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Orange County Head Start, Inc. Letter to Parents


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Frequently Asked Questions About Children and COVID-19 (Coronavirus)



Q:  What is the risk of my child becoming sick with COVID-19?


A: Based on available evidence, children do not appear to be at higher risk for COVID-19 than adults. While some children and infants have been sick with COVID-19, adults make up most of the known cases to date.



Q: Are the symptoms of COVID-19 different in children than in adults?


A: No. The symptoms of COVID-19 are similar in children and adults. However, children with confirmed COVID-19 have generally presented with mild symptoms. Reported symptoms in children include cold-like symptoms, such as fever, runny nose, and cough. Vomiting and diarrhea have also been reported. It is not known yet whether some children may be at higher risk for severe illness, for example, children with underlying medical conditions and special healthcare needs. There is much more to be learned about how the disease impacts children.



Q: Should children wear masks?


A: No. If your child is healthy, there is no need for them to wear a facemask. Only people who have symptoms of illness or who are providing care to those who are ill should wear masks.



Q: When should a parent call the doctor?


A: Call your provider if you know you have been exposed to someone who is a positive COVID-19 case, or if you have a high fever, severe cough — just like you would otherwise.



Q: How can I help protect my children, myself, and others?


A: The best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to this virus. Right now, COVID-19 has not been found to be spreading in Orange County, so there are no additional precautions recommended for residents to take. However, as a reminder, the CDC always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, including:

· Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.

· Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.

· Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

· Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

· Clean and disinfect high-touch surfaces daily in household common areas (e.g. tables, hard-backed chairs, doorknobs, light switches, remotes, handles, desks, toilets, sinks)

· Launder items including washable plush toys as appropriate in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions. If possible, launder items using the warmest appropriate water setting for the items and dry items completely. Dirty laundry from an ill person can be washed with other people’s items.

· Stay home, and keep you children home, when sick.



RESOURCES


Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Recommendations and Information


Prevention and Treatment:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/prevention.html


Symptoms:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/symptoms.html


Steps to Prevent the Spread of COVID-19 If You are Sick:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/steps-when-sick.html


Cleaning and Disinfecting:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/home/cleaning-disinfection.html


Respiratory Etiquette:

https://www.cdc.gov/flu/prevent/actions-prevent-flu.htm


COVID-19 and Children:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/specific-groups/children-faq.html


For More Information and Information About Orange County


Orange County Department of Public Health

http://www.ochealthinfo.com/phs/about/epidasmt/epi/dip/prevention/novel_coronavirus


 
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