Kids and Coronavirus

Medically reviewed by Goodpath Medical Team,
March 19th, 2020

How To Keep Kids Healthy During Coronavirus

Answers to some common questions around how to help keep children safe and healthy during the coronavirus period.

Risk Level to Children

Kids don’t seem to have any higher risk than adults, per CDC. 

Kids do get sick with the coronavirus, but far more adults have been affected.

Common Symptoms

It’s simple - kids and adults have similar symptoms. 

However, most kids with confirmed coronavirus have milder symptoms than adults. Per the CDC, those symptoms have been: 

  • Cold-like symptoms: fever, runny nose, and cough

  • Less commonly, vomiting and diarrhea occur

Some children may be at higher risk for severe disease, such as those with suppressed immune systems or other chronic health problems. Anyone with worsening symptoms or trouble breathing should call their doctors right away.

Reminder: People with coronavirus may not have symptoms. This means it can be spread by people who look and feel healthy. So, keep following advice to protect yourself and others.

Use of Masks for Kids

Based on new information from the CDC as of April 3, 2020, the guidance on the use of masks has been updated.  

Masks for Kids in Public

Since many people who carry the virus do not have symptoms, all people, including children over the age of 2 years, should wear simple cloth face coverings in public. People should stay at least 6 feet away from others in such situations. 

It is most important to stay at home unless it is absolutely necessary to leave - for example, to buy food or medicine or get medical care.

Surgical masks and N-95 respirators must be reserved for those providing medical care.

Masks for Kids If Sick

If a child is sick, they should wear a mask around other people. They should also wear a mask before entering a medical office or hospital.

Children should stay away from others who are sick. If they are near someone who is sick, such as a parent, they should wear masks.

Protecting Children

While raising kids isn’t straightforward, protection is. 

It’s the same as what is currently recommended. Kids and adults should:

  • Wash hands often. Use hand sanitizer if soap and water isn’t available. 

  • Avoid touching the face. The virus gets into the body through the mouth, nose, and eyes.

  • Cover coughs or sneezes with an arm or a tissue. Wash hands after.

  • Avoid people who are already ill.

  • Sanitize high traffic surfaces, including toilets, remote controls, gaming consoles, doorknobs, phones, and computers

  • When outside, don’t use hands to touch or open doors or other items - and, again, use hand sanitizer often.

For more information, look for additional coronavirus advice or visit the CDC.