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Personal Safety

Wash your hands frequently
Social distancing/Physical distancing
Cough into the bend of your arm or cover your mouth and nose with a tissue
Don’t touch your eyes, nose, or mouth
Stay home if you feel sick
If you have fever, cough and difficulty breathing, call your doctor or Telehealth Ontario 1 866-797-0000

Children

At present, COVID-19 seems to be much milder in babies and children. That said, there is currently no vaccine, so parents should do everything they can to protect children from getting it.

Avoid crowds. Keep kids away from crowded areas when possible.

Stay away from sick people. Keep children at least 6 feet away from anyone who is sick with a cough or fever, including family members.

Cough or sneeze into a tissue or your elbow. If you sneeze or cough into a tissue, throw it in the trash right away.

Keep your hands out of your mouth, nose, and eyes. This will help keep germs out of your body.

Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Follow these five steps—wet, lather (make bubbles), scrub (rub together), rinse and dry. You can sing the “Happy Birthday” song twice.

If you don’t have soap and water, have an adult help you use a special hand cleaner.

Keep things clean. Older children can help adults at home and clean the things we touch the most, like desks, doorknobs, light switches, and remote controls.

If you feel sick, stay home. Just like you don’t want to get other people’s germs in your body, other people don’t want to get your germs either.


Talk to your kids about what is going, some good articles on the subject ccan be found at:

CDC - Talking with children about Coronavirus Disease 2019
CNN - A guide to keeping your child safe and reassured as coronavirus spreads

Teens and Adults

An analysis by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention finds, among adults hospitalized between February 12 to March 16, 1 in 5 were 20 to 44 years old, as were 12 percent of those admitted to the ICU. Adults 45 to 64 years old made up 35 percent of hospitalized patients and 36 percent of ICU patients.

It's important for us all to take this seriously. For teens and adults practice the general rules at the top:

Wash your hands frequently
Social distancing/Physical distancing
Cough into the bend of your arm or cover your mouth and nose with a tissue
Don’t touch your eyes, nose, or mouth
Stay home if you feel sick
If you have fever, cough and difficulty breathing, call your doctor or Telehealth Ontario 1 866-797-0000

As well as these suggestions, if you are feeling stressed anxious check out the beow article:

CMHA - Tips to manage mental health during COVID-19


“An analysis by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention finds, among adults hospitalized between February 12 to March 16, 1 in 5 were 20 to 44 years old, as were 12 percent of those admitted to the ICU.

50+ and High Risk

Stay home if possible.
Wash your hands often.
Avoid close contact (6 feet, which is about two arm lengths) with people who are sick.
Clean and disinfect frequently touched services.
Avoid all cruise travel and non-essential air travel.
Call your healthcare professional if you have concerns about COVID-19 and your underlying condition or if you are sick.

Stress and coping

Those who are at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19 may experience increased stress during a crisis.
Fear and anxiety about the COVID-19 pandemic can be overwhelming and cause strong emotions.

Things you can do to support yourself

Take breaks from watching, reading, or listening to news stories and social media. Hearing about the pandemic repeatedly can be upsetting.
Take care of your body.
Take deep breaths, stretch, or meditate.
Try to eat healthy, well-balanced meals, exercise regularly, get plenty of sleep, and avoid alcohol and drugs.
Make time to unwind. Try to do some other activities you enjoy.
Connect with others. Talk with people you trust about your concerns and how you are feeling.
Call your healthcare provider if stress gets in the way of your daily activities for several days in a row.
If you, or someone you care about, are feeling overwhelmed with emotions like sadness, depression, or anxiety, or feel like you want to harm yourself or others call AMHS-KFLA crisis line 1.866.616.6005 or 911.

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Sources:

- City of Kingston
- KFL&A Public Health
- Telehealth Ontario
- World Health Organization (WHO)
- Science News
- World Meter
- Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
- Canadian Mental Health Association

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