptoms, even if it is not severe.

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4) Explain how they are able to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Remind your child/children that they need to wash their hands for 20 seconds with soap after they touch something, sanitize their hands as often as possible when they are unable to wash their hands, don’t hug people, wear a mask and keep 1-meter distance between people, who they do not live with, at all times. Make sure your child/children sanitize their shoes and bath, immediately after going outside.

To help your child/children remember what you have discussed, make a chart containing all the information about Covid-19.

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