Talking with Children About Coronavirus/COVID-19
2 April 2020
As public conversations around Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) increase, children may worry about themselves, their family, and friends getting ill with COVID-19.
Our in-house microbiologists have written some short explanations of the virus, which may help you discuss it with children.
COVID-19 it is a new virus, a bit like the flu. It can cause coughing, sneezing and a fever. Anyone could be infected and become ill, but it may make older people like your grandparents very ill.
Try not to worry, it may seem a little scary, but most people do recover from this illness. Doctors and scientists are working very hard to help people stay healthy.
It can be passed from person to person by touch, so it is very important you remember to wash your hands properly, especially after blowing your nose, coughing, sneezing, using the toilet and before you eat anything. If you cough or sneeze, do it into a tissue, or your elbow, and throw the tissue 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, following these 5 steps –
1. WET YOUR HANDS
2. PUT SOAP ON YOUR HANDS
3. SCRUB YOUR HANDS TOGETHER TO MAKE BUBBLES
4. RINSE YOUR HANDS
5. DRY YOUR HANDS THOROUGHLY
You can sing your favourite song (or sing the 'Happy Birthday' song twice) while you do this.
Edward and Emily, the Evans Vanodine Bug Busting Team, can help you learn more about why it is important to keep your hands clean. Visit their website, where you will also find lots of puzzles and activities to do. Visit http://www.childrenshandwashing.co.uk/wash-your-hands
If you are a parent or teacher who wants more help about talking to your child or pupil about COVID-19, you will find further useful information here - https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/talking-with-children.html
DISCLAIMER: Evans Vanodine has become aware of profiteering by businesses and individuals reselling our products, in particular, in light of the COVID-19 outbreak. Handsan, Evans 70% alcohol hand sanitiser, is being resold on websites such as Ebay and refilled into pack sizes which our business does not manufacture. Please be vigilant when purchasing Evans products and do so through a registered distributor, not general retail websites where the goods may be fakes and packaged unsuitably. Action will be taken against any resellers who persist in misusing and misrepresenting the Evans Vanodine brand, and potentially endangering our customers.