For families around the world, coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is affecting day-to-day lives in unprecedented ways. In addition to taking simple precautions such as regularly cleaning hands, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has recommended that families put distance between themselves and others to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. In response, many events, businesses and schools are temporarily closing.
For parents, this creates a unique situation where kids will be at home much more than normal. Learn why it is important to stay healthy during this time and tips for navigating social distancing with children and teens.
Social distancing means keeping distance between yourself and other people. Much is still being learned about how COVID-19 spreads, but it is believed to spread mainly from person to person. This means the more people are in close contact with each other (about 6 feet), the more the virus has the chance to spread. Social distancing is an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19, which can be especially important for those who are at higher risk of illness.
The CDC does not outline all specifics of how to go about social distancing, but they have provided some guidance, including:
Adjusting to any new situation can be challenging, especially when it involves the uncertainty of a new virus. Here are a few ways you can navigate being at home with family while social distancing.